Pork producers are familiar with Joy Philippi as a past president of Nebraska Pork Producers Association or the National Pork Producers Council’s president in 2006.

Now, the American Meat Institute has hired Philippi to serve as its vice president of legislative affairs. In that capacity, she will handle a variety of issues before Congress and the Obama administration, including those surrounding the meat industry, the environment and animal welfare.

As NPPC president, Philippi developed and promoted positions on issues affecting the U.S. swine industry, including being a strong voice in support of USDA’s National Animal Identification System. She served as spokesperson for the industry in dealings with Congress and federal agency officials.

Among her specific tasks while on NPPC’s board, she was co-chair of the organization’s Farm Bill task force and advocated its passage to Congress.

Philippi also is owner and manager of Pine Alley LLC, a swine production facility near Lincoln, Neb.

In other staff changes at AMI, the group also announced the promotion of Matthew Mika to senior director of legislative affairs from senior legislative assistant for agricultural issues. Rosie Levine was promoted to the manager of convention and exposition services.

Source: AMI