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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 the 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.

Upcoming Events



February 12 – 14, 2019
Georgia World Congress Center
Atlanta, GA

Environmental Conference for the Meat & Poultry Industry

Co-located at the International Production and Processing Expo (IPPE)

February 11-12, 2019
Atlanta, GA

Environmental issues are top of mind for meat and poultry processors, with increased information and innovation paving the way for improvements. Addressing regulatory requirements and consumer interest continues to impact decision making as well. This conference will cover critical topics including EPA enforcement, water use and conservation, energy management, biogas, chemical security, and more.

Worker Safety Conference for the Meat & Poultry Industry

Co-located at the International Production and Processing Expo (IPPE)

February 11-12, 2019
Atlanta, GA

This conference will address the most critical issues in worker safety and provide practical information and insight to help meat and poultry companies reduce workplace injuries and provide a safe working environment for their employees. The conference will also address changes in regulatory requirements and provide information on compliance.

NAMI Meat Pavilion at the NGA Show

February 24-27, 2019
San Diego Convention Center
San Diego, CA


Annual Meat Conference

March 3-5, 2019
Hilton Anatole
Dallas, TX


Meat Industry Summit & Board of Directors Meeting

April 8-11, 2019
Park Hyatt Aviara Resort
Carlsbad, CA

Advanced Listeria monocytogenes Intervention and Control

April 17 – 18, 2019
Hilton KCI
Kansas City, Missouri

This workshop focuses on the challenge of controlling Listeria monocytogenes in order to produce a safe, nutritious product. The Foundation for Meat & Poultry Research & Education 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 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.


Center of the Plate Training

June 18– 20, 2019
Aloft College Station
1150 University Drive East
College Station, TX 77840

Foundation for Meat & Poultry Research & Education 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 90 attendees.

NextGen Family Business Workshop

June 25– 26, 2019
Hyatt Regency Indianapolis
Indianapolis, IN

This interactive workshop will provide a mix of large group presentations and discussions, small group projects, and individual work plans. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn from The Family Business Consulting Group’s expert instructors as well as each other’s experiences for maximum benefit.


Pathogen Control and Regulatory Compliance in Beef Processing Conference

September 4-5, 2019
Rosemont Hilton
Rosemont, IL

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.


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.