Creating opportunities to elevate farmer voices at the 2021 Virtual Summit

Registration closes Friday, April 30

April 26, 2021 – Research has shown that farmers, ranchers and practicing veterinarians are our greatest assets when working to bridge the communication gap between farm and fork. In the time of COVID-19, our chances of engaging positively are even greater as farming and agriculture earned the number one spot for best-viewed industry in a 2020 Gallup poll. A panel of farmers and agriculturalists will share the stage and provide their views on how we can continue these conversations while elevating farmer voices in dialogues surrounding food and agriculture at the Animal Agriculture Alliance’s 2021 Virtual Summit.

The Alliance’s annual Summit brings together thought leaders in the agriculture and food industries to discuss hot-button issues and out-of-the-box ideas to connect everyone along the food chain, engage influencers and protect the future of animal agriculture. The 2021 event, themed “Obstacles to Opportunities,” is set primarily for May 5 and 6. Preconference webinars are scheduled for the five business days leading up to the main event, beginning this Wednesday, April 28. Registration closes April 30 – save your seat today!

"Creating Opportunities to Elevate Farmer Voices" panelists“Food and agriculture are hot topics right now, especially with conversations surrounding sustainability, animal welfare, antibiotic use and nutrition holding media attention,” said Emily Solis, Alliance communications specialist. “We need to find ways to empower farmers, ranchers, practicing veterinarians and those with boots on the ground to share their first-hand stories while providing their expertise in discussions that could impact our food system and their daily lives.”

Farmers are our best allies, but with farm and ranch families comprising less than two percent of the U.S. population we must elevate their voices. Four agriculture voices, from a beginning beef rancher to a poultry veterinarian, will take the stage to share their passions in advocating online and in their communities, obstacles they face as they reach outside the choir and opportunities for the animal agriculture community to better support their efforts. 2021 Virtual Summit closing session “Creating Opportunities to Elevate Farmer Voices” panelists include:

  • Markie Hageman, Beginning Beef Rancher and Founder, Girls Eat Beef Too
  • Alexander Strauch, DVM, Poultry Veterinarian, Herbruck’s Poultry Ranch, Inc.
  • Jennifer Osterholt, Farmer and Blogger, Plowing Through Life
  • Brandi Buzzard, Owner, High Bar Cattle Company

The full event agenda is available on the Virtual Summit registration website. Sessions will highlight ways to position animal agriculture as a path forward to climate neutrality, how to handle misinformation in the time of COVID-19, and strategies for virtual stakeholder and influencer engagement.

Be sure to check the Virtual Summit website for the most up-to-date information and to register. You can also follow the hashtag #AAA21 for updates about the event. For general questions about the Summit please contact or call (703) 562-5160.

Thank you to our 2021 Summit sponsors: Watt Global Media, Farm Journal, Meatingplace, National Pork Producers Council, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, Smithfield, National Pork Board, American Feed Industry Association, United Soybean Board, Elanco, United Egg Producers, Country Folks, Dairy MAX, Farm Credit, National Biodiesel Board, Cobb Vantress, Inc., Protect the Harvest, Progressive Dairy, The National Provisioner, Kemin, American Farm Bureau Federation, American Veal Association, National Chicken Council, Trans Ova Genetics, Vivayic, Mountaire Farms, North Carolina Farm Bureau and Eggland’s Best.

The Alliance also thanks the following members for their continued support of Summit and other Alliance programs: U.S. Poultry & Egg Association, Zoetis, Merck Animal Health, C.O.nxt, Diamond V, Genus PLC – PIC/ABS, Aviagen Group, Boehringer Ingelheim, Cargill, Dairy Farmers of America, Hendrix Genetics, Hy-Line North America, LLC, Iowa Soybean Association, Midwest Dairy, National Turkey Federation, Nutrien, Provimi North America, Inc., Seaboard Foods and Tyson Foods Inc.

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