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Avian Influenza Poultry Preparedness Briefing Planned
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 10/12/2006

A briefing for poultry and wild bird stakeholders on avian influenza will be held in the Badger State next week. The forum is slated for October 24 at the Sheraton Madison, located across the street from the Alliant Energy Center in Madison.

The purpose of the briefing is to educate the poultry and wild bird communities in Wisconsin about high pathogenicity avian influenza and the steps being taken at the federal, state and local levels to address the disease should it be discovered in domestic and/or wild bird populations.

The program goes from 9 a.m. to noon. It will include state, county and local agriculture and wildlife officials; Extension office representatives; Farm Bureau representative; Poultry association members; Backyard poultry owners; Pet bird owners; Local veterinarians and more.

There is no charge to attend this briefing. To register or to find out more, goto: www.aiaware.org/wi. The meeting is being organized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service in conjunction with the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture.

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