April 14, 2015 – Early registration closes tomorrow for the Animal Agriculture Alliance’s 2015 Stakeholders Summit, themed “The Journey to Extraordinary.” At the Summit, set for May 6-7, 2015 in Kansas City, MO., attendees will hear from industry experts about how animal agriculture is using technology to rise to the challenge of feeding a growing and hungry world.
During a panel discussion titled “Advancing Technologies to Feed 9 Billion”, John Graettinger, director, food chain affairs at Merck Animal Health and Mandy Hagan, vice president, state affairs and grassroots, Grocery Manufacturers Association, will share their thoughts on the role of technology in a safe and abundant food supply. Key topics will include consumer perceptions of technology in food production, regulatory and labeling issues and emerging technologies.
“Animal agriculture faces a tough task as we seek to produce enough protein for an exponentially growing planet,” said Kay Johnson Smith, Alliance president and CEO. “By incorporating technology, farmers and ranchers have taken on that challenge while remaining mindful of the environment by decreasing rates of water use and greenhouse gas emissions. New and emerging innovations will continue to change the face of animal agriculture each day, and our attendees will learn a lot from our panelists’ unique perspectives on how the issues surrounding technology use will shape our industry moving forward.”
The Summit is a one-of-a-kind conference, ideal for networking across sectors of the food chain as it is attended by a diverse group of decision makers, including representatives from farms, ranches, food processors, restaurants, grocery stores, legislators, universities and government agencies. The 2015 event, set in Kansas City, Mo., will be the first edition of the Summit held outside of the Washington, DC area.
This year’s event will explore animal agriculture’s continuous efforts to embrace new technologies that will help feed a growing population while measuring sustainability, engage consumers in innovative ways to bridge the knowledge gap, and highlight initiatives that demonstrate agriculture’s commitment to transparency.
Early registration, which ends April 15, for the one-and-a-half day event is $375 for Alliance members and $425 for non-members; $325 for those in government or academia. Media and students interested in registering should contact Hannah Thompson. Registration materials and a full event schedule can be found on the Summit website.
This year, the Summit will be held at the beautiful Intercontinental Hotel in Kansas City, Mo. Our event room block at the Intercontinental is sold out. For help with hotel arrangements, call the Alliance at 703-562-1414.
As always, the Alliance’s Stakeholders Summit will be social! Be sure to follow the hashtag #AAA15 for updates about the event. For general questions about the Summit please contact [email protected] or call (703) 562-1411.
Show your support for the Alliance’s engagement efforts by becoming an official Summit sponsor today! Current 2015 sponsors include U.S. Poultry and Egg Association, Vance Publishing, Meatingplace, the Farm Credit System, Watt Global Media, Elanco Animal Health, American Feed Industry Association, United Soybean Board, Iowa Soybean Association, National Biodiesel Board, Protect the Harvest, National Turkey Federation, National Cattleman’s Beef Association, GMO Answers, Food Industry Environmental Network, Kemin, Kansas Livestock Association, Brakke Consulting, AgriBeef, Kansas Farm Bureau, Dairy Max, GNP Company, the Kansas City Animal Health Corridor, North Carolina Farm Bureau and other partners.
Please contact Kay Johnson Smith, president and CEO, at (703) 562-1412 to find out how to get involved by sponsoring the event.
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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