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Member Benefits


Each year the Education & Workforce Development Department, in conjunction with other NAMI departments, conducts a series of annual conferences and educational workshops to meet the needs of the NAMI membership, others in the industry and their retail and food service customers.

Annual education conferences, topical workshops, award programs, 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.


Meat Industry Management Conference

April 15-18, 2015
Carlsbad, CA

This annual meeting and conference is a great networking and educational opportunity for the entire industry.  Education topics will be broad and cover multiple interest areas including food safety, government regulations, workforce issues, economics, and general business topics.   The always popular Issues Answers Actions session will be featured, which provides structured member interaction on a variety of issues and topics. Education on new technologies will also be featured, and there will be tabletop exhibit opportunities.

Worker Safety, Labor and Employment Conference and Awards

April 22-23, 2015
Kansas City, MO

This NAMI Foundation educational conference is designed to provide critical information to help enhance worker safety, reduce injury and illness rates, lower compensation costs and increase productivity through better safety management.  The program is intended for meat and poultry plant managers, safety and personnel specialists and supervisors with employee safety, health and human resources responsibilities. In addition to joint sessions, the program also break into specific tracks for worker safety and HR, and provides a motivational keynote speaker.  The Worker Safety Awards will be presented at this conference.


Center of the Plate Training

June 2-4, 2015
College Station, TX

NAMI Foundation Center of the Plate Training® (COP) sessions bring together some of the top experts and species organizations to teach food industry professionals  the best and most profitable uses for  beef, pork, lamb, veal and poultry, as well as processed meats and seafood. This three day course is designed to teach the fundamentals of meat specifications by giving a first-hand look at how carcasses are converted to cuts commonly used in retail and foodservice.  This event draws approximately 50 attendees.

Beef Safety Conference

Dates TBD
Rosemont, IL

Held annually since 2007, this event provides valuable insights for beef processors, outstanding networking opportunities, and access to the best information to help your business improve its food safety programs. Each conference brings together top experts from industry, government, and academia to address the most critical issues that beef processors face today.  Tabletop exhibits and sponsorships are available. This event draws approximately 150 attendees.


Animal Care and Handling Conference

October 15-16, 2015
Kansas City, MO

This workshop is designed to help you improve productivity, efficiency and product quality while learning the latest humane handling and stunning practices.   This program is intended for key plant personnel, such as managers, production and pen supervisors, training managers, quality assurance and safety staff and others involved in training personnel in animal driving, handling and stunning.  Table top exhibits and sponsorship opportunities are available. 

Advanced Listeria monocytogenes Intervention and Control

October 20-21, 2015
Kansas City, MO

This workshop focuses on the challenge of controlling Listeria monocytogenes in order to produce a safe, nutritious product. The NAMI Foundation has worked with experts across the industry to develop a learning experience tailored to meet those challenges. This year's workshop will include an off-site afternoon at a nearby associate member, which was proven a successful venture in 2014, and other program updates will be implemented.  Discussion topics will continue to focus on sanitation, equipment design, corrective actions, sampling plans and data analysis.  Sponsorships and exhibits are available for this conference. 


Outlook Conference & Board of Directors Meeting

Nov 1-4, 2015
Washington, DC 

This annual meeting and conference is a great networking and educational opportunity for the entire industry.  In partnership with the Canadian Meat Council, the Meat Importers Council of America this broadly attended event will include a variety of education sessions on key industry topics, particularly those involving regulatory and legislative issues, as well as outlook sessions for 2016 and the member to member education provided by Issues Answers Action.  Tabletop exhibits and sponsorship opportunities are available.


IPPE Education

Atlanta, GA
January 26-January 29, 2015

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NAMI will offer 15 free workshop sessions at the show for attendees interested in consumer trends, food safety and operations management, including 2 sessions offered in Spanish and Portuguese translation.  In addition to the free workshops, NAMI will offer a Recalls Workshop and a plant tour on Monday, January 26, a Pre-Harvest Interventions Workshop and Media Training for the Meat and Poultry Industry on Wednesday, January 28 and a FSIS Generic Labeling Workshop on Thursday, January 29.

Environmental Conference for the Meat and Poultry Industry

Atlanta, GA
January 26- January 27, 2015

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For the first time, the Environmental Conference will be co-located with IPPE (previously held in conjunction with the worker safety/HR conference).  This 2 day conference will provide information on a variety of topics and challenges related to environmental issues.  This year the program has a heavy emphasis on water use, conservation, and regulations, as well as other topics including greenhouse gas emissions and waste management.  Winners of the Environmental Achievement & Recognition Awards will be honored at a reception on Monday, January 26. 


Annual Meat Conference

February 22-24, 2015
Nashville, TN

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The Annual Meat Conference, co-sponsored by NAMI and the Food Marketing Institute (FMI), will be held in Nashville, TN on February 22-24, 2015 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center.  The annual Product Tasting Reception and Tech Fair continue to be premier events held during the conference.  The conference is expected to reach 900 attendees with 18 companies participating in Tech Fair and 58 booths in the Product Tasting Reception. 


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 NAMIF 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.