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Release: Nov. 15, 2001

MEDIA ADVISORY:

UI TO HOST MEETING NOV. 16 IN DES MOINES ON ISSUES SURROUNDING CONCENTRATED ANIMAL FEEDING OPERATION

The University of Iowa Environmental Health Sciences Research Center (EHSRC), with the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), will hold an "Iowa Town Meeting" to discuss environmental and public health issues related to concentrated animal feeding operations from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16 at the Hotel Fort Des Moines in Des Moines.

Concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) -- large agricultural operations where animals are kept and raised in confined situations -- have emerged as a top environmental health concern among rural residents in Iowa. The town meeting will provide a forum to discuss these concerns and present the most recent scientific information on the subject.

Meeting participants will include Kenneth Olden, Ph.D., director of the NIEHS, Jeffrey Vonk, director of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, and Peter Thorne, Ph.D., director of the EHSRC. More than 200 people, including farm community members, livestock producers, farm organizations, environmental groups, members of the scientific community, and state and local government officials, have registered to attend.