The Animal Agriculture Alliance will host its sixth industry-wide Stakeholders Summit, ‘’Animal Welfare: Roadmaps to Successful Solutions,’’ scheduled for March 19-21, 2007, at the Sheraton Crystal City Hotel in Arlington, Va.

‘’Food producers, companies, food processors, restaurants and retailers — everyone involved in the U.S. and international food chain — need to examine solutions to the critical issues that this conference addresses,’’ explains Kay Johnson, the Alliance’s executive vice president. Previous summits have focused on enhancing cross-industry communication in debunking myths and misperceptions. This year’s format will work to move scientific messages to value-based messages and strategies that connect customers, communities and public officials. The goal is to encourage audience participation and outline solutions for animal welfare issues, the prudent use of antibiotics, environmental concerns and public health.

  • Featured speaker Lisa Elledge, senior manager at Wal-Mart, will discuss future directions in food from the retail perspective.
  • Ron DeHaven, DVM, administrator of USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, will discuss OIE Animal Welfare Standards and their potential impact.
  • Attorney Ricardo Solano, a federal prosecutor in the case against animal rights terrorists, will review federal investigators' progress against animal-rights extremists.
  • Jim Klinker, executive secretary of the Arizona Farm Bureau, will discuss Arizona Proposition 204 and what the state’s farmers and ranchers learned from the experience.

Other speakers will include farmers, researchers, anti-terrorism experts, issue specialists, legislative leaders and more.

The Summit is targeted at decision-makers at all levels of the agriculture and food chain, including policy makers and communicators.

Registration cost by Feb. 28 is $375 per person ($350 per person for multiples from the same organization). After that date, the costs are $425 and $400, respectively. There are special rates for those in government and academia. For more registration or hotel information, go to www.animalagalliance.org or call (703) 562-5160.