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Each year the North American Meat Institute in conjunction with the Foundation for Meat & Poultry Research & Education, conducts a series of annual conferences and educational workshops to meet the needs of our membership, the meat industry and their retail and food service customers.

This includes annual education conferences, topical workshops, award programs, Board of Directors & committee meetings and an annual trade show. Every event is an opportunity for industry processors, suppliers and press to learn, network and take back valuable solutions for their company and professional development.

We are fully committed to the health and safety of everyone who attends our events. We are following guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), and state and local governments regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) and will provide regular updates to all stakeholders as the situation warrants. If you have any questions regarding an upcoming event, please contact our meetings staff at registration@meatinstitute.org.

Upcoming Events


Animal Care and Handling in Small Plants Series


This on-demand series is open to all meat industry professionals and stakeholders. Sessions will include regulatory updates, maintain a robust animal welfare program, handling high risk animals, types of stunning, humane handling audits and more. As part of the series, NAMI will offered a Q&A session with world-renowned animal welfare expert Temple Grandin for her ABCs of Animal Handling. Grandin took an in-depth look at best practices in livestock handling and stunning. Grandin’s session covers a variety of important topics related to animal movement, facility design, stunning principles, and equipment options.

Introduction To All New Food Safety Equipment Design Principals

August 3, 2021 | 1:00 PM ET

As knowledge on food safety and foreign material control advances, so have the principles of equipment design. An industry working group of sanitation, design, and engineering experts have been working on updated guidance for the industry, which addresses all aspects of food safety, including sanitary design and foreign material control. This webinar will provide an introduction to some of the most critical components of the new principles, including examples of how some equipment has been designed to meet certain aspects. We will also cover compatible materials, accessibility for sanitation, operational performance, and maintenance enclosures.

Cybersecurity Amidst the Rise of Ransomware

August 5, 2021 | 1:00 PM ET

Businesses today face unprecedented threats to network security due to foreign hackers, ransomware attacks, and other forms of malware that have skyrocketed in recent years. This issue has hit home hard for the meat industry in recent months and processors and suppliers of all sizes should be focusing efforts to protect their data, businesses, customers, and supply chains. This webinar will cover the scope of the threat in the U.S., and the immediate steps needed to identify and address vulnerabilities. Attendees will gain an understanding of the biggest cybersecurity threats today and the steps that should be taken to be prepared for a potential attack.

Meat Industry Food Safety Conference

August 18 – September 9 | Virtual
August 25-26 | Chicago, IL

This hybrid conference will bring together top experts from industry and academia to cover such topics as pathogen control, sanitation, foreign material control, responding to regulatory actions, risk assessment, recall preparation, industry innovation, and much more. The cumulative food safety events presented as part of this conference will help you improve your own food safety systems and provide an understanding of the Protein PACT and the role that individual companies will play. The in-person conference will be held August 25-26 in Rosemont, IL with virtual content presented both before and after the event.


NAMI Meat Pavilion at NGA Show

September 19-21, 2021


Animal Care and Handling Conference

October 14-15, 2021
Kansas City, MO

Advanced Listeria monocytogenes Intervention and Control Workshop

October 19-20, 2021
Kansas city, MO



International Production and Processing Expo (IPPE)

January 25 – January 27, 2022
Atlanta, GA

Annual Meat Conference

February 7-9, 2022
National Harbor, MD

NAMI Meat Pavilion at NGA Show

February 27-March 2, 2022

Workers Safety, Labor & Employment, and Environmental Conferences

March 29 – 30, 2022
San Antonio, TX

Advanced Listeria monocytogenes Intervention and Control Workshop

April 27-28, 2022
Kansas City, MO


International Production and Processing Expo (IPPE)

January 24 – January 26, 2023
Atlanta, GA

NAMI Meat Pavilion at NGA Show

February 26-March 1, 2023

Annual Meat Conference

March 6-8, 2023
Dallas, TX

Meat Industry Summit

April 17-20, 2023
Carlsbad, CA


International Production and Processing Expo (IPPE)

January 30 – February 1, 2024
Atlanta, GA

Annual Meat Conference

March 18-20, 2024
Nashville, TN


International Production and Processing Expo (IPPE)

January 28 – January 30, 2025
Atlanta, GA


NAMI will schedule webinars at regular intervals that will focus on either 1) time-sensitive information, or  2) topics of interest to small and very small members who may not have the necessary resources to attend in-person events.


NAMI and Foundation for Meat & Poultry Research & Education will continue to provide annual conventions, conferences, and webinars for all segments of the membership and develop special workshops, seminars and other programs to meet needs as they arise.