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University of Iowa News Release

March 4, 2004

Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations Conference Set For March 29

A public conference on the topic of concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) will be Monday, March 29 at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Iowa City. "Environmental Health Impacts of CAFOs: Anticipating Hazards - Searching for Solutions" will bring together nationally and internationally recognized scientists as well as representative stakeholders for the purpose of scientific and informed discussion.

The conference will address air and water quality, antimicrobial resistance, influenza pandemics (interspecies transmission and intermediate hosts), policy and regulation in the United States, and international perspectives. The event is sponsored by the University of Iowa Environmental Health Sciences Research Center and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, with additional support from the UI Center for Health Effects of Environmental Contamination and the UI Hygienic Laboratory.

The cost to attend the conference is $25, and the deadline for registration is March 15. A registration form, complete schedule, and driving directions are available online at For more information about the conference, contact Laura McCormick at 319-335-4418 or by e-mail at

STORY SOURCE: The University of Iowa College of Public Health Office of Communications, 4257 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242

MEDIA CONTACT: Kate Gleeson, 319-384-4277,