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GIPSA Administrator Donna Reifschneider Will Address Industry Officials at AMI Annual Convention

Thursday, September 26, 2002

Washington, DC—USDA’s Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) Administrator Donna Reifschneider will make a presentation to industry representatives at a special session October 25 during the American Meat Institute’s 2002 Annual Convention and Innovation Showcase in New Orleans, October 24 – 26, 2002.

As part of the educational opportunities offered at the Annual Convention, meat industry representatives will be able to meet and speak with Reifschneider, whose agency facilitates the marketing of livestock, poultry, meat and other agricultural products and promotes the fair and competitive trading practices for American agriculture.

Reifschneider, appointed in April, came to USDA from an executive committee membership at the U.S. Meat Export Federation. She is the former president of the National Pork Producer’s Council and operates a 600-sow, 1000-hog farm in Southern Illinois with her family. Reifschneider also participates in Illinois Governor Edgar’s Commission on Animal Agriculture, the University of Illinois Blue Ribbon Task Force on Extension and the Illinois Agricultural Leadership Program.

Reifschneider’s presentation is part of a special breakfast session with three other USDA administrators: Garry L. McKee, Ph.D., administrator of the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS); A. Ellen Terpstra, administrator of Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) 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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