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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

Director of Membership

"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 Manager

"It is an honor to share the stories of farmers and ranchers caring for their animals every day."

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?

Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research Public Board Meeting
October 6, 2017
Washington, DC – Kay Johnson Smith attending
 
Wall Street Journal Food Forum
October 10
New York, NY – Kay Johnson Smith and Hannah Thompson-Weeman attending
 
North American Meat Institute Animal Care and Handling Conference 
October 19 – 20
Kansas City, MO – Hannah Thompson-Weeman speaking
 
Animal Agriculture Alliance Farm Tour
October 27
Maryland – Kay Johnson Smith, Hannah Thompson-Weeman and Naajiya Williams attending
 
NIAA Antibiotics Symposium 
October 31 – November 2
Herndon, VA – Kay Johnson Smith attending

Job/Internship Postings

Alliance Internships: We are currently accepting applications for an intern for the spring of 2017. Candidates should have a passion for agriculture, willingness to learn, and excellent oral and written communications skills. Interested candidates, please email a cover letter, resume, writing sample and references to info@animalagalliance.org.

Spring application deadline: November 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.

Terry Wehrkamp

Chairman of the Board
Cooper Farms

Sarah Novak

Chair-Elect
American Feed Industry Association

Sherrie Webb

Immediate Past Chairman
National Pork Board

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

Casey Hushon

Charleston|Orwig

Christina Lood

Zoetis

Rex Martin

Dairy Management Inc.

Katelyn McCullock

American Farm Bureau Federation

Suniti Mujumdar

Alltech

Ann Nogan

American National CattleWomen, Inc.

Colleen Parr Decker

Elanco Animal Health

Paul Pressley

U.S. Poultry and Egg Association

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

Judson Vasconcelos, DVM, Ph.D

Merck Animal Health

Kimber Ward

Bayer Animal Health

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

The Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association works to protect and promote the beef industry and provide educational opportunities for producers. The mission of the association is to provide the cattle feeders and producers in the state of Tennessee with an organization through which they may function collectively to protect their interests and work toward the solution of cattle industry problems; and to build the necessary good-will that will bring both governmental and public esteem and recognition to the industry. TCA was established in 1985 as part of the reorganization of the Tennessee Livestock Association, which was established in 1952. To learn more, visit tncattle.org

Events

Our annual Stakeholders Summit connects industry stakeholders to engage about ways to protect the future of animal agriculture! If you are interested in being a Summit sponsor, contact Kay Johnson Smith at kjohnson@animalagalliance.org.

2018 Stakeholders Summit

May 3-4, 2018, Arlington, VA.

Save the date for our Stakeholders Summit! For more updates, click here

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 2017 annual report or ask any Alliance staff member for more details.

Connect

The Alliance’s 2017 Stakeholders Summit, themed “Connect to Protect Animal Ag,” was the largest Summit yet with more than 260 attendees. The 2018 Summit is set for May 3-4 in Arlington, VA!

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 700 stories in trade publications and the mainstream media. 

Alliance staff has delivered 50 presentations across the United States and Canada so far this fiscal year. 

So far in FY 2017, the Alliance has reached 8.6 million people on Facebook and 2 million people on Twitter.

The Animal Ag Engage Blog has reached more than 76,000 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.