Two top-ranking USDA officials will be featured presenters at the San Antonio International Farm and Ranch Show to be held Oct. 14-16 at the San Antonio Livestock Exposition and Freeman Coliseum grounds in San Antonio, TX.


Edward Avalos, USDA undersecretary for marketing and regulatory programs, and Al Almanza, administrator for USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service, will be featured speakers at the show.


Avalos will give a presentation on fever ticks and animal identification, according to show coordinators.


"Fever ticks are a major livestock health concern, and animal identification is an often controversial topic among ranchers," says Lyle Larson, the show’s originator. "It will be interesting to have Avalos explain USDA's position on this subject and for him to hear the perspectives of ranchers attending the show."


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