Wayne Maloney (301) 734-7255
USDA AND VIRGINIA STATE UNIVERSITY HOST NATIONAL ANIMAL IDENTIFICATION SYSTEM INFORMATIONAL MEETING
WASHINGTON, May 22, 2007--Officials from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service recently joined representatives from Historically Black Land Grant 1890s institutions, along with members of community-based organizations, state agriculture officials and producers to forge new partnerships to continue to implement the National Animal Identification System (NAIS).
“One of the keys to the success of NAIS is the continued cooperation of organizations and individuals from across all levels of government, industry and higher education,” said Bruce Knight, undersecretary for USDA’s marketing and regulatory programs mission area. “NAIS works best when it is actively shaped by those who participate in the in program.”
The conference, held from May 16 through May 18 on the campus of Virginia State University in Petersburg, Va., gave participants the opportunity to not only learn more about NAIS, but to work together to develop and implement NAIS outreach strategies tailored to the needs of minority producers and communities.
For more information on NAIS, please visit www.usda.gov/nais.
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