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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.



Environmental Conference for the Meat & Poultry Industry

January 30-31, 2017
Co-located with IPPE

The meat and poultry industry faces unique challenges regarding environmental issues. Even as the industry adapts new technologies and provides continuous improvement, environmental issues garner increased attention from government and consumers alike. Learn from industry leaders about key issues through the sharing of best practices, and gain practical information to help improve your environmental programs and compliance.

Worker Safety Conference for the Meat & Poultry Industry

January 30-31, 2017
Co-located with IPPE

With nearly half a million people working in the meat and poultry industry, worker safety is imperative to the success of our businesses. This conference will address the top safety challenges experienced on a daily basis and will provide advice and guidance from industry leaders on how to maintain and develop the necessary programs required for continuous improvement in worker safety. In addition, the conference will address regulatory and legal issues that safety professionals need to know and understand. For the first time, the Meat Institute’s annual Worker Safety Conference will be co-located with IPPE, allowing attendees even greater opportunities with access to all IPPE has to offer.

IPPE Education

January 31-February 2, 2017
Atlanta, GA

NAMI will offer numerous workshop sessions at the show for attendees interested in business growth, operations management, food safety, and product development. Registration will open September 1, 2016. Please visit for exhibit, housing and registration details.


Annual Meat Conference

February 19-21, 2017
Dallas, TX

The Annual Meat Conference, co-sponsored by NAMI and the Food Marketing Institute (FMI), will be held in Dallas, TX on February 19-21, 2017 at the Hilton Anatole. The AMC offers comprehensive education sessions that include a variety of ways to explore the latest developments in meat retailing. In addition, the annual Product Tasting Reception continues to be a premier event, and the conference provides outstanding networking opportunities. Registration for AMC will open in the Fall.

NAMI Meat Pavilion at the NGA Show

February 12 – 15, 2017
The Mirage Hotel, Las Vegas, NV

Showcase your products and services on The NGA Show EXPO floor in the Meat Pavilion. NAMI offers a special opportunity to secure space at a discount not even available to NGA members due to the nature of NAMI member’s valuable products. The National Grocers Association (NGA) is the national trade association representing the retail and wholesale grocers that comprise the independent sector of the food distribution industry. NAMI is partnering with NGA to host a Meat Pavilion at the NGA show to provide you with an opportunity to showcase your animal protein products to hundreds of independent retail and wholesale grocers. This is a unique opportunity for NAMI members to secure exhibit space for less than what NGA is charging their members and promote your products to a segment of the food distribution industry that generates more than $130 billion in annual sales.


Meat Industry Management Conference

April 4 – 6, 2017
Rancho Bernardo inn
San Diego, 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.


Pathogen Control and Regulatory Compliance in Beef Processing Conference

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

Annual Meeting & Outlook Conference

The Meat Institute Annual Meeting and Outlook Conference is an outstanding networking and educational opportunity for the entire industry. This broadly attended event includes a variety of education sessions on key industry matters, regulatory and legislative issues, business and economics topics, as well as a look ahead at the top concerns for 2017 and the member to member education provided by Issues Answers Action. Evening networking events compliment the program, and business meetings include the Annual Meeting, committee meetings, and a Board of Directors meeting. Tabletop exhibits and sponsorship opportunities are available.


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.