Madelaine Fletcher (301) 734-6125
Angela Harless (202) 720-4623
WASHINGTON, April 21, 2008--The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) will hold a meeting of the general conference committee of the national poultry improvement plan (NPIP) on June 5, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Meetings of the biennial conference, including NPIP delegates, also will take place on June 6, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and June 7, from 8 a.m. to noon. The meetings will take place at the Portland Marriott at Sable Oaks, 200 Sable Oaks Drive, South Portland, Maine.
The general conference committee serves as the liaison between the poultry industry and USDA in matters pertaining to poultry health. In addition, the committee assists USDA in planning, organizing and conducting the NPIP biennial conference.
Topics for discussion at the upcoming meeting include:
Due to time limitations of the meeting, public comment will be accepted only through written statements filed with the committee at the meeting, or mailed to Andrew R. Rhorer, senior coordinator, NPIP, USDA, APHIS, VS, 1498 Klondike Road, Suite 101, Conyers, GA 30094. Refer to Docket No. APHIS-2008-0040 when submitting statements.
Notice of the meeting was published in the April 18 Federal Register.
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