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Join fellow Meat Institute members and industry colleagues at the Fall Forum, which will provide regulatory and legislative updates from industry experts and Washington insiders. Co-located with the North American Meat Institute and Canadian Meat Council’s Board of Directors meetings, the Fall Forum will deliver excellent networking opportunities with meat processing members and suppliers from the United States and Canada.

While in town, take advantage of the opportunity to schedule meetings on The Hill with your Members of Congress or their staff to advocate on behalf of the industry and see the historical sites of Washington, DC.

If you need assistance scheduling a visit to The Hill, please contact Emily Reed, Manager, Legislative & Member Services at 202.587-4222 or ereed@meatinstitute.org.

To facilitate open dialogue, access to the sessions has been closed to the press. We appreciate the support of our trade press and are happy to work with our media partners to facilitate interviews where available. For any questions, please contact Sarah Little, Vice President of Communications, (202) 587-4263.


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Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel
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Rates start at $229/night. The cutoff date to make reservations is noon, September 24, 2019. Reservations requested after this date will be based upon availability and the standard price at the hotel.

For sponsorship and table top exhibit opportunities, please contact Jim Goldberg, Director Member Recruitment & Outreach, 202.587.4206

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Bill Even

Bill Even

Chief Executive Officer
National Pork Board

Bill Even is the Chief Executive Officer for the National Pork Board based in Des Moines, IA where he has responsibility for leading Checkoff-funded research, promotion and education projects on behalf of the nation’s 60,000 pork producers. Prior to his employment with the National Pork Board, Bill served as the Global Industry Relations Lead and Commercial Unit Lead for DuPont Pioneer. Bill also served as South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture from 2007 to 2010 where he managed six department divisions: Agriculture Regulatory Services, Agriculture Development, State Fair, Wildland Fire, Resource Conservation and Forestry, and Agricultural Policy. Bill also served as Deputy Secretary of Tourism and State Development, Director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, State Energy Policy Director, and Policy Advisor for Governor Mike Rounds.

Bill holds a degree in Agricultural Production from Lake Area Technical Institute, a B.S. in Agricultural Business from South Dakota State University; and a Juris Doctorate from Drake University Law School. While in law school, Bill served as executive editor of the Drake Journal of Agricultural Law, clerked for the law firm of Hefner and Bergkamp, P.C., and interned with the Soil and Water Conservation Society and the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee in Washington, D.C.

Bill and his family own and operate a diversified crop and livestock farm near Humboldt, South Dakota. The farm was homesteaded in 1883 by his great-grandfather and Bill began farming in 1983. Bill and his wife, Janell, have three children and live in Adel, Iowa.

Presentation: Pork & Processed Foods Group Meeting


Jennifer Porter

Jennifer Porter

Deputy Administrator
Agricultural Marketing Service, Livestock & Poultry Program

Jennifer Porter serves as the Deputy Administrator for the USDA, Agricultural Marketing Service Livestock & Poultry Program. In this role, Jennifer leads the Agency’s programs related to serving the livestock, meat, poultry, egg, and related industries – including voluntary grading and auditing, market news reporting, economic and statistical analysis, research and promotion program oversight for six commodity checkoff boards, and specification development in support of Federal food and nutrition assistance programs including the National School Lunch Program.

Previously, Jennifer directly oversaw the division charged with maintaining official USDA standards for beef, lamb, veal, chicken, turkey, and shell eggs; and providing voluntary grading, certification, and audits for these commodities to over 1,000 industry customers.

Jennifer currently lives on her family’s cattle farm in Fauquier County, Virginia, with her husband and two young sons.

Presentation: Regulatory Update: Insights from USDA Leadership


Carmen Rottenberg

Carmen Rottenberg

Administrator
Food Safety and Inspection Service

Carmen Rottenberg was appointed Administrator of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) in May 2018. As Administrator, Carmen advances the Agency’s vision and goals, with a focus on implementation of FSIS’ 2017-2021 Strategic Plan.

Carmen leads the FSIS Management Council to purposefully move the Agency forward through coordinated modernization efforts and has made it her goal to effectively communicate Agency initiatives to prevent foodborne illness. As Administrator, she plays an integral role in ensuring that FSIS continues to fulfill its core mission to protect public health by keeping harmful meat, poultry, and processed egg products out of commerce and to keep consumers safe from foodborne pathogens.

From August 2017 through January 2019, Carmen served as Acting Deputy Under Secretary of the Office for Food Safety. From April 2016 to August 2017, she served as FSIS Deputy Administrator. Earlier in her FSIS career, she provided leadership to the Agency in key positions including Chief Operating Officer and Chief of Staff. Carmen has been instrumental in leading key agency initiatives such as modernizing the agency’s food safety inspection systems, implementing Siluriformes inspection, and creating and updating pathogen performance standards.

Carmen began her federal career in the Federal Trade Commission’s Office of General Counsel, and has experience working in the public and private sector. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and Philosophy from Hope College in Holland, Michigan, and a Juris Doctor Degree from American University’s Washington College of Law.

Presentation: Regulatory Update: Insights from USDA Leadership


Colin Woodall

Colin Woodall

Chief Executive Officer
National Cattlemen’s Beef Association

Colin Woodall is the Chief Executive Officer of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and leads the country’s oldest and largest national trade association for cattle producers in being the trusted voice and definitive leader of the beef industry.

Originally from Big Spring, Texas, Colin graduated from Texas A&M and then worked as a grain elevator manager and merchandiser for Cargill at several locations in western Kansas and the Oklahoma panhandle. After venturing to Washington, Colin took a job with U.S. Senator John Cornyn from Texas. He has been with NCBA since 2004 and served as the association’s Chief Lobbyist in Washington, D.C., for a decade. He is a founding member of the Government Relations Leadership Forum, a life member of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, member of the Texas Aggie Corps of Cadets Association, the Agribusiness Club of Washington, D.C., the Washington Agricultural Roundtable, and is a past Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Agriculture Council of America. He also volunteers as a junior commercial steer show judge at the San Antonio Livestock Exposition.

Presentation: Inside the Beltway: Industry Advocates Discuss the Politics of Policy for Meat and Poultry

Presentation: Beef Group Meeting


Greg Ibach

Greg Ibach

Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs
USDA

Mr. Greg Ibach was confirmed by the Senate and sworn in by the Secretary as USDA’s Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs (MRP) on October 30, 2017. In his role as the Under Secretary, his main mission is to facilitate domestic and international marketing of U.S. agricultural products and ensuring the health and care of animals and plants. The MRP Mission Area is comprised of the Agricultural Marketing Service Agency and the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Agency. Before becoming Under Secretary, Mr. Ibach served as Nebraska’s Director of Agriculture since June 2005. Mr. Ibach has been inducted into the Nebraska Hall of Agricultural Achievement and is also a former President of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture.

Presentation: Networking Lunch


Gregg Doud

Gregg Doud

Chief Agricultural Negotiator
Office of the U.S. Trade Representative

Gregg Doud serves as the Chief Agricultural Negotiator, with the Rank of Ambassador, in the Office of the United States Trade Representative. He was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on March 1, 2018.

Prior to Ambassador Doud’s nomination, he was the President of the Commodity Markets Council, where he had served since 2013. Previously, Ambassador Doud was a Senior Professional Staff member of the Senate Agriculture Committee for Senator Pat Roberts and Senator Thad Cochran. He was part of the team that crafted the 2012 Senate Farm Bill, and his portfolio of issues included international trade, food aid, livestock and oversight of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC).

Before joining the Senate Agriculture Committee staff, Ambassador Doud spent eight years as the Chief Economist for the National Cattlemen's Beef Association in Washington, DC. During the past 25 years in Washington DC, he also worked for the U.S. Wheat Associates and the agricultural commodity consulting firm World Perspectives.

Ambassador Doud was raised on a dry-land wheat, grain sorghum, soybean, swine and cow-calf operation near Mankato in North-Central Kansas. He also owns part of the more than 100-year-old family farming operation that his family continues to operate, and he is a partner in a commercial cow-calf operation.

Ambassador Doud was a 4-H member and a Kansas State FFA officer. He received a B.S. in agriculture (animal science) in 1989 and a M.S. in Agricultural Economics in 1991 from Kansas State University, and he was a member of Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity. In 2012, he was named the Outstanding Young Alumnus of the Kansas State University Agriculture Alumni Association, and in 2017, he received the Outstanding Alumnus award from the Department of Agricultural Economics.

Ambassador Doud and his family live on their horse farm in Lothian, Maryland.

Presentation: Breakfast and Political Update


Leslee Oden

Leslee Oden

Vice President of Legislative Affairs
National Turkey Federation

Leslee Oden is the Vice President of Legislative Affairs at the National Turkey Federation in Washington, D.C.

As Vice President of Legislative Affairs, Leslee is responsible for guiding the federation’s legislative efforts on Capitol Hill and coordinating NTF’s grassroots outreach. She has been with NTF since 2010 as an integral member of the Government Relations team, serving as Legislative Director prior to her new role. In addition to day-to-day legislative duties, she also plays a key role in increasing contributions to TURPAC, NTF’s political action committee. She earned her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in poultry science from Texas A&M University and is originally from Leona, Texas.

Presentation: Inside the Beltway: Industry Advocates Discuss the Politics of Policy for Meat and Poultry


Meghan Cline

Meghan Cline

Communications Director
Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry

Meghan Cline is the communications director for Chairman Pat Roberts of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry. Cline most recently worked as the Committee’s press secretary for four years. Prior to that, she was assistant director of communications for the National Pork Producers Council. Meghan was born and raised in Dalton, Ga., and earned Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Agricultural Communications from the University of Georgia and Oklahoma State University, respectively

Presentation: Stories of Congressional Flacks: A Panel of Key House and Senate Communicators and How They Contribute to Policymaking


Neil Dierks

Neil Dierks

Chief Executive Officer
National Pork Producers Council

Neil Dierks is Chief Executive Officer of the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC). In this position, he is responsible for the overall implementation of all NPPC programs. Beginning in 1990, Dierks served NPPC in a series of senior executive positions, including Executive Director of Operations, Vice President for Research and Education and Senior Vice President for Programs.

Prior to his service with NPPC, Dierks was the Special Activities Director for the Iowa Pork Producers Association and Marketing Director for the Iowa Corn Promotion Board.

Dierks currently serves on the Supporters of Ag Research (SOAR) Foundation Board of Directors, the Board and Executive Committee of the Charles Valentine Riley Memorial Foundation and is a recipient of the Distinguished Support of Animal Science Award from the American Society of Animal Science.

Neil grew up on a livestock farm in eastern Iowa and remains involved in a family farming operation. He is a graduate of Iowa State University.

Presentation: Pork & Processed Foods Group Meeting


Patrick Delaney

Patrick Delaney

Communications Director
House Committee on Agriculture

Patrick Delaney is the Communications Director for the House Committee on Agriculture under Chairman Collin Peterson of Minnesota. He came to the Committee shortly before House markup of the 2018 Farm Bill. Previously, Delaney served for seven years as policy communication director for the American Soybean Association, and prior to that managed communications for four years at the United Fresh Produce Association. Additionally, he has experience in small agency public relations, sports communications, and radio and print journalism.

Delaney is also active in political campaigns, including the management of communications for Peterson’s 2018 reelection.

A native of Kansas City, Delaney holds a bachelor’s in political and persuasive communication from George Mason, and a master’s in integrated marketing communications from West Virginia.

Presentation: Stories of Congressional Flacks: A Panel of Key House and Senate Communicators and How They Contribute to Policymaking


Sarah Slocum Collins

Sarah Slocum Collins

Sr. Manager, Federal Government Relations
Tyson Foods

Sarah Slocum Collins serves as Senior Manager, Federal Government Relations for Tyson Foods in Washington DC. Sarah earned her law degree from the University of Arkansas School of Law and is licensed in the state of Arkansas. Prior to law school, Sarah graduated summa cum laude from the University of Central Arkansas earning a B.A. in Liberal Arts with a minor in Mass Communication.

Before moving to DC, Sarah served as Executive Vice President of Government Relations and associate attorney for Roberts Group, an international law firm. At Tyson Foods, Sarah handles issues within the spaces of defense, FDA, alternative proteins, and antitrust matters.

Presentation: Inside the Beltway:Industry Advocates Discuss the Politics of Policy for Meat and Poultry


Greg Hanes

Gregory P. Hanes

Chief Executive Officer
Cattlemen’s Beef Board

Greg Hanes is currently the CEO of the Cattlemen’s Beef Board (CBB) in Denver, Colorado. The CBB oversees and administers the national beef checkoff program which can be utilized for domestic and international beef promotion and research. Prior to this, Hanes was Vice President of International Marketing Programs at the U.S. Meat Export Federation. In this role, Hanes led the USMEF marketing team in Denver and managed the organization’s marketing planning processes. Hanes has served as marketing manager, marketing director, and after moving to Tokyo, he became the USMEF-Japan director in 2006. During his tenure in the Tokyo office, he spearheaded the launch of the “We Care” campaign to rebuild demand for U.S. beef and the “Erabarete No. 1” (chosen No. 1) campaign for U.S. pork, which helped achieve record export growth.

Hanes is the Chairman of the U.S. Agricultural Export Development Council (USAEDC), which is made up of agricultural trade associations. USAEDC's members include U.S. commodity trade associations, farmer cooperatives and state regional trade groups from around the country that represent the export interests of growers and processors of U.S. agricultural products. As Chairman, Hanes works with members to develop strategic and unified communications and in the promotion of programs that benefit ag exporters.

Hanes has a master’s degree in international management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management in Phoenix, Arizona, and a bachelor’s degree in economics with a minor in Asian culture and history from Colorado College. He lived and worked in Japan for almost 12 years and has extensive experience working and traveling throughout Asia and other countries.

Presentation: Inside the Beltway:Industry Advocates Discuss the Politics of Policy for Meat and Poultry


Mike Brown

Mike Brown

President
National Chicken Council

Mike Brown is president of the National Chicken Council. As president, Brown manages the NCC staff and is responsible for carrying out policies as determined by the Board of Directors.

Previously, Brown was on the staff of the American Meat Institute, where he represented AMI to Congress and the Administration as the organization’s senior vice president for legislative affairs. He joined AMI in May 1995, after serving eight years as a legislative assistant for former Sen. John Warner (R-VA), focusing on agriculture, food safety, labor, immigration, environment, and international trade issues. Brown also previously worked as a legal publication specialist for the Federal Register, where he was responsible for providing information to Congress, federal agencies, trade associations and others on federal regulations and office programs and publications.

Brown earned his Bachelor of Science in political science and history from the State University of New York, Brockport.

The National Chicken Council represents vertically-integrated chicken producer-processors, the companies that produce, process and market chickens and chicken products. Member companies of NCC account for more than 95 percent of the chicken sold in the United States.

Presentation: Inside the Beltway: Industry Advocates Discuss the Politics of Policy for Meat and Poultry


Andrew Bailey

Andrew Bailey

Science & Technology Legal Counsel
National Pork Producers Council

Andrew Bailey is the Science & Technology Legal Counsel for the National Pork Producers Council. In this role, he represents the federal and global interests of 60,000 U.S. pork operations and manages advocacy for NPPC’s science and technology policies. These issue areas include animal welfare, animal heath, and food safety, among others.

Prior to joining NPPC, Andrew Bailey was an attorney with Siff & Associates, practicing regulatory and administrative law, with a focus on food and agriculture issues at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Prior to joining the Siff firm, he was the Scientific and Regulatory Affairs Manager at the National Turkey Federation, handling food safety, animal health and welfare, and environmental issues related to poultry production.

While working at NTF, Bailey attended the George Washington University Law School and joined the District of Columbia Bar. He received his bachelor’s degrees from Mississippi State University.

Presentation: Inside the Beltway: Industry Advocates Discuss the Politics of Policy for Meat and Poultry


Emily Hytha

Emily Hytha

Communications Director
House Committee on Agriculture

Emily Hytha is the communications director for the House Agriculture Committee Republicans under Ranking Member K. Michael Conaway, as well as communications director in Conaway’s personal office where she has served on staff for the past five years. In 2017, when Conaway was tapped to serve as the lead member of the House Intelligence Committee’s Russia probe, Hytha also ran point on communications for the fourteen month-long investigation.

Previously, Hytha served as then-Congressman Cory Gardner’s Communications Director during his 2014 Senate victory and prior to that, held the position of Communications Director for the Congressional Western Caucus. Hytha was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in political science from George Washington University.

Presentation: Stories of Congressional Flacks: A Panel of Key House and Senate Communicators and How They Contribute to Policymaking


Ed Frank

Sr. Director, Policy Communications
NCBA

Ed Frank is the Senior Director of Policy Communications for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.

Ed started his political communications career on Capitol Hill, working as a legislative assistant for U.S. Congressman Jimmy Duncan, then as press secretary and communications for director for Congressman Van Hilleary – both of Tennessee. He has also held senior communications positions with the National Federation of Independent Business and Americans for Prosperity, and he served as spokesman for U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao in President George W. Bush’s Administration. Prior to joining NCBA, Ed ran his own communications consulting business for eight years.

Ed graduated from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville with a double major in journalism and political science. He was raised in Winchester, Tennessee.

Presentation: Stories of Congressional Flacks: A Panel of Key House and Senate Communicators and How They Contribute to Policymaking



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To facilitate open dialogue, access to the sessions has been closed to the press. We appreciate the support of our trade press and are happy to work with our media partners to facilitate interviews where available. For any questions, please contact Sarah Little, Vice President of Communications, (202) 587-4263.