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Nebraska Ag Classic to deal with animal rights, anti-ag groups


The fifth annual Nebraska Ag Classic will be held at the Cornhusker Marriott Hotel in Lincoln Dec. 1 to 3.  Opening this year's conference will be Dr. Wes Jamison, associate professor of communication at Palm Beach Atlantic University in Florida .  The topic will be the ever-growing challenge of dealing with animal activists/anti-agriculture groups.

Speaking on how some animal activist groups are using religious messages to promote anti-animal agriculture ideals and opinions, Jamison will provide factual accounts of how these tactics have been used and their success rates.  He will also discuss what the agriculture community can do to bond together and help combat these negative messages being sent out about animal agriculture.

"The Nebraska Ag Classic was founded on the ideals that those of us in the agriculture industry need to stick together and develop partnerships with each other to be a stronger voice, whether you are a crop or a livestock producer," said Nancy Eberle, committee chairwoman.  "Experts like Dr. Jamison can provide great tools for our communities to use in their efforts to support and promote all aspects of agriculture."

Jamison has served the agriculture industry for over a decade both in his research and his travels throughout the world.  He received his first PhD from Oregon State University where his dissertation examined agricultural opponents and opposition to agriculture, specifically focusing on the animal rights movement and its threat to animal agriculture.  His area of consulting expertise involves urban-rural agricultural conflicts, animal welfare, animal rights, and agricultural politics.

Visit www.neagclassic.org for conference updates.  Sponsorship and exhibit opportunities are available.  Contact Ginger Jelinek (402-450-5189) for sponsorship information.  For tradeshow information, contact Sara Bishop (402-476-6174).

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