A two-day event — the first day for researchers, and the second for producers — will focus on improved bovine viral diarrhea (BVD) control in the U.S. “BVD Control: The Future is Now” is Jan. 30-31 in downtown Denver's Adam's Mark Hotel.

The Jan. 30 session is aimed at research scientists, veterinarians and lab diagnosticians. The Jan. 31 production-level session focuses on what producers and vet practitioners must know to prevent BVD and handle existing herd infections. Visit www.nadc.ars.usda.gov/BVDV2006/ for more info or to register.

Top 10 U.S. retail food companies
Company Sales
billion $
% of Market share
Supermarket All retail
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. 115.1 25.2 18.1
The Kroger Co. 60.0 12.5 9.0
Albertsons Inc. 38.4 8.4 6.1
Safeway Inc. 35.1 7.7 5.5
Costco Wholesale Group 28.3 6.2 4.5
Ahold USA Inc. 27.4 6.0 4.3
Sam's Club 22.3 4.9 3.5
Publix Super Markets 18.0 3.9 2.8
Delhaize America 15.8 3.5 2.5
SuperValu Inc. 10.6 2.3 1.7
TOTAL TOP 10 368.3 80.5 58.0
SOURCE: Food Marketing Institute. (FY 2004 sales)