Secretary Johanns To Speak at ID/INFO EXPO 2006

USDA Secretary Mike Johanns has accepted an invitation to be the keynote speaker Wednesday, Aug. 23, at the annual ID/INFO EXPO 2006 in Kansas City, Mo., according to program chairman Robert Fourdraine. 


"The planning committee is extremely pleased with the Secretary's acceptance to speak," says Fourdraine. "The program's agenda includes overviews from all USDA officials actively involved in setting policy and leading implementation of the National Animal Identification System. This is a unique opportunity to hear the latest on progress and policies at a very critical time including the status of premises registration, implementation of Animal Identification Number management system and the Animal Trace Processing System."  


The National Institute for Animal Agriculture (NIAA) sponsors the ID/INFO EXPO, a conference and tradeshow, which will be held Aug. 22-24 at the Westin Crown Center. ID/Info Expo serves as the premier national meeting on animal identification. Leaders and stakeholders from government, industry, producer organizations, and academia will be attending.     


Fourdraine reports that both individual registrations and tradeshow participation are running well above the levels for past ID/INFO EXPOs for the same period prior to the event. "That doesn't mean that we'll run out of space, but it does indicate just how timely and important this event is, and I urge anyone concerned with animal ID to make plans soon to attend," he says.


For more information regarding the ID/INFO EXPO program, hotel accommodations, and registration, visit or call 270/782.9798. 


The NIAA provides a forum for building consensus and advancing solutions for animal agriculture and provides continuing education and communication linkages for animal agriculture professionals. NIAA is dedicated to programs that: work towards the eradication of disease that pose risk to the health of animals, wildlife and humans; promote a safe and wholesome food supply for our nation and abroad; and promote best practices in environmental stewardship, animal health, and well-being. NIAA members represent all facets of animal agriculture.

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