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Still time to register for potentially the largest Summit yet

April 4, 2017 – Following a record number of early registrants for the 2017 Animal Agriculture Alliance Stakeholders Summit, the Alliance announced today it has extended the discount rate through Monday, April 10. Hotel rooms are also still available at the discount rate on a very limited, first-come first-serve basis. The 2017 Summit, themed “Connect to Protect Animal Ag” will be held May 3-4 in Kansas City, Mo.

“We are thrilled to have our highest-ever number of early registrations for the 2017 Summit, especially as we celebrate our 30th anniversary,” said Kay Johnson Smith, Alliance president and CEO. “We want to have representatives of the entire ‘farm to fork’ process at the table, and our growing attendee list will help us do just that. I hope everyone who has a vested interest in connecting with others who want to protect the future of animal agriculture will take advantage of the opportunity to register at the discounted rate.”

Building off the success of the 2016 event – the most highly-attended Summit yet – the 2017 Summit will focus on how all the diverse facets of animal agriculture can connect and come together to engage with key influencers and protect the future of our industry. The “Action, Please!” theme from last year’s event will be carried through as attendees hear from thought-provoking speakers, participate in engaging discussions and leave with actionable ideas that they can immediately implement on their farms or in their businesses.

Speakers and sessions confirmed for the 2017 event include:

  • Tyne Morgan, host, U.S. Farm Report, Summit moderator
  • Nina Teicholz, author, The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet
  • A consumer focus group exploring “Animal Welfare on the Restaurant Menu”
  • “Extremists in the Boardroom: Handling Activist Investors” with speakers from Domino’s Pizza and CamberView Partners
  • “Food History: Fact vs. Fiction” featuring registered dietitians Leah McGrath and Amber Pankonin
  • A current issue update covering sustainability, public health and antibiotic use
  • Discussions on engaging with media and consumers
  • And many more!

Be sure to check the Alliance website for the most up-to-date Summit information. You can also follow the hashtag #AAA17 and #ActionPlease2017 for periodic updates about the event. For general questions about the Summit please contact summit@animalagalliance.org or call (703) 562-5160.  

Make your plans to attend:

The early registration rate of $425 is now available through April 10th. Discounted rates are available for Alliance members, government officials, university representatives and students. To see all rates and register, visit http://animalagalliance.org/summit/register.cfm. Complimentary registration is available for reporters covering the event for media outlets. Contact Hannah Thompson-Weeman at hthompson@animalagalliance.org for details.

The Summit will once again be held in Kansas City in 2017 with all events taking place at the InterContinental Kansas City at the Plaza. Rooms are available at a discounted rate of $175 as limited supplies last. For hotel booking instructions, visit http://animalagalliance.org/summit/index.cfm?PageID=8. 

Did you attend the 2016 Summit?

If you attended the 2016 Summit and were inspired to take action to secure the future of animal agriculture, we’d love to hear from you! Your story could be featured at the 2017 event. Contact Casey Whitaker at cwhitaker@animalagalliance.org to learn more.

Get involved:

Show your support for the Alliance’s outreach efforts by becoming an official Summit sponsor today! To explore opportunities for 2017 please visit http://animalagalliance.org/summit/index.cfm?PageID=3. For more information on sponsorship opportunities, contact Allyson Jones-Brimmer at ajonesbrimmer@animalagalliance.org.

Thank you to our 2017 Summit sponsors: Farm Journal Media, Meatingplace, Watt Global Media, American Feed Industry Association, Boehringer Ingelheim, Farm Credit, National Pork Board, National Pork Producers Council, National Turkey Federation, United Soybean Board, American Veal Association, Elanco Animal Health, Council for Biotechnology Information, United Egg Producers, Cobb-Vantress, Inc., National Biodiesel Board, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, The Mosaic Company, Ad Farm, Agri Beef, GNP Business Unit of Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation, Kemin, National Chicken Council, American Farm Bureau Federation, Dairy Max Inc., Live Oak Bank, North Carolina Farm Bureau Federation, Eggland’s Best, Agricultural Business Council of Kansas City, Food Industry Environmental Network, LLC, Kansas Farm Bureau and Kansas Soybean.

The Alliance thanks the following members for their continued support of Summit and other Alliance programs: U.S. Poultry & Egg Association, Merck Animal Health, Charleston|Orwig, Diamond V, Zoetis, Alltech, Inc., Aviagen Group, Bayer HealthCare LLC, Cargill, Cattle Empire, LLC, Genus PLC – PIC/ABS, Hendrix Genetics, Hy-Line North America LLC, Potash Corp., Provimi North America, Inc., Seaboard Foods LLC, Smithfield Hog Production and Iowa Soybean Board.

About the Alliance:

The Animal Agriculture Alliance is an industry-united, nonprofit organization that helps bridge the communication gap between farm and fork. We connectkey 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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