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USDA APHIS to Host Farm Bill Listening Session Thursday, March 13

The US Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service announced today that it will hold a listening session on the Animal Welfare provision in the recently-enacted Farm Bill on Thursday, March 13, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. ET.  

To register for this teleconference, go to the following link.

A summary of the invitation follows:

Please join APHIS Administrator Kevin Shea and members of the Agency’s Management Team on Thursday, March, 13, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET for a Farm Bill Listening Session via teleconference to discuss the animal welfare provision in the bill that pertains to APHIS. This listening session is an opportunity for interested State and Tribal partners as well as stakeholders to comment on Section 12308(a) that provides de minimis authority under the Animal Welfare Act.

The listening session will begin with a short overview of the de minimis provision followed by stakeholder comments for the remainder of the call.  In order to hear from as many participants as possible, we ask that you plan to limit your comments to 3 minutes or less.  If you would like to provide a written copy of your comments either before or after the listening session, you can do so by sending them to me at

To participate in the listening session, please register in advance by clicking on the link below and providing your name, organization and email address.  Once you submit your information, you will promptly receive an email that includes the call-in number and a unique conference code to enter the call.  This will allow you to immediately join the call rather than waiting for an operator to connect you.  If you would like to make other colleagues aware of the call, please forward them the link below.  To avoid any problems connecting to the call, do not share your unique code.

Registration Link

For additional questions for comments, please contact:

Hallie Zimmers
Adviser for State and Stakeholder Relations
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

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