Workabeba (Abby) Yigzaw (301) 734-7255
Lyndsay Cole (970) 494-7410
WASHINGTON, Oct. 12, 2011--The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) will hold a Secretary's Advisory Committee on Animal Health meeting on November 1 and 2. The meeting will be held in the United States Access Board conference room, 1331 F Street NW., Suite 800, Washington, D.C., from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. All committee meetings are open to the public.
Tentative discussion topics include:
Additional topics may be added to an updated agenda, which will be posted to the committee's website at www.aphis.usda.gov/animal_health/acah/ no later than October 25.
The meeting will be open to the public, and attendees should plan to arrive between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. Attendees should be prepared to provide picture identification to enter the United States Access Board conference room. Those planning to attend the meeting are asked to inform APHIS by sending an email through an access portal (SACAH Signup button) on the committee's website or directly to SACAH.Management@aphis.usda.gov. Please provide your name and organizational affiliation (if any), state which meeting date or dates you plan to attend, and indicate whether you wish to present an oral statement during the meeting.
Members of the public may also join the meeting via teleconference in “listen-only” mode by dialing 1-888-790-3291, followed by a public passcode, 1411045.
Twitter users may join through @USDA_APHIS and add #SACAH to any tweet that mentions @USDA_APHIS on the days of the meeting. If you do not have a Twitter account, you may still view live chats during the meeting on November 1 and 2, at www.twitter.com/USDA_APHIS.
Questions and written statements for the meeting may be submitted up to five working days in advance of the meeting for the committee's consideration. Questions and written statements may be sent via e-mail to SACAH.Management@aphis.usda.gov. Statements may also be filed with the committee after the meeting by sending them to: SACAH.Management@aphis.usda.gov.
The committee advises the Secretary of Agriculture on actions related to prevention, surveillance and the control of animal diseases of national importance. In doing so, the committee will consider the implications of public health, conservation of natural resources and the stability of livestock economies.
Notice of the meetings is published in today's Oct. 12 Federal Register.
For more information contact Michael R. Doerrer, chief operating officer, Veterinary Services, USDA, APHIS, 4700 River Road, Unit 37, Riverdale, Md. 20737; (301) 734-5034 or by e-mail at SACAH.Management@aphis.usda.gov.
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