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Foreign Agricultural Service Administrator A. Ellen Terpstra Will Speak at AMI Convention Breakfast Session

Thursday, September 26, 2002

Washington, DC—Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) Administrator A. Ellen Terpstra will share insights on international trade issues relative to the meat and poultry industry in a special session October 25 during the AMI Annual Convention and Innovation Showcase in New Orleans, LA, October 24 – 26, 2002.

As part of an educational opportunity offered at the convention, meat and poultry industry representatives will be able to meet and speak with Terpstra, whose agency works to improve access to foreign markets for U.S. agricultural products.

Terpstra left her four-year post as president and chief executive officer of the USA Rice Federation to accept an appointment last February as administrator of the Foreign Agricultural Service. Teprstra’s experience with international food and trade policy is best illustrated by her previous work with Congressional Research Service, the Office of the United States Trade Representative and the U.S. Apple Association.

Terpstra’s presentation is part of a special breakfast that includes three other USDA administrators: Donna Reifschneider, administrator of the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA); Garry L. McKee, administrator of the Food Safety and Inspection Service; and A.J. Yates, administrator of the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS).

The “Super Session: Coffee and Beignet with the Administrators” will be held Friday, October 25, 2002, from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Breakfast will be served first followed by presentations from the administrators.

The Innovation Showcase provides a forum for viewing new technologies and products for the meat and poultry industry. Featuring more than 150 exhibitors, the Showcase is recognized as the place for innovative industry suppliers to show their latest products and a place for informal business discussions. In addition, the convention offers educational opportunities including an environment/operations, government and public policy, management and finance and marketing conferences. The Annual Meat Industry Research Conference also will be held October 24 – 26, 2002.

AMI represents the interests of packers and processors of beef, pork, lamb, veal and turkey products and their suppliers throughout North America. Together, AMI's members produce 95 percent of the beef, pork, lamb and veal products and 70 percent of the turkey products in the U.S. Headquartered in Washington, DC, the Institute provides legislative, regulatory, public relations, technical, scientific and educational services to the industry. Its affiliate, the AMI Foundation, is a separate 501(c)3 organization that conducts research, education and information projects for the industry.

For more information contact:
Janet Riley
Vice President, Public Affairs
Josee Daoust
Manager, Public Affairs

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