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Provocative Ag Policy Guru Dennis Avery to Keynote AMI Annual Convention & Innovation Showcase, September 30-October 2, Nashville, Tenn.

Friday, August 6, 2004

Arlington, VA -- One of the nation’s leading experts on food and agriculture policy -- Dennis Avery of the Hudson Institute – will deliver a General Session address about the promise of biotechnology at the American Meat Institute Annual Convention, featuring the Innovation Showcase, Sept. 30-Oct. 2, 2004, at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tenn.

During “Feeding The World: The Promise and Political Perils of Biotechnology,” Friday, Oct. 1, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Avery will separate myth from reality on this important and developing new scientific frontier. Always provocative and engaging, Avery will discuss the potential biotechnology holds for feeding the world and protecting the environment.

Avery serves as the director of Center for Global Food Issues, a project of the Hudson Institute that conducts research and analysis of agriculture and the environmental concerns surrounding food and fiber production. He has served as agricultural analyst for the U.S. Department of State, where he was responsible for assessing the foreign-policy implications of food and farming developments worldwide.

Avery received awards for outstanding performance from three different government agencies and was awarded the National Intelligence Medal of Achievement in 1983.

At the Hudson Institute, Avery continues to monitor developments in world food production, farm product demand, the safety and security of food supplies, and the sustainability of world agriculture. As a staff member of the President's National Advisory Commission on Food and Fiber, he wrote the Commission's landmark report, "Food and Fiber for the Future." Avery writes a weekly column that is featured in newspapers nationwide and appears on many TV and radio programs, including ABC’s 20/20 and National Public Radio, where he recently debated a representative of the Center for Science in the Public Interest about the safety of the U.S. food supply.

Other convention highlights include:
· Special, pre-convention conference, “Sanitary Facility Design”;
· Four education tracks featuring five important “Super Sessions”;
· An Innovation Showcase featuring exhibits of the latest technologies;
· A glimpse into the mind of the consumer during the opening general session- The American Consumer In Changing Times, by Harry Balzer, vice president, The NPD Group.

Registration is $595 for AMI packer processors and exhibiting suppliers registering though August 27. Non-member packer-processors pay $695 through August 27. After the August 27th early bird deadline these rates increase by $100. Other registration rates are detailed on the registration form. To register online, go to www.MeatAMI.com. For registration information, please contact Katie Brannan at kbrannan@MeatAMI.com or 703-841-3621.

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, D.C., the Institute provides legislative, regulatory, public relations, technical, scientific and educational services to the industry. Its affiliate, the AMI Foundation, is a 501(c)(3) organization that conducts research, education and information projects for the industry.

For more information contact:
Janet Riley
Sr. VP, Public Affairs
Ayoka Blandford
Manager, Public Affairs

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