“Farmland Security: Ensuring Our Future” is the theme of the 2004 annual meeting of the National Institute for Animal Agriculture (NIAA). The meeting is slated for April 4-8 at the Marriott City Center Hotel in Salt Lake City, UT.

In the opening general session, government officials will discuss new plans for customs and border protection, the future role of the Plum Island Animal Disease Center and the proposed National Food Security Project. Intelligence and terrorist experts will discuss emerging threats to U.S. animal agriculture. An agricultural official will review plans for a national animal identification system for rapid response to BSE, foot-and-mouth disease and other threats.

Fifteen NIAA committees will cover issues affecting animal agriculture.

More information on the meeting can be found at www.animalagriculture.org or by calling (270) 782-9798.