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Each year the North American Meat Institute in conjunction with the Foundation for Meat & Poultry Research & Education, conducts a series of annual conferences and educational workshops to meet the needs of our membership, the meat industry and their retail and food service customers.

This includes annual education conferences, topical workshops, award programs, Board of Directors & committee meetings and an annual trade show. Every event is an opportunity for industry processors, suppliers and press to learn, network and take back valuable solutions for their company and professional development.

We are fully committed to the health and safety of everyone who attends our events. We are following guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), and state and local governments regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) and will provide regular updates to all stakeholders as the situation warrants. If you have any questions regarding an upcoming event, please contact our meetings staff at registration@meatinstitute.org.

Upcoming Events


Meat Industry Summit

On-Demand until May 16, 2021

Advanced Listeria monocytogenes Intervention and Control Workshop

May 4-13, 2021
Virtual Event Series

From sanitation to corrective actions and sampling plans to data analysis, Listeria control involves your whole team. Not only does the Advanced Listeria monocytogenes Intervention and Control Workshop have presentations on the latest developments in Listeria control and real-life examples from people with plant experience, but it also features sessions and case studies designed to give you first-hand knowledge to apply to your plant. This virtual event will be presented as a series over multiple days.

100 Days Later: A Post Election Look at the Politics and Policies Affecting the Meat Industry

May 11, 2021 | 11:00 AM ET

After 100 days of a new Congress and new administration, join us to learn how the issues and political appointments that affect the meat industry are shaping up. From antitrust to climate policy and the congressional agenda, our expert speakers will take a look at the topics of interest to the meat industry.

Practical Automation Approaches for the Meat Industry

May 20, 2021 | 1:00 PM ET

As processors consider how and where to look for opportunities to embrace new technology, what are the best approaches to get started and how can the hurdles be overcome? Join us to learn more about the tangible and intangible outcomes of automation and how to set up your operation for long-term success.


Center of the Plate

July 20-21, 2021
College Station, TX

Center of the Plate Training® is a three-day course designed to teach you the fundamentals of meat specifications by giving you a first-hand look at how carcasses are converted to cuts commonly used in retail and foodservice. It’s a lively learning experience that includes a detailed cutting demonstration of all the major center of the plate protein items: beef, veal, lamb, and pork, as well as sections on poultry and processed meats. You’ll come away with an increased knowledge of center of the plate items and your personal copy of the Meat Buyer’s Guide®; for over 40 years, the authoritative Guide to meat and poultry identification. Registration opening soon.


Meat Industry Food Safety Conference

August 24 – 26, 2021
Chicago, IL


NAMI Meat Pavilion at NGA Show

September 19-21, 2021


Animal Care and Handling Conference

October 14-15, 2021
Kansas City, MO

Advanced Listeria monocytogenes Intervention and Control Workshop

October 19-20, 2021
Kansas city, MO



International Production and Processing Expo (IPPE)

January 25 – January 27, 2022
Atlanta, GA

NAMI Meat Pavilion at NGA Show

February 27-March 2, 2022

Annual Meat Conference

March 14-16, 2022
National Harbor, MD

Meat Industry Summit

March 28 – 31, 2022
San Antonio, TX

Advanced Listeria monocytogenes Intervention and Control Workshop

April 27-28, 2022
Kansas City, MO


International Production and Processing Expo (IPPE)

January 24 – January 26, 2023
Atlanta, GA

NAMI Meat Pavilion at NGA Show

February 26-March 1, 2023

Annual Meat Conference

March 6-8, 2023
Dallas, TX

Meat Industry Summit

April 17-20, 2023
Carlsbad, CA


International Production and Processing Expo (IPPE)

January 30 – February 1, 2024
Atlanta, GA

Annual Meat Conference

March 18-20, 2024
Nashville, TN


International Production and Processing Expo (IPPE)

January 28 – January 30, 2025
Atlanta, GA


NAMI will schedule webinars at regular intervals that will focus on either 1) time-sensitive information, or  2) topics of interest to small and very small members who may not have the necessary resources to attend in-person events.


NAMI and Foundation for Meat & Poultry Research & Education will continue to provide annual conventions, conferences, and webinars for all segments of the membership and develop special workshops, seminars and other programs to meet needs as they arise.