Technology continues to shape our world, including that of the pig industry. At WATT, we continue to use new and emerging technologies to improve our ability to provide knowledge about the industries we serve.

Our publications are available online and in digital format. We have enhanced our delivery of information through the use of websites that go hand-in-hand with our magazines and newsletters to provide more in-depth exploration of issues, opportunity for discussions, commentary and the latest on product introductions and industry events. WATT has also had a global perspective on the industry that spans decades with a rich history of worldwide coverage and industry reach.

Global coverage

WATT has successfully united its global coverage with the latest technologies in the past for the most efficient and timely delivery of industry data and services. The newest example? WATT is announcing the first "virtual" forum focused on the latest animal nutrition and health information for global animal feed, poultry and swine professionals to take place on 29 April 2009. This undertaking, besides being the first of its kind to be focused on our industries, marks a significant opportunity for the animal health and nutrition industry and those allied with it.

Nutritionists, veterinarians, animal production/husbandry managers, and technical consultants as well as manufacturers and marketers of animal health products, feed ingredients and feed additives, will engage in real-time interaction by making use of any available local internet access.

Far from the usual online experience, the virtual forum will provide true capabilities for interaction.

Networking opportunities

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There will be live panel and individual presentations on the latest animal nutrition and health information and issues, with question-and-answer sessions from top industry experts throughout the day. This one-day education forum is 100% virtual, online and free to attend.  Thousands of participants from around the world will be able to network with other visitors and access knowledge from a global forum of topics and speakers, all without the cost of travel.

The forum provides an innovative way to present quality information and new knowledge from professionals to provide engaging content and the latest information on the issues most affecting our industry.

"Technology has advanced to the point where virtual forums and conferences look and feel remarkably like their physical counterparts delivering the same knowledge-sharing and personal interactions, while also providing a rich networking experience," says WATT President and CEO Greg Watt. "We wanted to provide the ultimate online experience platform for the global animal agribusiness community to interact."

The forum allows participants to communicate real-time with experts in the animal nutrition and health fields worldwide through instant messaging, chats, e-mails or electronic business cards.

The forum will be held for one day and will be archived and available "on demand" for 90 days after taking place to provide access for those who were not able to attend.