National Institute for Animal Agriculture Launches Policy Review Panels


NIAA will offer unbiased, third-party reviews to organizational policies related to animal agriculture.


The National Institute for Animal Agriculture (NIAA) has launched a new program to review organizational policies and positions specific to animal agriculture as a third-party reviewer.

As the protein value chain works to continuously improve, new animal agriculture policies and positions are often adopted by organizations. Access to third-party subject matter experts through NIAA ensures the latest science and information for practical animal handling and husbandry practices are applied. Review panels span all species and sectors of the animal agriculture value chain.

As a convener of interdisciplinary leaders to explore, discuss, and learn about specific topics and issues, NIAA’s mission is put into action through this program. NIAA Animal Agriculture Policy Review Panels are assembled upon request by animal agriculture stakeholders to review a specific organizational policy or position statement. The Policy Review Panels are comprised of subject matter experts (SMEs) and serve to:

  • Determine if the policy follows the latest scientific research;
  • Assess if the policy encourages continuous improvement;
  • Review the policy for practical application;
  • Evaluate if the policy is balanced to allow for species, regional, cultural, and other differences in production practices and models; and,
  • Offer feedback and counsel that the requesting organization can implement into the policy.

NIAA provides the panel of SMEs with the proposed policy text with no distinguishing language or branding to prevent bias. Feedback from the panel is aggregated into a final report by NIAA staff and includes the credentials of the SMEs. NIAA does not share confidential review panel reports. However, reports may be shared by the requesting organization if they choose.

“We look forward to continuing to serve the animal agriculture community as policies and positions on a variety of animal agriculture topics are developed or revised,” said Eric Moore, NIAA board chairman and director of technical services – North America of Norbrook, Inc. “A NIAA Policy Review Panel just completed its first report, and the requesting organization shares the practical feedback was ‘well received’ and will be applied to their final position statement.”

To learn more about NIAA’s Animal Agriculture Policy Review Panels, contact NIAA’s executive director J.J. Jones or visit

Weekly News Bulletin: January 14, 2021


As a leader in animal agriculture preparing for 2021, please save the dates for the National Institute for Animal Agriculture’s 2021 annual conference and 11th Annual NIAA Antibiotic Symposium. We look forward to continuing to convene the depth and breadth of animal agriculture as, together, we learn, discuss, and collaborate on issues affecting the animal agriculture sector of today’s food system. 

The annual conference planning team is finalizing the agenda and speakers in the coming weeks. Please stay tuned for additional details and registration information.


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OPPORTUNITIES in Animal Agriculture

Dealer Statutory Trust Webinar

Livestock Dealer Statutory Trust is now law! Dealer Trust gives sellers of livestock (often livestock auction markets or producers) the legal priority to get livestock back when a livestock dealer fails to pay. If the cattle have been resold, the unpaid sellers are now first in line for the proceeds. 

But how will a Dealer Trust function? What does this mean for cattle producers, feeders, dealers, livestock auction markets, and lenders? Livestock Marketing Association will be hosting a virtual call regarding Dealer Statutory Trust on Thursday, January 21, at 7 p.m. Central via Zoom. 

Learn more by visiting here.

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The American Boer Goat Association (ABGA) is a founding member of the American Goat Federation. ABGA is a breed registry established in 1993 – a young organization with a lot of potential and a brand new state-of-art office building in San Angelo, Texas. ABGA is actively searching for applicants to fill their Executive Director position. The Association is seeking a dynamic and experienced business professional from the livestock industry. A tremendous opportunity exists to drive technological efficiencies and process improvements for a results oriented executive with a proven track record.

Learn more by visiting here.

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This role will be an important component to our existing team and will position Aspire Food Group to address the massive market potential ahead. The position is located in Austin, TX. 

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For more information or to apply, click here.


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