Wisconsin dairy farmer wins trip to 2018 Stakeholders Summit

 Animal Agriculture Alliance Summit, “Protect Your Roots,” set for May 3-4

March 2, 2018 – Farmers and ranchers from across the country entered the Alliance’s “#ProtectYourRoots” photo contest to share why they believe it is important to protect agriculture’s roots for a chance to attend the Animal Agriculture Alliance’s 2018 Stakeholders Summit, set for May 3-4 in Arlington, Va.

Rebecca Hilby, a Wisconsin dairy farmer, won first place with a photo of her daughter on the farm (pictured right) captioned with, “This. This is why it’s so important to Protect Your Roots. Because this little girl deserves every ounce of happiness that comes from growing up on a farm. She deserves the world and we’re going to give it to her!”

“I am so excited to attend the Summit this year,” said Hilby. “I look forward to networking, learning to communicate with consumers better, learning more about key issues concerning our industry and most importantly learning how to best protect our roots. I can’t thank my friends and family enough for helping me win the opportunity to attend this conference.”

Alexandria Laker, an Indiana FFA member, took second place, winning a free registration to the event and a two-night hotel stay. “I look forward to attending the Summit to learn about the different facets within the animal agriculture industry and how we can grow the future,” said Laker. “I am excited to have the opportunity to listen to many speakers, meet leading professionals in the field and can’t wait to come back and apply what I learn in my community. I am proud of my roots and look forward to focusing on the future.”

Three more animal agriculture advocates will also be receiving free registrations to the event for receiving the most votes in the photo contest:

Becky Long Chaney, a cattle rancher from Nebraska

Michelle Bufkin, an animal agriculture advocate from Alabama

Jen Meyer, a cattle rancher from North Dakota

“The winning photos showcased the dedication to family, animal care, communicating agriculture’s story and passing on the opportunity to farm and ranch to future generations,” said Hannah Thompson-Weeman, Alliance vice president of communications. “We are thrilled to have the five winners attending Summit and hope more producers will attend to take their seat at the table alongside veterinarians, industry executives, animal scientists, communicators and other producers to protect their roots and secure the future of animal agriculture.”

Discounted early registration fees and a special hotel rate are available through April 1 (pending availability). To register, visit http://animalagalliance.org/summit.

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 summit@animalagalliance.org 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 or to see the 2018 sponsorship opportunities, please visit www.animalagalliance.org/summit. For more information, contact Allyson Jones-Brimmer at ajonesbrimmer@animalagalliance.org.

Thank you to our 2018 Summit sponsors: Watt Global Media, Farm Journal Media, Meatingplace, American Feed Industry Association, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, National Pork Board, United Soybean Board, Council for Biotechnology Information, DairyMAX/Western Dairy Association, Farm Credit Council, United Egg Producers, Cobb-Vantress Inc., National Biodiesel Board, Protect the Harvest, Agri Beef, American Veal Association, BPI Technology, Inc., Fur Commission USA, Kemin, National Chicken Council, Food Industry Environmental Network and North Carolina Farm Bureau.

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 HealthCare Animal Health, Cargill, Cattle Empire, LLC, Genus PLC – PIC/ABS, Hendrix Genetics, Hy-Line North America LLC, National Pork Producers Council, National Turkey Federation, 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 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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