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Industry Veteran Joy Philippi Named AMI Vice President of Legislative Affairs

Monday, January 4, 2010
 

Washington, D.C. — The American Meat Institute (AMI) today announced that industry veteran Joy Philippi has been named vice president of legislative affairs at the organization. In her position, Philippi will handle a variety of issues before Congress and the Administration, including those impacting the environment and animal welfare.

Philippi is a fourth-generation family farmer and manager. She has owned and managed the swine production facility Pine Alley, LLC, since 1997.

Philippi has a long record of leadership and advocacy, serving on local, state, national and international levels. She is past president of Nebraska Pork Producers Association and 2006 president of National Pork Producers Council (NPPC).

In these roles, she has provided leadership in developing industry positions on a wide range of issues affecting the U.S. swine industry, served as a pork industry representative to other agricultural organizations and as spokesperson for the industry in dealings with Congress and federal agency officials.

Philippi served as co-chair of the NPPC Farm Bill task force and advocated its passage to Congress, developing and maintaining strong working relationships with many members on both sides of the aisle.

Philippi was previously employed as a scale master, general accountant and grain inspector at Bruning Grain and Feed Company, and as an editor covering agriculture news at Hebron Journal-Register. She is a graduate of Southeast Community College-Fairbury, Nebraska.

“Joy’s knowledge of production agriculture combined with her experience in public policy and advocacy will be an enormous asset to AMI,” said AMI President and CEO J. Patrick Boyle.

AMI is also announcing the promotion of Matthew Mika to the position of senior director of legislative affairs. Mika has been with AMI since January 2009, where he has focused on many issues including food safety and immigration. Mika previously served as senior legislative assistant for agricultural issues in the office of Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI) and also worked for Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI). 

 In addition, Rosie Levine has been promoted to manager, convention and exposition services. Levine joined AMI in April 2008. She earned a BBA in event management from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

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