The 2005 annual meeting of the National Institute for Animal Agriculture is scheduled for April 3-7 at the Radisson Riverfront Hotel in St. Paul, Minn.

NIAA’s annual meeting brings together producers, veterinarians, business executives, scientists, academicians, state and federal regulatory officials and other stakeholders in the animal food and fiber industry to discuss the latest issues in animal agriculture.

The opening general session will include a number of keynote presentations by several agricultural leaders.

NIAA committees will present 15 information-packed seminars addressing the breadth of issues affecting animal agriculture today. Other groups that will meet in conjunction with the NIAA annual meeting include the National Assembly of State Animal Health Officials, National Johne’s Working Group, National Animal Health Emergency Management Steering Committee and the National Animal Identification System Subcommittee of the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Foreign Animal and Poultry Diseases.

A special feature at the 2005 meeting will be a one-day symposium, Protecting the Global Food Supply: Growing Concerns for Emerging Zoonotic Diseases. The symposium, April 7, will take an in-depth look at the interaction of public health, wildlife and animal diseases.

NIAA’s provides forums for building consensus and advancing solutions for animal agriculture and provides continuing education and communication linkages for animal agriculture professionals.

More information on the 2005 NIAA annual meeting, including registration, hotel and sponsorship information, can be found on the Internet at www.animalagriculture.org, or by calling 270-782-9798.