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on February 2, 2011

'Meeting Growing Production Demands' theme of National Institute for Animal Agriculture Conference

NIAA to address animal agriculture’s challenges and opportunities associated with meeting increased food need.

The National Institute for Animal Agriculture has chosen “Meeting Growing Production Demands with Integrity” as its annual conference focus in order to address the need to feed the world’s growing population. The conference, which is set to take place April 11-14, 2011, in San Antonio, Texas, will establish and illustrate the need for food as well as the demands that will be placed on producers.

“With limited resources and increasing consumer demands and involvement, it will be even more important that animal agriculture continues to produce food, milk and fiber in responsible and sustainable ways and be in step with consumers who have a stake in food production,” said Dr. Robert Fourdraine, chairman of the NIAA, a non-profit organization whose membership covers the beef, dairy, goat, sheep, poultry, swine and equine industries.

General session topics and presenters include:

  • “Food Security and the Implications of World Economic Conditions and the Role of Animal Agriculture” – Dr. Terry Barr, senior director of industry research, CoBank, Washington, D.C.
  • “The Overarching Demand for Food and Implications for Resource Use and Ecosystems” – Dr. Frank Mitloehner, associate professor and air quality extension specialist, University of California-Davis, Davis, Calif.
  • “Consumers' Perceptions and Role in Understanding Current and Future Production Practices” – Charlie Arnot, Center for Food Integrity, Kansas City, Mo.
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