A national plan for livestock identification is to be defined by the end of the year, according to the National Institute for Animal Agriculture (NIAA).

This spring, NIAA formed a task force to define animal identification in the U.S. More than 25 industry groups and a few government agencies are involved.

During the July 28-Aug. 1 ID/INFO EXPO 2002, in Chicago, the National Food Animal Identification Symposium will provide a forum to advance animal identification and consider task force recommendations. For meeting details, go to NIAA's Web site, www.animalagriculture.org, call (270) 782-9798 or e-mail NIAA@animalagriculture.org.