Experts to share how to avoid being an activist target at Alliance’s 2019 Stakeholders Summit

Online registration closes May 6

May 1, 2019 – The last day to register online for the Animal Agriculture Alliance’s 2019 Stakeholders Summit, themed A Seat At The Table,is Monday, May 6. The event is set for May 8-9 at the InterContinental at the Plaza Hotel in Kansas City. To view the agenda and register, visit

With animal rights activists becoming increasingly bold and aggressive, it’s important for everyone in the food business to prepare to potentially be targeted. In a session titled, “Protecting our Plates: Are You a Target for Activists?” two experts from AFIMAC with a combined 42 years of experience in security and investigations will share current trends in activism, security considerations and activist tactics. Attendees will leave with a better idea of how to mitigate the risks posed by activist activity.


Jim Rovers, senior vice president at AFIMAC has been actively involved in the fields of security, investigations and labor dispute for nearly two decades. With a background in manufacturing engineering, he has assisted many Fortune 500 companies in the development of contingency plans regarding security, transportation and temporary staffing. He has worked extensively throughout Canada and the United States on investigation of theft and narcotic issues in the workplace.

Sophie Cranley, risk mitigation specialists at AFIMAC has become a valued partner to a diverse portfolio of clients. Cranley has been working in the security industry for the past 12 years where she has been an instrumental piece in the launch of two successful technology-based security firms in Canada.

Be sure to check the Summit website for the most up-to-date Summit information. You can also follow the hashtags #AAA19 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 2019 sponsorship opportunities, please visit For more information, contact Allyson Jones-Brimmer at

Thank you to our 2019 Summit sponsors: Watt Global Media, Farm Journal, Meatingplace, National Provisioner, American Feed Industry Association, National Pork Producers Council, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, National Pork Board, Smithfield, United Soybean Board, Elanco, National Turkey Federation, Country Folks, Dairy MAX, Farm Credit, National Biodiesel Board, Summit Livestock Facilities, United Egg Producers, Cobb-Vantress, Inc., Council for Biotechnology Information, Protect the Harvest, Agri Beef, American Farm Bureau Federation, American Veal Association, Empirical, Progressive Dairyman, Kemin, National Chicken Council, Live Oak Bank, North Carolina Farm Bureau, O + B | P, Phileo Lesaffre Animal Care, Vivayic, Eggland’s Best, Brakke Consulting, Inc., Food Industry Environmental Network, Kansas Farm Bureau and Kansas Soybean.

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, Charleston|Orwig, Diamond V, Alltech, Inc., Aviagen Group, Boehringer Ingelheim, Cattle Empire, LLC, Dairy Farmers of America, Genus PLC – PIC/ABS, Hendrix Genetics, Hy-Line North America LLC, Iowa Soybean Association, Midwest Dairy, Nutrien, Provimi North America, Inc. and Seaboard Foods LLC.

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 FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

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