Alliance Communications Director Selected for Prestigious Vance Publishing ’40 under 40 in Agriculture’ Award

September 3, 2013 – Animal Agriculture Alliance Communications Director Emily Meredith was selected as one of Vance Publishing Corporation’s “40 Under 40 in Agriculture” award recipients, Vance announced today. The inaugural awards recognize young leaders in the agriculture industry– from animal and crop production– for their leadership and commitment in advancing the cause to double food production by 2050.

“We applaud Vance’s innovative initiative recognizing young ag leaders with passion and are thrilled Emily was selected as one of the well-deserving recipients,” said Alliance President and CEO Kay Johnson Smith. “With her boundless energy and enthusiasm for animal agriculture, she has taken the Alliance’s communications to new heights, while cultivating relationships with both mainstream media and online communicators to share agriculture’s story well beyond
traditional stakeholders.”

According to a press release issued today by Vance, more than 200 applicants under the age of 40 were submitted to Vance, with some as young as 14. Nominees included hardworking leaders from animal and crop production, biotechnology and university researchers to food and nutrition technology, agricultural equipment, agronomy and beyond. The candidates were nominated because of their passion for agriculture, demonstrated involvement in the food industry, and their notable record of achievement. They are on all accounts, leaders in their field.

Several other Alliance member companies also submitted nominations and were recognized. These member companies include: Merck Animal Health (Todd Bilby); Will Feed, Inc. (Anne Burkholder); Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. (Jean Cano); Chinn Hog Farm (Chris Chinn); Cactus Feeders, Inc. (Paul Defoor); Zinpro Corporation (Jeffrey DeFrain); The Mosaic Company (Dr. Kyle Freeman); Alltech (Dr. Mark Lyons) and Elanco Animal Health (Dr. Matt Ritter).

“From day one, the Board recognized Emily’s leadership skills and “out of the box” approach to communications,” said Alliance Chairman of the Board Paul Pressley. “She will no doubt continue to provide a strong, positive voice for agriculture in the years to come.” More information about Meredith and the other 39 finalists will be announced in the November print and web publications of Drovers CattleNetwork, The Packer, Dairy Herd Management, Produce Retailer, PorkNetwork, Ag Professional, Bovine Veterinarian, Citrus and Vegetable, ProduceOps, as well as the websites Red Book Credit Services, Doane Advisory Services, and Greenbook Data Solutions.

About the Alliance:
The Animal Agriculture Alliance is 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. Find the Alliance on Facebook and Twitter.

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