Arlington, VA – An animal health and production track featuring timely updates on animal disease, welfare and biotechnology issues will be featured at the American Meat Institute’s 2004 Annual Convention and Innovation Showcase, Sept. 30-Oct. 2 at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tenn.
The Animal Health and
Production track includes a three-and-one-half
hour education 'super session', Spotlight on
Animal Disease, Thursday, Sept. 30 from 8 to
11:30 a.m. This session will provide scientific
and regulatory updates regarding bovine
spongiform encephalopathy, foot-and-mouth
disease and avian influenza. Speakers include
Lisa Ferguson, DVM, senior staff veterinarian,
USDA, Southeast Poultry Research Laboratory
Director, David Swayne, Ph.D. and Mollie
Waller, vice president, Nutrition and Health
Promotion, Dairy Management, Inc. Beth Lautner,
DVM, director of USDA's Plum Island Animal
Disease Center is an invited
Also featured as part of the
track is the session, A Layman's Guide to
Animal Biotechnology, Friday, Oct. 1. from 8:30
– 10 a.m. Learn the basics of cloning,
genomics and transgenic technology. Led by
Steven Stice, Ph.D., University of Georgia,
whose group produced the first genetically
modified embryonic stem cell derived pigs and
cattle. The session also features Dr. Barbara
Glenn, director of animal biotechnology food
and agriculture, BIO.
Animal Care and
Welfare: Customer & Regulatory Developments is
the topic Friday, Oct. 1, from 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Get an inside look at the goals of both the
supplier and customer on animal care issues.
Session features Kellye Pfalzgraf, DVM, of
Tyson Foods and Randy Wilkinson, food safety
and security, Wal-mart. Learn also what
suppliers have been doing and continue to
ensure the health of their animals.
Annual convention features four education
tracks: Meat Industry Research Conference,
Animal Health and Production, Regulatory and
Management and Consumers: Changes and
Other convention highlights
· Special, pre-convention
conference, 'Sanitary Facility
· An Innovation Showcase featuring
more than 125 exhibitors of the latest
· General session- The
American Consumer In Changing Times: keynote
Harry Balzer, vice president, The NPD
· General session - Feeding The
World: The Promise and Political Perils of
Biotechnology; keynote Dennis Avery, director,
Center for Global Food
Registration is $595 for AMI
packer processors and exhibiting suppliers
registering though August 27. Non-member
packer-processors pay $695 through Aug. 27.
After the Aug. 27 early bird deadline these
rates increase by $100.
rates are detailed on the registration form.
To register online, go to www.MeatAMI.com. For
registration information, please contact Katie
Brannan at kbrannan@MeatAMI.com or
Established in 1906, the
American Meat Institute (AMI) is the nation's
oldest and largest meat and poultry trade
association. AMI is dedicated to increasing the
efficiency, profitability and safety of meat
and poultry trade worldwide.
2004 AMI Annual Convention and Innovation Showcase to Feature Animal Health TrackThursday, August 19, 2004
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Sr. VP, Public Affairs
Manager, Public Affairs