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BIO 2014 BIO LBS Concludes with a Glance into the Future of Animal Biotechnology

September 26, 2014
Celebrating its third Summit, BIO hosted more than 150 attendees at this year’s conference – of which 30 percent were at a Director or an Executive career level while the majority of attendees consisted of researchers, scientists, academics, and chief scientific officers. Additionally, this year BIO hosted several academic students from the local universities, including South Dakota State University (SDSU), as well as the Future Farmers of America (FFA) South Dakota chapter.
“The 2014 Livestock Biotech Summit successfully brought together all parties and partners within the animal biotechnology community to address concerns and to help find solutions to current challenges being encountered within the industry,” said Cathy Enright, Executive Vice President, Food and Agriculture at BIO. “Additionally, we were fortunate to hold this year’s Summit in Sioux Falls, South Dakota which houses a plethora of innovative animal biotech companies and research facilities, making it an ideal location to hold these important discussions and providing attendees with a first-hand view into this critical industry.”

High profile speakers for this year’s Summit included Dr. James Murray, Professor Animal Science and Population Health at the University of California at Davis, Dr. Richard Raymond, former undersecretary of agriculture for food safety at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Dr. Sonny Ramaswamy, director of the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), and journalist Christie Nicolson, the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science. 
"We need to find a way to feed the world in sustainable way through means that require less land, less water and less resources," said Murray. "Genetically Engineered livestock are needed to help feed a rapidly growing population’s demand for protein." 

The BIO 2014 Livestock Biotech Summit three day programming touched on issues such as engaging consumers, animal welfare, the promise of the technology. The Summit closed with remarks by renowned animal scientist Dr. Jim Murray, Professor of Animal Science and Population Health at the University of California at Davis. Visit BIO’s Livestock Biotech Summit website for post-Summit blogs and tweets highlighting session discussions and keynote presentations.

BIOtechNOW Posts Covering the Summit:

September 23: Jim Murray Closes BIO LBS with Memorable Keynote

September 18: NIFA Addresses Leveraging Research Funding in Animal Biotechnology

September 18: South Dakota Gov Daugaard Recieves BIO Food & Ag Award

September 17: A Hungry Person Today Only has One Problem to Solve

September 16: 2014 LBS: Improving Communications Around Animal Biotech

September 10: IP Rights to Newsworthy Keynotes, BIO Takes a Fresh Look into Animal Biotech

September 5: Summit to Explore Livestock Biotech Advances

August 25: BIO to Host High-Level Speakers at 2014 LBS

August 22: South Dakota Leads the Way in Livestock Agriculture!

August 11: For 2014 LBS – Early Bird Rates Plus a Complimentary Registration!

July 30: Former Undersecretary of Agriculture for Food Safety Speaks Out for Animal Ag

July 22: BIO Highlights the Importance of Care and Use of Animals at 2014 Livestock Biotech Summit

Read more on the Summit here:

Argus Leader (September 17, 2014) Animal Biotechnology Industry Thrives in State’s Climate

KDLT News (September 16, 2014) Biotech Summit Returns to Sioux Falls

Argus Leader (September 16, 2014) National Summit Brings Biotechnology Experts to Sioux Falls

Midwest Producer (September 15, 2014) Food Safety Expert is Speaker for Livestock Biotech Summit

Argus Leader (September 12, 2014) My Voice: Building a Better Animal

CattleNetwork (September 8, 2014) SDSU Offers Tour of Animal Research Facilities during BIO Summit

Argus Leader (September 4, 2014) Summit to Explore Livestock Biotech Summit

Rapid City Journal (August 19, 2014) Daugaard: Leading the Way in Biotechnology