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NAMI Announces Three Free Education Programs for 2018 IPPE

Thursday, December 14, 2017

(North American Meat Institute)

The Meat Institute announced details for three free education sessions at the 2018 International Production and Processing Expo (IPPE), scheduled to take place January 30 - February 1, 2018, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia.

World renowned animal welfare expert Temple Grandin, Ph.D., professor of animal science at Colorado State University, will lead the " Livestock Handling and Stunning to Optimize Animal Welfare and Regulatory Compliance " education session, during which she will provide an overview of different effective stunning methods, including strategies to troubleshoot issues when they arise. Chuck Bildstein, product specialist at Bunzl Distribution North America, will also headline the session. The workshop will discuss concerns related to stunner maintenance to better assist plants in preventing failed stuns. This two-hour program will take place Wednesday, January 31, from 1 to 3 p.m.

The " Get the Facts With Meat Mythcrushers " session will introduce attendees to NAMI's Meat Mythcrushers video series , which uses referenced facts and industry experts in the areas of affordability, animal welfare, antibiotics, environment, food safety, meat processing, nutrition and livestock handling to crush some of the most common myths to help consumers make informed choices. NAMI Senior Vice President of Public Affairs Janet Riley and Vice President of Public Affairs Eric Mittenthal will arm attendees with the facts they need to speak confidently to consumers and customers about food production practices. The two-hour session is scheduled for Thursday, February 1, from 8 to 10 a.m.

Finally, the " Family Business Focus: Utilizing Outside Advisors and Board Members for Greater Success " workshop will examine how family business can best utilize the expertise of outside advisors and board members, and how this process can help those businesses grow and succeed. Panelists include Eric Gustafson, CEO, Coast Packing; Neal Leonard, CEO, Leonard Holding Company; James Griffin, board member, Leonard Holding Company; and Bill Hawfield, board member, Coast Packing Company. The session will be held Tuesday, January 30, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. To register for these sessions, visit www.ippexpo.org .

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