2014 Conference Re-Cap – Lake Tahoe, Nevada

The organizing committee from the Nevada Dept of Agriculture would like to thank everyone who attended the 2014 ILIA conference hosted in Lake Tahoe in July. Members from across the USA and Western Canada attended with the ILIA President, Shorty Zilverberg of South Dakota welcoming them to the 68th annual conference.

The Nevada organizing committee would like to thank the guest speakers that made presentations throughout the conference. The panel discussion on the final day of the conference involving the participants from the State Veterinary conference was a great success and thanks to all those that volunteered to sit on the panel. The topic of Animal Disease Traceability was discussed and was a very informative session.

The live and silent auctions went well with the auctioneering talents of Nevada Director Jim Barbee at a lovely location on the beach of Lake Tahoe.

Three Scholarships were announced for 2014 by the ILIA Scholarship Committee, with the winners being from California, British Columbia and Alberta.

The closing banquet was held in the theatre of the MontBleu Hotel and the keynote guest speaker was Richard Picciotto from the New York Fire Dept and was “the last man down” in the collapse of the twin towers in 9-11. His speech was inspirational and heartfelt and enjoyed by everyone.

The Nevada Dept of Agriculture would like to thank the sponsors who came on board for the 2014 conference and made it a success. The Dept would also like to congratulate their own Livestock Inspector Blaine Northrop on his appointment to the ILIA Board of Directors.


Immediate Past President Kris Budde of Washington presenting outgoing 2014 President Shorty Zilverberg (SD).

Shorty Zilverberg 2013/2014 President with 2014 conference guest speaker Richard Picciotto (Richard Picciotto is the author and the Fire Chief who was the “last man down” in the New York 911 World Trade Towers).


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