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Current Status of U.S. Aquaculture Research - Dr. Jeff Silverstein, National Program Leader, Aquaculture, USDA-Agricultural Research Service, from the 2013 NIAA Merging Values and Technology conference, April 15-17, 2013, Louisville, KY, USA.

Dr. Jeff Silverstein shares that Aquaculture is a very extremely efficient animal protein production system, plus provides healthy benefits like being high in protein, healthful omega3 fatty acids, essential vitamins and minerals. It also creates jobs in coastal communities and agricultural heartland.

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The Unwanted Horse Coalition: Working Towards Solutions - Ms. Ericka Caslin, Director, Unwanted Horse Coalition, American Horse Council, from the 2013 NIAA Merging Values and Technology conference, April 15-17, 2013, Louisville, KY, USA.

Ms. Ericka Caslin, Director, Unwanted Horse Coalition, American Horse Council, provides an update on the Unwanted Horse Coalition (UHC) plus details its mission and goals.

Colorado State Animal Disease Traceability Update - Dr. Keith Roehr, Colorado State Veterinarian, from the 2013 NIAA Merging Values and Technology conference, April 15-17, 2013, Louisville, KY, USA.

Dr. Keith Roehr, Colorado State Veterinarian, provides an update on the State of Colorado animal disease traceability system. Dr. Roehr mentions that Colorado needs better traceability and improved program disease management and that electronic tools and flexibility must be applied where it makes sense. The end goal is to help producers.

Texas State Animal Disease Traceability Update - Dr. Andy Schwartz, Assistant Executive Director, Texas Animal Health Commission, from the 2013 NIAA Merging Values and Technology conference, April 15-17, 2013, Louisville, KY, USA.

Dr. Andy Schwartz, Assistant Executive Director, Texas Animal Health Commission, gives the Texas State Animal Disease Traceability update. There is an ongoing effort to update the traceability rules in Texas to match the federal traceability rules. Dr. Schwartz recommends that the traceability rules should be reviewed in a year.

USDA Update on Animal Disease Traceability - Mr. Neil Hammerschmidt, Manager, Animal Disease Traceability, USDA/APHIS/VS, from the 2013 NIAA Merging Values and Technology conference, April 15-17, 2013, Louisville, KY, USA.

Mr. Neil Hammerschmidt, Manager, Animal Disease Traceability, USDA/APHIS/VS, shares an update on the USDA Animal Disease Traceability National Uniform Eartagging System (NUES). Mr. Hammerschmidt talks about some the specifications of the system plus what makes an ear tag "official" and by when.

Alabama State Animal Disease Traceability Update - Dr. Tony Frazier, Alabama State Veterinarian, from the 2013 NIAA Merging Values and Technology conference, April 15-17, 2013, Louisville, KY, USA.

Dr. Tony Frazier, Alabama State Veterinarian, gives an update on the Alabama State Animal Disease Traceability activity. Dr. Frazier shared that beef cattle 18 months of age and older must be officially ID’ed at change of ownership and that cattle moving interstate and must comply with the state of destination.

The 100K Genome Project and Food Safety - Dr. Bart Weimer, Professor – School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis, from the 2013 NIAA Merging Values and Technology conference, April 15-17, 2013, Louisville, KY, USA.

Dr. Bart Weimer, Professor, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis, provides information on how genomics plays a part in food safety. Dr. Weimer shares details of the science used and the processes to get the information in the right hands.

The Role of the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory in Supporting Animal Health and the Food Safety System - Dr. Hailu Kinde, Professor, California Animal Health and Food Safety, Laboratory System, San Bernardino Branch School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis, from the 2013 NIAA Merging Values and Technology conference, April 15-17, 2013, Louisville, KY, USA.

FMD in Vietnam: What Can We Learn? - Dr. Carla Huston, Associate Professor, Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine, from the 2013 NIAA Merging Values and Technology conference, April 15-17, 2013, Louisville, KY, USA.

Dr. Carla Huston, Associate Professor, Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine, details a case study on foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) in Vietnam. Key points from the case study: “Our” priorities may not be “their” priorities; Biotechnology is possible; and Flexibility and adaptability are necessary skills.