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Communicating with the Public - Ms. Madeline McCurry-Schmidt, Scientific Communications Associate, American Society of Animal Science, from the 2013 NIAA Merging Values and Technology conference, April 15-17, 2013, Louisville, KY, USA.

Goat Herd Improvement Program as Conducted Through KSU - Dr. Kenneth Andries, Assistant Professor, Kentucky State University, from the 2013 NIAA Merging Values and Technology conference, April 15-17, 2013, Louisville, KY, USA.

Dr. Kenneth Andries, Assistant Professor, Kentucky State University, outlines the goat improvement program as conducted at Kentucky State University. Dr. Andries details the background of the program and the metrics being organized throughout the process. Key goal is to help producers understand how to utilize performance data.

How Do You Talk to Livestock Producers About Genetics? - Dr. Debra Aaron, Professor, Statistics; Beef Cattle Genetics, Dept. of Animal and Food Sciences, University of Kentucky, from the 2013 NIAA Merging Values and Technology conference, April 15-17, 2013, Louisville, KY, USA.

Dr. Debra Aaron, Professor, Statistics; Beef Cattle Genetics, University of Kentucky, provides insight on how to communicate the ideas and concepts of genetics. She provides examples of college courses on genetics plus offers a highlight of the various course material. Dr. Aaron's take away:

Feeding the World - Dr. Kate Jacques, Director of Nutrition, Alltech USA, from the 2013 NIAA Merging Values and Technology conference, April 15-17, 2013, Louisville, KY, USA.

What Regulatory Programs Mean to the Poultry Industry - Dr. Suzanne Young Dougherty, Director of Veterinary Services, Keystone Foods, from the 2013 NIAA Merging Values and Technology conference, April 15-17, 2013, Louisville, KY, USA.

The Role of the Diagnostic Laboratory in the Poultry Industry - Dr. Joel Cline, Laboratory Director, J.B.Taylor Diagnostic Lab, Elba, AL, from the 2013 NIAA Merging Values and Technology conference, April 15-17, 2013, Louisville, KY, USA.

Impact of Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Controls on Exports: The Trade Tactic of Choice - Mr. Bill Westman, VP of International Trade, American Meat Institute, from the 2013 NIAA Merging Values and Technology conference, April 15-17, 2013, Louisville, KY, USA.

Mr. Bill Westman, VP of International Trade, American Meat Institute, points out while the global production of livestock animals has been steady or in decline, meat production has increased due to the adoption of innovative technologies. Examples include genetic improvements, animal husbandry, and advances in feed technology.

What the Packer Considers in Food Safety and Food Quality Issues - Dr. John Ruby, Technical Services, JBS USA, from the 2013 NIAA Merging Values and Technology conference, April 15-17, 2013, Louisville, KY, USA.

Antimicrobial Resistance: Do We Know Everything? - Dr. Sid Thakur, Assistant Professor, North Carolina State University, from the 2013 NIAA Merging Values and Technology conference, April 15-17, 2013, Louisville, KY, USA.

Dr. Sid Thakur, Assistant Professor, North Carolina State University, studies antibiotic resistance on farm, slaughter, retail, and human environments. Dr. Thakur states that antimicrobial resistance is an international problem. Additionally antimicrobial and antibiotic use spans all parts of the chain from farm, food processing, food services, food retail, and home.

Legislative/Regulatory Update (Congress activities, regulatory activities, AVMA stance) - Dr. Christine Hoang, Assistant Director, Scientific Activities Division, American Veterinary Medical Association, from the 2013 NIAA Merging Values and Technology conference, April 15-17, 2013, Louisville, KY, USA.