Summit panel to explore how to engage influencers about animal agriculture

Photo contest offers opportunity for farmers to win free registration

January 30, 2019 – Early registration rates are available through Friday, February 1 for the Animal Agriculture Alliance’s 2019 Stakeholders Summit themed, A Seat At The Table. The event will be held May 8-9 at the InterContinental at the Plaza Hotel in Kansas City, Missouri. To view the agenda and register, visit

The Summit will feature a panel titled, “Conversations Around the Table: Engaging Influencers” with Hana Bieliauskas, digital practice lead at Inspire PR Group, Ruth Woiwode, PhD, manager of livestock audit services at Food Safety Net Services, Lauren Lane, owner and blogger at Lauren Lane Culinarian and Adriane Heins of Heins Family Farms. The panelists will explore how to effectively engage with influencers about animal agriculture and connect with consumers about modern food production. Andy Vance of Feedstuffs will moderate the panel.

“Engaging opinion leaders about animal agriculture can be tricky, but is one of the most effective ways to bridge the communication gap between farm and fork,” said Hannah Thompson-Weeman, Alliance vice president of communications. “Our panel of experts will be sharing personal experiences, tips and lessons learned from influencer farm tours and other tactics that can help attendees plan their own influencer engagement.”

A Seat At The Table Farmer Photo Contest

The Alliance is hosting a photo contest to offer farmers the opportunity to win a free registration to the event and take their seat at the table. To enter, take a photo of a seat at your table, post it on Instagram or Facebook with a clever caption, tag the photo to @animalagalliance and use the hashtag #AAA19. Farmers can submit their photos through Saturday, February 10 and the Alliance team will select the top photos to be eligible for public voting. The five farmers whose photos receive the most votes will be announced as the winners on Friday, February 15. For full contest details, visit

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 Media, Meatingplace, National Provisioner, American Feed Industry Association, National Pork Producers Council, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, National Pork Board, Smithfield, United Soybean Board, National Turkey Federation, Dairy MAX, Farm Credit, Country Folks, National Biodiesel Board, Summit Livestock Facilities, United Egg Producers, Cobb-Vantress, Inc., Council for Biotechnology Information, Protect the Harvest, American Veal Association, BPI Technology, Inc., Kemin, National Chicken Council, Live Oak Bank, North Carolina Farm Bureau, Vivayic, Eggland’s Best, 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, Merck Animal Health, Charleston|Orwig, Diamond V, Zoetis, Alltech, Inc., Aviagen Group, Bayer Animal Health, 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

Category: Press Releases

Tag: Stakeholders Summit,