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Overview of Current FMD Countermeasures - Dr. Jon Zack, Director, Preparedness and Incident Coordination Staff at USDA – APHIS-VS, from the 2013 NIAA Merging Values and Technology conference, April 15-17, 2013, Louisville, KY, USA.

Dr. Jon Zack runs through a scenario of an outbreak starting at time zero. Dr. Zack details some of the steps in the detection and response of foot and mouth disease (FMD). He looks at quarantines, movement controls, and business continuity actions. Dr. Zack advises to understand your FMD response goals and you FMD preparedness goals.

Industry Perspectives on FMD Preparedness: Why Invest Now? - Mr. Charles Ahlem, Co-founding Owner, Hilmar Cheese, from the 2013 NIAA Merging Values and Technology conference, April 15-17, 2013, Louisville, KY, USA.

Government Preparedness Role and Response Framework: Where Animal Health Authority Leaves Off and Private Sector Agency Begins - Dr. Jon Zack, Director, Preparedness and Incident Coordination Staff at USDA – APHIS-VS, from the 2013 NIAA Merging Values and Technology conference, April 15-17, 2013, Louisville, KY, USA.

Response and Recovery Challenges Faced in FMD Outbreaks in Other Countries - Dr. Pam Hullinger, Associate Clinical Professor, Dept. of Medicine and Epidemiology at UC Davis, from the 2013 NIAA Merging Values and Technology conference, April 15-17, 2013, Louisville, KY, USA.

Crisis Communications Update: Messages and Channels - Ms. Stacey Stevens, VP, Media & Industry Affairs, DMI/National Dairy Council, from the 2013 NIAA Merging Values and Technology conference, April 15-17, 2013, Louisville, KY, USA.

Ms. Stacey Stevens provides a communications plan perspective that can be utilized in the event of a foot and mouth disease (FMD) outbreak. Some of the tools include messages tracks, feedback from consumer focus panel testing, and advice on how to develop and handle messages over the timeline of an outbreak.

PRRS Management in Wisconsin - Dr. Paul J. McGraw, Assistant State Veterinarian, WI Dept of Agriculture Trade and Consumer Protection, from the 2013 NIAA Merging Values and Technology conference, April 15-17, 2013, Louisville, KY, USA.

Measures to Minimize Influenza Transmission at Swine Exhibitions - Dr. Bret D. Marsh, State Veterinarian, Indiana State Board of Animal Health, from the 2013 NIAA Merging Values and Technology conference, April 15-17, 2013, Louisville, KY, USA.

Dr. Bret Marsh presents the 2012 H3N2 influenza virus events and looks ahead to 2013. Dr. Marsh provides a timeline from the 2012 state and county fairs activity. He then makes several recommendations for fair management to take on for 2013.

A New Approach to PRV and SB: A Concept - Dr. Troy Bigelow, USDA/APHIS/VS, from the 2013 NIAA Merging Values and Technology conference, April 15-17, 2013, Louisville, KY, USA.

Dr. Troy Bigelow overviews the paper "A New Approach to PRV and SB: A Concept" and the proposal for changing the regulations of pseudorabies and swine brucellosis. Dr. Bigelow points out that the regulations currently in place from 1970's and the effort to change them is a must so that the public are protected.

PRRS Working Group Update - Dr. Lisa Becton, Director of Swine Health Information & Research, National Pork Board, from the 2013 NIAA Merging Values and Technology conference, April 15-17, 2013, Louisville, KY, USA.

Swine Industry Efforts to Address Influenza - Dr. Jennifer Koeman, Director, Producer & Public Health, National Pork Board, from the 2013 NIAA Merging Values and Technology conference, April 15-17, 2013, Louisville, KY, USA.