Animal Agriculture Alliance to hold Stakeholders Summit
The Animal Agriculture Alliance’s 12th annual Stakeholders Summit for leaders from the food and farm sectors will be May 1 to 2 in Arlington, Va., and discuss ways to protect and grow the animal agriculture industry in the future.
The event will include a panel discussion on the Hallmark/Westland Meat Packing Company undercover video and subsequent recall.
Former under secretary for the Food Safety and inspection Service-United States Department of Agriculture, Richard Raymond, as well as former food safety consultant at the Hallmark/Westland Meat Packing Company, Steve Sayer, will share their insights into the Hallmark/Westland Company and mistakes made, the subsequent recall, the use of undercover videos and lessons learned five years later.
The summit’s theme, “Activists at the Door: Protecting Animals, Farms, Food & Consumer Confidence,” will feature discussions on the issues facing the animal agriculture industry, from animal rights activism to current legislation.
Joe Miller, general counsel for Rose Acre Farms will share with the audience his perspective on the importance of farm protection, so-termed “ag gag,” legislation, and provide an overview of the various bills currently being considered by approximately eight state legislatures.
Other summit speakers include Charles Penry of Tyson Foods; Janet Riley of the American Meat Institute; John Simpson, the attorney for Feld Entertainment; Greg Peterson, of the Peterson Farm Brothers parodies; and other guests from the media and various industry organizations.
Registration materials are available online at www.animalagalliance.org/register.
The summit will be at The Westin Arlington Gateway hotel in Arlington, Va.
Sponsors of thes ummit include U.S. Poultry and Egg Association, Murphy-Brown LLC, Farm Credit, Provimi North America, Merck Animal Health, Zoetis, Hy-Line, American Feed Industry Association, Bayer Animal Health, United Soybean Board, Alltech, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, National Pork Board, National Pork Producers Council, Diamond V, Aviagen, Genus/PIC/ABS, United Egg Producers, WATTPublishing Co., Cactus Feeders, Brakke Consulting, Kemin, Agri Beef Co., Seaboard Foods, National Association of Farm Broadcasting, Protect the Harvest, Elanco Animal Health and the Potash Corp.
The Animal Agriculture Alliance, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is a broad-based coalition of individual farmers, ranchers, producers, organizations, suppliers, packer-processors, scientists, veterinarians and retailers. The alliance’s mission is to communicate the importance of animal agriculture to the nation’s economy, vitality and security.