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We’re an industry-united, nonprofit organization that helps bridge the communication gap between farm and fork. We connect key food industry stakeholders to arm them with responses to emerging issues. We engage food chain influencers and promote consumer choice by helping them better understand modern animal agriculture. We protect by exposing those who threaten our nation’s food security with damaging misinformation.

Our motto is simple: Connect, Engage, Protect.

Small but mighty: We’re a nimble, dedicated team championing our mission every day.

If you'd like to have one of us speak at your meeting, check out our speakers bureau for topics each of us can talk about!

Kay Johnson Smith

President and CEO

"Our duty is to be honest, be truthful, and be factual in the representation of the issues we deal with."

Hannah Thompson-Weeman

Vice President of Communications

"I am proud to be working on behalf of farmers and ranchers to communicate their passion for the work they do to care for their livestock and produce high-quality, wholesome food products."

Allyson Jones-Brimmer

Membership and Marketing Manager

"I'm committed to getting to know our current members and growing our membership so we can do even more to support America's hardworking livestock and poultry farmers."

Casey Whitaker

Communications Coordinator

"I know agriculture is where I belong and will do my absolute best to share agriculture's story and importance in this world."

Morgan Hawley

Project Manager, College Aggies Online

"I really enjoy working with tomorrow's leaders in agriculture through College Aggies Online!"

Where's the Alliance this Month?

Purchasing and Ingredient Suppliers Conference
March 7 – 9
Orlando, FL – Hannah Thompson-Weeman attending
 
Midwest Poultry Federation Convention
March 13 - 16
St. Paul, MN – Allyson Jones Brimmer and Casey Whitaker attending
 
Virginia Farm Bureau Spring Conference
March 18
Williamsburg, VA – Allyson Jones Brimmer speaking
 
Maryland Farm Bureau Women’s Conference
March 25
Davidsonville, MD – Hannah Thompson-Weeman speaking

Job/Internship Postings

Alliance Internships: The Alliance is currently accepting applications for communications interns for the fall of 2017. Candidates should have a passion for agriculture, willingness to learn, and excellent oral and written communications skills. Interested candidates, please email a resume, writing sample and references to info@animalagalliance.org.

Fall application deadline: July 15, 2017

Board

Our board members are the visible embodiment of our commitment to change and improvement. It is through their desire and dedication, to the entire animal agriculture community—and the Animal Agriculture Alliance—that we are able to achieve our goals and effect real change.

Sherrie Webb

Chairman of the Board
National Pork Board

Terry Wehrkamp

Chair-Elect
Cooper Farms

Paul Pressley

Immediate Past Chairman
U.S. Poultry and Egg Association

Chase Adams

American Sheep Industry Association

Adnan Aydin, Ph.D

American Veal Association

Cliff Becker

Farm Journal Media

Pete Block

Hy-Line North America

Joel Brandenberger

National Turkey Federation

Jeff Cannon

Diamond V

Ashley DeDecker, Ph.D

Smithfield

Jer Geiger, DVM

Genus PIC

Chad Gregory

United Egg Producers

Robert Hagevoort, Ph.D

New Mexico State University

Dallas Hockman

National Pork Producers Council

Christina Lood

Zoetis

Rex Martin

Dairy Management Inc.

Suniti Mujumdar

Alltech

Ann Nogan

American National CattleWomen, Inc.

Sarah Novak

American Feed Industry Association

Colleen Parr Decker

Elanco Animal Health

Adam Proctor

Potash Corp.

Aaron Putze

Iowa Soybean Association

Janet Riley

North American Meat Institute

C.D. Simmons

United Soybean Board

David Sjeklocha

Cattle Empire, LLC

Tom Super

National Chicken Council

Marcy Tessmann

Charleston|Orwig

Judson Vasconcelos, DVM, Ph.D

Merck Animal Health

Kimber Ward

Bayer Animal Health

Trudy Wastweet

American Farm Bureau Federation

Josh Winegarner

Texas Cattle Feeders Association

Derek Yancey

Morning Fresh Farms

Members

The Alliance with its members are interested in helping consumers better understand the role animal agriculture plays in providing a safe, abundant food supply to a hungry world. Our membership is comprised of hundreds of individuals, companies and associations who share an enthusiasm, passion and commitment to protecting animal agriculture and preserving consumer choice in the marketplace.

Member Spotlight

East Central Iowa Cooperative (ECI) has 1,000 member-owners. ECI's purpose is the financial betterment of farmer-owners by providing competitively priced reliable sources of inputs, services and markets for their agricultural production. ECI measures success by exceeding expectations of members, meeting member needs and delivering value without compromise. The cooperative operates five facilities in Iowa providing grain, feed, agronomy, seed, and energy products and services. To learn more, visit www.ecicoop.com

Events

Will you be able to join us for the 2017 Stakeholders Summit? Summit will be held in Kansas City, MO on May 3-4, 2017.

If you are interested in being a Summit sponsor, contact Kay Johnson Smith at kjohnson@animalagalliance.org.

2017 Stakeholders Summit

May 3-4, 2017, Kansas City, MO.

The 2017 Summit is themed "Connect to Protect Animal Ag." The conference will focus on how all the diverse facets of animal agriculture can connect and come together to engage with key influencers and protect the future of our industry. Click here to register and book your hotel room!

Other Upcoming Events

Click here for a comprehensive listing.

Accomplishments

"The Alliance is about doing the right thing, and doing it right now,"
Kay Johnson Smith, President and CEO

Here are just a few of the Alliance’s most recent accomplishments. For more, view our 2016 annual report or ask any Alliance staff member for more details.

Connect

The Alliance’s 2016 Stakeholders Summit, themed “Securing Animal Agriculture's Future: Action, Please!,” was the largest Summit yet with more than 250 attendees. The 2017 Summit is set for May 3-4 in Kansas City, Missouri!

We connect industry stakeholders via our Issues Management Committee and Supply Channel Subcommittee to discuss emerging issues in animal agriculture and plan strategic responses. 

The Alliance hosted its eigth annual College Aggies Online scholarship competition aimed at helping college students become confident communicators on behalf of agriculture. The 344 participants represented 36 different states and students generated more than 1,880 social media posts reaching 2.3 million people. 

 

 

Engage

The Alliance was mentioned in more than 600 stories in trade publications and the mainstream media. 

Alliance staff has delivered 29 presentations across the United States and Canada so far this fiscal year. 

So far in FY 2017, the Alliance has reached 6.2 million people on Facebook and 1.6 million people on Twitter.

The Animal Ag Engage Blog has reached more than 58,000 views since May 2016.

Protect

The Farm Security Mobile App is being downloaded by Alliance members. The app includes farm security recommendations developed in conjunction with law enforcement and anti-terrorism specialists, as well as crisis management, employer resources, action alerts and much more!

The Alliance gets the inside scoop on animal rights activist group strategies by attending their meetings and monitoring their use of media and social media. We keep our members informed via Member Updates and Action Alerts.

We updated more than 60 activist group profile reports with information about acitivst groups' missions, connections and quotes revealing their true agendas. 

The “Truth, Lies and Videotape” database is continually updated with undercover videos from the past 20 years.