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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.

NAMI Meat Pavilion at NGA Show

September 19-21, 2021


Protein PACT 2021

October 12-25 | Virtual
October 28-29 | San Antonio, TX

This hybrid conference is the official launch event for the Protein PACT. This event will bring together the industry to help drive forward the commitment to work transparently and accelerate progress toward global sustainable development goals. The conference will dive deeper into the five focus areas that the Meat Institute is committed to achieving commitments to within the Protein PACT. The in-person conference will take place October 28-29 in San Antonio, TX with virtual content presented both before and after the event. Registration will be open soon, please save the date!

Animal Care and Handling Conference

October 14-15, 2021
Kansas City, MO

Wholesome meat and poultry starts with raising healthy animals and providing the most humane care throughout their life cycle. This hybrid conference provides expert instruction on a range of topics affecting meat and poultry processing companies by addressing key strategies for continuous improvement in animal care and handling. From the latest in animal welfare philosophy to best practices in movement and stunning, the Animal Care and Handling Conference offers instruction at a range of levels from leading academic and industry experts.

Who Should Attend?

  • CEOs and senior managers who seek to understand new customer demands – and how to meet them.
  • Plant managers and operations personnel responsible for implementing new animal handling programs – or improving existing ones.
  • New livestock handlers on the front-lines.
  • Producers who want to understand animal welfare from farm to plant.
  • Animal welfare auditors looking to sharpen their skills.
  • Retail and restaurant companies who seek to understand the issues and challenges involved in animal care and handling.

Advanced Listeria monocytogenes Intervention and Control Workshop

October 19-20, 2021 | Kansas city, MO
October 20 – November 5 | Virtual

Every day, RTE manufacturers face the challenge of controlling Listeria monocytogenes in order to produce safe, nutritious products. This workshop will cover the latest developments in Listeria control, taught by industry experts using real-life examples from their own plant experience. Workshop topics include process control, sanitation, sanitary design, environmental monitoring, investigations and corrective actions, and much more. The workshop also provides critical information to help processors stay up to date on regulatory issues and changes. This learning experience is designed to give attendees first-hand knowledge that applies directly to their plants with take-home action items for continuous improvement.



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.