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North Central Region International Conference

Hosted by:
North Dakota State University

Contacts:Dr. Charlie Stoltenow and Lisa Pederson

June 4 - 6, 2008
The FargoDome Fargo, ND

Proposed Agenda:
(Schedule and Speakers subject to change without notice)

Wednesday June 4, 2008

Opening session at the Fargo Air Museum

5:00 pm Registration
6:00 pm Reception Dinner
7:00 pm Welcome and Opening Remarks


Cooperative State Research, Education, and Economics Service
Gale Buchanan, USDA Under Secretary for Research, Education and Economics, Washington, D.C.

Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service
Dr. Mark Robinson
, National Program Leader Animal Agrosecurity, Washington, DC

Who is EDEN?
Steve Cain, Extension Disaster Education Network
Homeland Security Director, Purdue University

Conference Key Note Address; UK's FMD Outbreaks 2001 & 2007 - What Did We Learn?
Dr. Steve Van Wie, Animal Agrosecurity Consultant, Hortonville, WI

Thursday June 5, 2008

Sessions 1-4 at the FargoDome

Session 5 at Sheppard Arena

7:00 am Doors Open
8:00 am Sessions Begin

Session 1

Preparing for and responding to a common foe, animal agrosecurity along an international border.

Dr. John Clifford, Deputy Administrator, USDA Veterinary
Services, Washington, DC

Dr. Debbie Barr, National Manager, CFIA Animal Health Division, Import/Export Section, Ottawa, ON

Dr. Susan Keller, North Dakota State Veterinarian, Bismarck, ND

Dr. Ron Lewis, British Columbia Provincial Veterinarian,
Abbotsford, BC

Session 1 Q & A video

Session 2

Laboratory capabilities

Dr. Paul Kitching, Director National Centre for Foreign
Animal Disease, CFIA, Winnipeg, MB

Dr. Beth Lautner, Director National Veterinary Services
Laboratories, USDA, Ames, IA

Dr. Grant Maxie, President American Association of
Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians, Guelph, ON

Session 2 Q & A video

Lunch Break (on your own)

Fargo's Annual Ribfest scheduled to be held next door.

Session 3

Making scientific decisions in a political environment: Risk and disaster communication.

Dr. Kathleen Connell, Foxglove Consulting, former
Washington State Veterinarian, Olympia, WA

Charlie Powell, Public Information Officer, Washington State
University, College of Veterinary Medicine, Pullman, WA

Session 4

Industry/Border Perspectives

Jeff Clark, Manitoba Pork, Winnipeg, MB

Ashby Green, VP for Producer Education, National
Cattlemens Beef Association (NCBA), Denver, CO

Jim Leafstedt, President, United States Animal Health
Association (USAHA)

Larry Shnell, Owner, Stockmen's Livestock Exchange, Dickinson, ND

Session 4 Q & A video

Dinner Break 5:30-7:00 (Dinner served at Sheppard Arena at 6:00)

Session 5 (Sheppard Arena, NDSU Campus)

7:00-8:00 pm

Live Animal High Frequency RFID demonstration
Dickinson Research Extension Center

NDSU Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE)

Kris Ringwall, Director, Dickinson Research Extension Center (DREC).


Friday June 6, 2008

Sessions 6-8 at the FargoDome

7:00 am Doors Open
8:00 am Sessions Begin

Session 6

Emergency Management

Michael Lynk
, Special Agent, Fusion Center, ND Bureau of
Criminal Investigation, Bismarck, ND
No video available.

Lt. Col. Larry Shireley Commander, Civil Support
Unit, US Airforce Reserve, Fargo, ND

Chuck Sanderson, Executive Director, Emergency Measures Organization, Intergovernmental Affairs, Winnipeg, MB, "Avian influenza planning in Manitoba-the power of collaboration and cooperation"

Session 6 Q & A video

Session 7

Education, training, and utilizing non-governmental organizations (NGO's)

Dr. Danelle Bickette-Weddle, Associate Director, Center for Food Security and Public Health, Iowa State University, Ames, IA

Dr. Heather Case, Assistant Director of Emergency
Preparedness and Response, American Veterinary Medical
Association (AVMA), Schaumburg, IL

Andrea Husband, Program Coordinator for Agroterrorism
and Disaster Preparedness, University of Kentucky,
Lexington, KY

Shanyn Silinski, Executive Director Manitoba Farm Animal
Council, Winnipeg, MB, "Livestock Emergency Response Unit: The Manitoba Model"

Session 7 Q & A video

Lunch Break (on your own)

Session 8

Engaging public health: It's not just about animals anymore.
Dr. Heidi Kassenborg, Director, Disease Investigation and Emergency Response

All emergencies are local. Putting together an animal emergency plan at the local level.
Linda Williams, Extension County Agent/County Emergency Manager, Chouteau County, Fort Benton, MT
No video available.

An inside look from the outside: What have we learned and where do we go from here?
Dr. Norm Willis, Managing Partner Research & Life Sciences, Professional Development Institute, Ottawa, CA

Adjourn 3:15 pm

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