“Animal Welfare Initiatives, Needs, Regulation and Communication: Building on the Past, Preparing for the Future,” will be the topic of the Animal Agriculture Alliance’s fourth industry-wide Stakeholders Summit. The event is set for March 21–23, at the Marriott Crystal City Hotel in Arlington,Va.

This year’s Summit will focus on animal-welfare issues and the importance to all food-chain stakeholders.  Speakers from livestock production, food retailers, processing, research, USDA and the media will present new and innovative ideas being implemented today.

Featured speakers include:

  • Dennis Treacy, vice-president of public affairs for  Smithfield Foods: A common-sense approach to dealing with activists.
  • Hafez Mohamed Hafez, director of poultry diseases at the Free University of Berlin: Lessons learned from legislating animal welfare within the European Union.
  • Bill Thomson, reporter, Oster Dow Jones: Gaining media trust and the factors that can impact a group’s ability to gain it.
  • Aaron Putze, executive director and public relations officer, Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers: Building local alliances to combat locally targeted initiatives.

Event sponsors include Vance Publishing’s Food Systems Group, ADM Animal Nutrition, Brakke Consulting, Rabobank, National Pork Board, United Egg Producers and the American Veal Association.

Registration by Feb. 29, costs $375 per person, or $350 per person for multiple attendees from the same organization. After Feb. 29, the costs are $425 and $400 respectfully.

Hotel reservations must be made by Feb. 29, 2004, in the Animal Ag Alliance Summit block to receive the special $159 rate at the Marriott Crystal City.

Summit registration, program and other information is available at www.animalagalliance.org. All registrations must be submitted in advance of the conference. For additional information regarding the Summit, contact the Animal Agriculture Alliance at (703) 562-5160.