USDA’s announcement in February that the agency would redirect its efforts regarding animal identification to the development of a framework for animal disease traceability had two outcomes. First, it placed USDA in the role of determining rules for the interstate movement of animals, and second, it left states and tribal nations with the responsibility of traceability within their own borders.

The questions those changes raised led USDA to hold a series of public sessions. But the sessions did not allow all animal health officials and industry participants the opportunity to meet jointly to formulate an animal disease traceability system to best serve both groups.

To achieve that goal, the U.S. Animal Health Association (USAHA) and the National Institute for Animal Agriculture are co-hosting a Joint Strategy Forum on Animal Disease Traceability to be held Aug. 30-31, 2010 in Denver, CO.

The forum will provide interaction among industry and government officials and producers and a chance to review preliminary standards being developed by USDA’s Traceability Regulatory Working Group.

The forum is open to all interested in the development of an effective and efficient system of identifying animals that move across state lines and tribal lines in the United States.

The forum will take place at the Renaissance Denver Hotel. For hotel reservation and forum registration, go to www.animalagriculture.org or www.usaha.org.