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AMI Foundation offers Animal Care and Handling Conference for the Food Industry in October

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Contact: Stephen Wojnaroski, 202/587-4251

Janet Riley, 202/587-4245

Washington, DC, Wednesday, August 15, 2012 -- The AMI Foundation (AMIF) Animal Care and Handling Conference for the Food Industry, the leading animal welfare education opportunity for meat companies, their customers and those involved in the production and management of livestock and meat products, will be held October 17-18, 2012 at the Westin Crown Center, Kansas City, Missouri.

This highly-rated conference offers a variety of professional development opportunities. Nearly a dozen associations and organizations have collaborated this year to create a program that satisfies an array of attendee needs.

The conference includes three focused tracks: Management and Policy, Applied Pig Handling and Applied Cattle Handling, with a number of topics.

The Management and Policy Track is ideal for those responsible for “big picture” management of animal handling and welfare. The track will address key strategies for managing changing needs and trends, including the impact of consumer perspectives on animal welfare.

Attendees in the Management and Policy track will benefit from sessions ranging from antibiotics and welfare implications, perception and how it influences buying, an FSIS training update and a beginners guide to engaging in social media.

The Applied Pig Handling and Applied Cattle Handling tracks offer attendees in-depth instruction by species. Leading academic experts in the field will offer instruction at a range of levels – from beginner to advanced. Their presentations will be complemented by practical insights from industry experts.

This year’s featured speakers include Temple Grandin, Ph.D., president, Grandin Livestock Handling Systems; Paula Bates, Tyson Foods, Inc.; Larry Davis, DVM, USDA, FSIS;; Joe Regenstein, Ph.D., Cornell University; Janet Riley, American Meat Institute; Elizabeth Rumley, The National Agriculture Law Center; Dan Thomson, Ph.D., Kansas State University; Kurt Vogel, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin – River Falls; and Liz Wagstrom, DVM, National Pork Producers Council.

  Co-sponsoring organizations include American Association of Bovine Practitioners, American Association of Meat Processors, American Association of Swine Veterinarians, American Meat Science Association, Animal Agriculture Alliance, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, National Dairy FARM Program, National Grocers Association, National Milk Producers Federation, National Pork Board, National Pork Producers Council, North American Meat Association, and Professional Animal Auditor Certification Organization, Inc.

Registration fees for those registering by September 6, 2012 are $475 for members, and $415 when three or more members register together. After September 6, registration rates increase to $525 for members, and $465 when three or more members register together. Registration is $825 for nonmembers.

For a complete agenda and to register: http://www.meatinstitute.org/ht/d/MeetingDetailsMO/mid/00000103




Alchemy, a leading provider of industry training and education, is the proud Gold Sponsor of this conference.  For more information about Alchemy, click here:  http://www.alchemysystems.com/

The American Meat Institute Foundation is a non-profit research, education and information foundation established by the American Meat Institute to study ways the meat and poultry industry can produce better, safer products and operate more efficiently.

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 United States. The Institute provides legislative, regulatory, public relations, technical, scientific and educational services to the meat and poultry packing and processing industry.

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