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2015 NIAA Annual Conference & 

National Roundtable for Sustainable Aquaculture

Water and the Future of Animal Agriculture


Water. Without doubt the most important and controversial environmental issue on our planet. 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?


The conversation NIAA is pursuing at the Annual Conference about water quality, quantity and the operating environment will be dynamic and complex. 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.

Meritorious Service Award – This Award was presented posthumously to Dr. James McKean. The Meritorious Service Award is given in recognition of leadership, dedication and contributions to the organization and animal agriculture. The Award was presented by Dr. Patrick Webb (center) and accepted by Dr. McKean's daughter Maura (left), and wife Ellen (right).

Chairman's Award – Dr. Kevin Maher, Maher Technologies, GlobalVetLINK (left) was honored with the Chairman's Award as an outstanding volunteer, recognizing his unselfish dedication and tireless devotion to the advancement of animal agriculture. The Chairman's Award was presented by Glenn Fischer, Allflex, (right).

President's Award – Todd Low, Hawaii Dept. of Ag was recognized with the President's Award, presented to an NIAA committee or council chairman or vice chairman for exemplary leadership and dedication to the organization. The President's Award was presented by R. Scott Stuart, Managing Director, NIAA CEO. Pictured,Katie Ambrose, NIAA COO and Todd Low (right).

Advocate for Animal Agriculture Award - NIAA's Advocate for Animal Agriculture Award honors individuals who effectively build bridges with consumers by delivering strong, positive messages about animal agriculture. This year's recipients were Tony M. Forshey, DVM, State Veterinarian, Ohio Department of Agriculture Animal Health (left) and Lanny W. Pace, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVP, Executive Director, MS Veterinary Research & Diagnostic Laboratory System, Mississippi State University, pictured with Katie Ambrose, NIAA COO (center).

Retiring Board Members - Dr. Tony Frazier, State Veterinarian, Alabama Department of Agriculture & Industries, pictured with Ms. Katie Ambrose, COO of NIAA. Also retiring (not pictured) is Mr. Travis Justice, Arkansas Farm Bureau Federation.

Retiring Committee and Council Leaders - Presented by NIAA Board of Directors Vice Chair Dr. Tony Forshey, Ohio Department of Agriculture; Ms. Eileen Kuhlmann, University of Minnesota, Small Ruminant Committee; Dr. Matt Cochran, Texas Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory, Animal Health & Emergency Management Council; Ms. Sherri Webb, National Pork Board, Animal Care Council; Dr. Lindsey Holmstrom (not pictured), Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases at Texas A&M University, Animal Health and Emergency Management Council.

2015 NIAA Annual Conference Planning Committee - Dr. Michael Coe (left), Animal Profiling International, Inc.; Ms. Kathryn Britton, Where Food Comes From/IMI Global, Inc., Dr. Nevil Speer (not pictured), Individual Member.


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