Animal Agriculture Alliance announces 2018 Stakeholders Summit 

Summit, “Protect Your Roots,” to be held May 3-4

October 18, 2017 – The Animal Agriculture Alliance announced today that its 2018 Stakeholders Summit, now in its 17th year, will be themed Protect Your Roots. The event will be held May 3-4 at the Renaissance Capital View Hotel in Arlington, Va. Registration for the event will open later this year.

The 2018 Summit will inspire attendees representing all facets of animal agriculture to be proud of their past and current roles in the industry and challenge them to be forward-thinking about how we can continue to grow into the future. Even if communication is not part of their job description, Summit attendees will leave with new perspectives on key issues and ready to engage with influencers to secure the future of animal agriculture.

“We continue to break Summit attendance records year after year, with the 2017 event in Kansas City attracting our largest crowd yet,” said Kay Johnson Smith, Alliance president and CEO. “Returning to our Arlington home for the 2018 Summit is a perfect fit for the Protect Your Roots theme. No matter what your role in animal agriculture, if you have passion for the industry and a vested interest in helping the industry succeed into the future, you need to put our Summit on your calendar.”

The Summit is a one-of-a-kind conference attended by a diverse group of decision makers, including representatives from farms, ranches, food processors, restaurants, grocery stores, legislatures, universities and government agencies.

The Alliance is currently accepting applications to speak at the event. If you have an idea for a presentation or panel discussion that will provide unique and thought-provoking ideas and focus on actionable items attendees can implement, you are encouraged to submit your application by December 1, 2017.

“Coming from an animal science and production background, I always learn invaluable strategies for communications and influencer engagement from attending the Summit,” said Terry Wehrkamp, director of live production, Cooper Farms and current Alliance board chairperson. “Everyone involved in animal agriculture needs to come to the table to discuss emerging issues and opportunities and ensure we are moving into the future as a united front, and the 2018 Summit is the perfect time to do just that.”

Be sure to check the Summit website for the most up-to-date Summit information. You can also follow the hashtags #AAA18 and #ProtectYourRoots for periodic updates about the event. For general questions about the Summit please contact or call (703) 562-5160.

Get involved:

Show your support for the Alliance’s outreach efforts by becoming an official Summit sponsor today! For a complete listing of the 2017 Summit sponsors please visit For more information on sponsorship opportunities, contact Allyson Jones-Brimmer at

 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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