News Release




July 28, 2006


Contact: Michele Vise-Brown
Gale Johnson




BOWLING GREEN, KY — With more than 50 speakers ranging from the Secretary of Agriculture’s perspective regarding current animal ID solutions to discussion on the pro’s and con’s of the National Animal Identification System (NAIS), ID/INFO EXPO 2006 is a meeting “Not to be missed,” says program chair Robert Fourdraine.


The event is scheduled for August 22-24 at the Westin Crown Center Hotel in Kansas City.   Early conference registration and special hotel room rate offers end August 1.   


As announced earlier, Secretary Mike Johanns, U.S. Department of Agriculture, will address the meeting, Wednesday, August 23.   Other key USDA officials responsible for implementing NAIS will make presentations throughout the three-day meeting.  The meeting will also offer comprehensive focus on providing practical solutions available to producers and industry today.

In addition, representatives of the NAIS Species Working Groups will start the 3-day program by updating attendees on their recommendations and state officials will report on their implementation status, including premises registration efforts.  


“We’ll also have an opportunity to hear not only the attributes of NAIS but all viewpoints regarding the implementation of a National Animal Identification System,” explains Fourdraine.  “In a special session, several industry representatives and producers will be on the program to express their concerns.  Amongst the participants in this session will be Mary Zanoni (PhD, JD), an outspoken critic of NAIS who considers herself an advocate for sustainable agriculture” says Fourdraine.  


ID/INFO EXPO is a national event of the National Institute for Animal Agriculture, a national trade association representing all sectors of animal agriculture.   For more information and to register for the event and to make a hotel reservation online go to or call 270-782-9798. 


The National Institute for Animal Agriculture 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 from 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.


NOTE THE MEDIA: We are pleased to announce that Schering-Plough Animal Health and its Global Animal Management division is sponsoring the NIAA Media to help you cover this event.  Media registration is complimentary.  Details regarding the Secretary of Agriculture’s address will continue to be updated on the NIAA website.