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Meat Institute Holds Annual Meeting and Outlook Conference, Elects New Officers

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

(North American Meat Institute)

The Meat Institute held its Annual Meeting and Outlook Conference September 27-29, at the Fairmont Hotel in Washington, D.C. The event featured in-depth education sessions, covering key industry topics including food waste, antibiotic use in livestock and a preview of 2017 USDA priorities. Conference breakout sessions addressed legislative affairs, employment issues, family business topics, economics and more.

The Institute also announced the officers who will guide the organization in 2017.

Mike Townsley, president of Bob Evans Farms, Inc., will serve as chairman of the Board of Directors, while John Vatri, vice president of operations at Cardinal Meat Specialists, Ltd., will serve as vice chairman.

Sara Lilygren, executive vice president of corporate affairs for Tyson Foods, Inc., assumed the position of treasurer and Joe Maas, co-owner and vice president of operations at JTM Provisions, will be the new secretary. Brian Coelho, president of Central Valley Meat Co., will serve as immediate past chairman.

In addition, the full NAMI Board of Directors held a meeting September 29. Conference networking opportunities included the John Duyn Golf Tournament and a showcase exhibit and reception. The Institute once again hosted Congressional office visits and a reception on Capitol Hill. Recipients of this year's NAMI Scholarship Foundation awards were also recognized.

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