The Animal Agriculture Alliance will host its seventh Stakeholders Summit April 8-9, 2008 at the Sheraton Crystal City Hotel in Arlington, Virginia. The 1 1/2-day conference is entitled ''Animal Welfare: Building Bridges Across the Food Chain.”

This Summit hosts experts like former Congressman Charlie Stenholm, agricultural leaders like Murphy Brown's Don Butler and grocery industry leaders like Frank DiPasquale of the National Grocers Association. The Summit's goal is to build bridges across the food chain to develop solutions that can be implemented to address the challenging issues of animal welfare, the prudent use of antibiotics, environmental concerns and public health.

The Summit will feature a multitude of prominent speakers from across the food chain - including individual farmers, leading legal experts, issue management specialists, legislative leaders and other top professionals in their fields.

''Food production companies, food processors, restaurants and retailers - everyone involved in the food chain, in the USA and internationally - needs to examine the issues and take advantage of the network building opportunities that the Stakeholders Summit provides,'' says Kay Johnson-Smith, Executive Vice President of the Alliance.

A major focus of this year's Summit will be the effectiveness of industry-led animal welfare initiatives as compared to the unintended impacts that can come from government-driven legislation.

The Summit is targeted at mid- and senior-management of all companies involved in the food chain—including restaurants, grocery stores, farms, ranches, feedlots, processors of meat, milk and eggs and all others who are part of the global food chain.

For registration by March 10, 2008, the cost for attendance is $325 per person for Alliance members. After March 10, the cost is $375. For non-members, the registration fee is $375 prior to March 10, 2008, and then $425. Again in 2008, the Alliance will offer a special rate of $275 per person or $325 after March 10 for those in government or academia.

Hotel accommodations can be made with the Sheraton Crystal City for the special rate of $229 single/double. Hotel reservations must be made directly with the hotel by March 10, 2008 under the Animal Ag Alliance Summit block to receive this special rate by calling 1-888-627-8209.

Complete Summit registration and hotel information are available on the Alliance website. Registration for the Summit can also be made securely via the Alliance website at, or the registration form can be faxed to (703) 524-1921. Hotel reservations must be made directly with the Sheraton Crystal City by calling 1-888-627-8209.

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 or

Source: Animal Agriculture Alliance