“Sustaining Animal Agriculture: Balancing Bioethical, Economic and Social Issues” is a three-day symposium designed to address the impacts and consequences of regulations on food-animal agriculture.

The free symposium slated for June 8-10 in Washington, DC, will be held at Jefferson Auditorium in USDA’s South Agriculture Building at 1400 Independence Ave. SW.

On June 8, Wes Jamison of Palm Beach Atlantic University will discuss the ethical use of food animals.

Ron Plain of the University of Missouri will cover historical perspectives of the integration of animal agriculture.

A panel will review trends in society and their impact on future food animal systems.

Two panels the morning of June 9 will provide different views of sustainable agriculture and evaluate the need for a collaborative vision.

Brian Buhr, University of Minnesota, addresses economics of size and scale as applied to biological systems.

John Deen, DVM, University of Minnesota, covers future welfare of farmers and their animals.

A panel provides a comprehensive analysis of the future of certification and regulatory programs.

On the program June 10, William Weldon of Elanco Animal Health discusses how to feed a growing world and U.S. population.

Phil Seng of the U.S. Meat Export Federation reviews trade considerations and Office of International Epizootics guidelines.

Paul Lasley of Iowa State University closes with a look at whether farmers and rural communities are destined to become second-class citizens.

The conference is hosted by the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. For more information, go to http://www.cast-science.org.