The National Institute for Animal Agriculture (NIAA) is planning a national forum for experts in animal agriculture, researchers in livestock health and experts in human health to come together for a dialogue about the use of antibiotics in food production.

“There is significant confusion regarding the use and potential effects of the use of antibiotics in food animal production,” states Leonard Bull, past NIAA chairman and leader of the forum planning committee. “This dialogue will provide the most up-to-date information on the research that has been done on the issue, what the science really means and what further research may be needed.”

“Antibiotic Use in Food Animals: A Dialogue for a Common Purpose” is planned for the Hotel InterContinental O’Hare, in Chicago, IL, on Oct. 26-27, 2011. The forum immediately follows the 2011 Food System Summit, hosted by the Center for Food Integrity, which is being held at the same venue.

Registration fee is $295, with discounts for early registration and for NIAA members. A special hotel rate is available for forum attendees.

More information is available at, or individuals may call NIAA at (719) 538-8843 for additional information.