Alliance Summit to Cover Livestock Profitability, Farm Security and Policies Influencing Animal Agriculture

Registration for the event open through May 4th


April 22, 2015 – There’s still time to register for the Animal Agriculture Alliance’s 2015 Stakeholders Summit, themed “The Journey to Extraordinary.” At the Summit, set for May 6-7, 2015 in Kansas City, MO., expert speakers and panelists will discuss a variety of topics critical to the future of animal agriculture, including livestock profitability, farm security and state, federal and global policy trends impacting the industry.

Summit sessions will include:

  • Fueling Livestock Profitability, featuring Kaleb Little, communications manager, National Biodiesel Board and Alan Weber, economist and founding partner, MARC-IV. This session will cover the economics of livestock production and offer innovative strategies to remain profitable into the future.
  • Around the World in 90 Days – Policies Influencing Our Journey with Brian Klippenstein, executive director, Protect the Harvest and Dr. Travis Arp, director of technical services, U.S. Meat Export Federation. Klippenstein and Arp will bring the audience up to speed on current U.S. and international policies, respectively.
  • Protecting Our Nation’s Food Supply presented by Jared Miller, domestic terrorism intelligence analyst, of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Agri-Terrorism Unit. In this session, attendees will learn about the FBI’s steps to anticipate and prevent agri-terrorism incidents on U.S. farms and how they can strengthen security measures on their own operations.

“We’re very excited about the lineup of speakers and panelists we have assembled,” said Kay Johnson Smith, Alliance president and CEO. “There is truly something for everyone who is connected to animal agriculture. If your business deals with the production of meat and poultry, this year’s Summit is the one event you will not want to miss. I am confident that our attendees will walk away with a wealth of new ideas and immediately applicable tactics to take home and implement in their barn, plant or office.”

The Summit is a one-of-a-kind conference, ideal for networking across sectors of the food chain as it is attended by a diverse group of decision makers, including representatives from farms, ranches, food processors, restaurants, grocery stores, legislators, universities and government agencies. The 2015 event, set in Kansas City, Mo., will be the first edition of the Summit held outside of the Washington, DC area.

This year’s event will explore animal agriculture’s continuous efforts to embrace new technologies that will help feed a growing population while measuring sustainability, engage consumers in innovative ways to bridge the knowledge gap, and highlight initiatives that demonstrate agriculture’s commitment to transparency.

Registration for the one-and-a-half day event is $425 for Alliance members and $475 for non-members; $375 for those in government or academia. Media and students interested in registering should contact Hannah Thompson. Registration is open through May 4th. Registration materials and a full event schedule can be found on the Summit website.

This year, the Summit will be held at the beautiful Intercontinental Hotel in Kansas City, Mo. Our event room block at the Intercontinental is sold out. For help with hotel arrangements, call the Alliance at 703-562-1414 by Friday, April 24th.

As always, the Alliance’s Stakeholders Summit will be social!  Be sure to follow the hashtag #AAA15 for updates about the event.  For general questions about the Summit please contact or call (703) 562-1411.

Get involved:

Show your support for the Alliance’s engagement efforts by becoming an official Summit sponsor today!  Current 2015 sponsors include U.S. Poultry and Egg Association, Vance Publishing, Meatingplace, the Farm Credit System, Watt Global Media, Elanco Animal Health, American Feed Industry Association, United Soybean Board, Iowa Soybean Association, National Biodiesel Board, Protect the Harvest, American Veal Association, National Turkey Federation, National Cattleman’s Beef Association, National Pork Board, National Pork Producers Council, National Chicken Council, GMO Answers, Food Industry Environmental Network, Kemin, Kansas Livestock Association, Brakke Consulting, AgriBeef, Kansas Farm Bureau, Dairy Max, GNP Company, the Kansas City Animal Health Corridor, North Carolina Farm Bureau and other partners.

Please contact Kay Johnson Smith, president and CEO, at (703) 562-1412 to find out how to get involved by sponsoring the event.

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.
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