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Annual conference to mix important discussions, business and networking

NIAA is bringing together producers, veterinarians, researchers and other stakeholders from all industries to discuss vital issues surrounding animal agriculture and water.

Water and the Future of Animal Agricultureis the featured topic for the 2015 Annual Conference of the National Institute for Animal Agriculture to be held in Indianapolis, Indiana, in March. The conference will also feature species and issue–based committees and councils, a business meeting, and Annual Awards reception.

The conversation at the Annual Conference will focus on water quality, quantity and the operating environment and will be dynamic and complex. How can production agriculture be as sustainable as it can be? How is animal agriculture impacting water quality? Is fracking affecting water quality for animal agriculture? What water regulations need to be in place or changed?

During the two–day conference there will be presentations and discussions focused on the issues of sustainability, water use, water regulation and water quality as it applies to animal agriculture and its place in the world today and into the future.

A pre–conference optional Indiana Ag Tour will kick off the week on Monday, March 23, followed by a full day of presentations and meetings on Tuesday, March 24 and a half–day on Wednesday, March 25.

NIAA will host a National Roundtable for Sustainable Aquaculture (NRSA) Workshop after the close of its Annual Conference, starting Wednesday afternoon, March 25th and concluding after a full day on March 26th. NRSA is a A Stakeholders Working Group of the National Institute for Animal Agriculture. The workshop will be facilitated by Dr. Marty Matlock, Ph.D., P.E., B.C.E.E., a professor of ecological engineering at the University of Arkansas.

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"The workshop is designed to stimulate stakeholder input and discussion on defining Key Performance Indicators (KPI's) for a growing, vibrant, profitable and sustainable U.S. aquaculture industry," Dr. David Scarfe, NRSA Co–Chair and assistant director of the AVMA Scientific Activities Division, said. The National Roundtable will also work to define aquaculture sustainability in the U.S., discuss how to increase profitability and efficiency, and much more.

NIAA would like to thank Farm Credit and GlobalVetLink for their partnership in the 2015 Annual Conference. Other sponsorship opportunities of the 2015 NIAA Annual Conference and for the NRSA Workshop are available. Contact Katie Ambrose at at NIAA at 719-538-8843, extension 14 for details.

There is a $50 Early Bird discount for Conference Registration before March 2nd. The complete conference including the NRSA Workshop is $465 for NIAA members and $490 for non–members.

For more information about the 2015 NIAA Annual Conference, "Water and the Future of Animal Agriculture, being held in Indianapolis, IN at the Hyatt Regency Indianapolis March 23-26 or to register online, go to http://www.animalagriculture.org/2015AnnualConference or contact the NIAA by calling 719–538–8843 or emailing niaa@animalagriculture.org.

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