Media Advisory: Leaders in American agriculture and biosecurity to convene for virtual symposium

Contact for reporters:
Lauren Klamm
(303) 870-9972

The Coalition for Epi Response, Engagement and Science (CERES) will convene an afternoon virtual symposium on Jan. 28 to discuss gaps in agricultural biosecurity and propose ways in which producers, researchers, industry, government and extension can coordinate to safeguard the U.S. food system.

The event, titled, “Biosecurity, Infectious Disease, and the Animal-Human Interface” will feature leading voices in American agriculture and government, including officials from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, industry groups, and land-grant universities.

Members of the media who are interested in attending must RSVP to Lauren Klamm ( by 5 p.m. EST on Jan. 24.


Biosecurity, Infectious Disease, and the Animal-Human Interface Symposium


Zoom. Registration is required


2– 5 p.m. EST, Thursday, Jan. 28


  • Bill Even, Chief Executive Officer at National Pork
  • John Hardham, Research Director at Zoetis Inc.
  • Ethan Lane, Chief Executive Officer at National Cattlemen’s Beef Association
  • James Lawler, Director of International Programs and Innovation at the Global Center for Health Security at the University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • Juergen Richt, Regents Distinguished Professor, Kansas State University
  • Tom Vilsack, former U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary and nominee