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National Poultry Improvement Plan; General Conference Committee Meeting and Biennial Conference

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AGENCY:

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.

ACTION:

Notice of meeting.

SUMMARY:

We are giving notice of meetings of the General Conference Committee of the National Poultry Improvement Plan and of the Biennial Conference.

DATES:

The General Conference Committee will meet on September 7, 2006, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. The Biennial Conference will meet on September 8, 2006, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on September 9, 2006, from 8 a.m. to noon.

ADDRESSES:

The meetings will be held at the Red Lion Hotel on the River, 909 N. Hayden Island Drive, Portland, OR.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Mr. Andrew R. Rhorer, Senior Coordinator, National Poultry Improvement Plan, VS, APHIS, 1498 Klondike Road, Suite 101, Conyers, GA 30094; (770) 922-3496.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

The General Conference Committee (the Committee) of the National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP), representing cooperating State agencies and poultry industry members, serves an essential function by acting as liaison between the poultry industry and the Department in matters pertaining to poultry health. In addition, the Committee assists the Department in planning, organizing, and conducting the NPIP Biennial Conference.

Topics for discussion at the upcoming meetings include:

1. H5/H7 low pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI) program for commercial layers, broilers, and turkeys;

2. Compartmentalization of notifiable avian influenza free zones;

3. H5/H7 LPAI program for raised-for-release upland gamebird flocks;

4. Evaluation of rapid detection assays for Salmonella;

5. Evaluation of antigen detection assays for avian influenza; and

6. Modification of the current H5/H7 LPAI monitored program for commercial poultry flocks and slaughter premises.

The meetings will be open to the public. The sessions held on September 8 and 9, 2006, will include delegates to the NPIP Biennial Conference. However, due to time constraints, the public will not be allowed to participate in the discussions during either of the meetings. Written statements on meeting topics may be filed with the Committee before or after the meetings by sending them to the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. Written statements may also be filed at the meetings. Please refer to Docket No. APHIS-2006-0086 when submitting your statements.

This notice of meeting is given pursuant to section 10 of the Federal Advisory Committee Act. (5 U.S.C. App. 2).

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Done in Washington, DC, this 20th day of June 2006.

Kevin Shea,

Acting Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

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[FR Doc. E6-10020 Filed 6-23-06; 8:45 am]

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