BIO Announces Missouri Director of Agriculture Dr. Jon Hagler to Deliver Keynote at Livestock Biotech Summit

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Washington, D.C. (September 12, 2012) – The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) announced today Dr. Jon Hagler, Missouri Director of Agriculture, will deliver a keynote address at the BIO Livestock Biotech Summit this September. This unique conference, focused on developing global solutions through animal biotechnology, will include workshops on the latest applications and benefits of genetically engineered animals for animal health, welfare, human health and food production.

Hagler will deliver his keynote address on The Future of Agriculture on Friday, September 21, 12pm CDT. As Missouri’s agriculture leader, Hagler has raised agriculture's profile by emphasizing the importance of this industry and ag-related jobs to the state's overall economy and its relevance to every consumer.  

“Dr. Hagler is an excellent addition to the Summit as we discuss animal biotechnology’s key role in modern agriculture,” said David Edwards, director of Animal Biotechnology at BIO. “Dr. Hagler’s energized passion for agriculture has touched more Missourian’s lives than ever before as he travels across the state speaking to thousands of farmers, agriculture leaders, consumers and youth on the significance of agriculture to families.”

The 2012 BIO Livestock Biotech Summit takes place September 19-21, at the Crowne Plaza Downtown in Kansas City, MO. Find the complete programand speaker list online. Register today. Complimentary media registrationis available.

Visit BIO’s Livestock Biotech Summit websitefor program updates and news on summit registration, events and speakers. The program slate will consist of three days of cross cutting discussions among industry, academic and government leaders, covering everything from the regulatory process for genetically engineered (GE) animals and public and private funding opportunities to the science and benefits of GE agricultural animals for both food and biomedical applications.

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BIO is the world's largest trade association representing biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers and related organizations across the United States and in more than 30 other nations. BIO members are involved in the research and development of innovative healthcare, agricultural, industrial and environmental biotechnology products. BIO also produces the BIO International Convention, the world’s largest gathering of the biotechnology industry, along with industry-leading investor and partnering meetings held around the world. BIOtechNOW is BIO's blog chronicling “innovations transforming our world” and the BIO Newsletter is the organization’s bi-weekly email newsletter. Subscribe to the BIO Newsletter.