The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) will host a series of public meetings on its national bovine tuberculosis (TB) program. The meetings will take place next month in Michigan, Minnesota, Texas, California and Washington, D.C.

“We want to hear directly from producers and stakeholders on our TB program and are looking for innovative, realistic approaches to effectively addressing this disease in the United States,” said APHIS administrator Cindy Smith. “We can improve the TB program so that it can meet current challenges, but public participation is vital to reach that goal.”

APHIS will gather information and feedback from producers and stakeholders while also providing an opportunity for group discussions. These discussions will explore approaches to reducing the risk of disease transmission from affected herds, disease mitigation measures for wildlife and whether the program’s objective should be eradication or control of TB in domestic livestock. Other topics include budget concerns, import issues and indemnities. Meeting participants have the opportunity to pose questions and offer written and oral comments.

The public meetings will be from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. local time, with registration one hour prior to each meeting. The meetings will take place in the following locations:

  • Monday, Dec. 8: Holiday Inn South/Convention Center, 6820 S. Cedar St., Lansing, MI 48911
  • Wednesday, Dec. 10: Hilton Minneapolis, 1001 Marquette Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55403
  • Thursday, Dec. 11: Hilton Garden Inn Austin Downtown, 500 North IH 35, Austin, TX 78701
  • Friday, Dec. 12: Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel, 1230 J St., Sacramento,
    Calif. 95814.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 16: Renaissance M Street Hotel, 1143 New Hampshire Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C. 20037