The Animal Agriculture Alliance's eleventh annual stakeholder's summit addressed bridging the urban-rural divide to help the average consumer understand today's agricultural practices, emphasizing the importance of sharing agriculture with the general public.

The two-day event, held on May 2 and May 3, had a theme of "Real farmers real food: Celebrating tradition and technology," and allowed people to come face-to-face with modern farm practices while providing them the opportunity to get their questions answered straight from the farmer. “To me, the most moving part of this project was helping our producers feel empowered,” said Chris Herr of PennAg Industries. Speakers also emphasized the need to "open up the barn doors" to the media, focusing on building relationships with reporters through open, honest communication.


Event sponsors included U.S. Poultry and Egg Association, Farm Credit, Vance Publishing Corporation, Murphy-Brown, LLC.,Elanco, Provimi North America, Inc., Pfizer Animal Health, Merck Animal Health, Hy-Line, American Feed Industry Association, National Pork Producers Council, United Soybean Board, Alltech, Inc., Diamond V Mills, Inc.,  Aviagen Group, Potash Corp., Genus Americas,  American Veal Association, Bayer Animal Health, Cactus Feeders, Inc., National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, National Pork Board , Brakke Consulting, Kemin Industries, United Egg Producers, Watt Agribusiness Media, AgriBeef Co., Tractor Supply, The Poultry Federation, Marcho Farms, and National Farm Broadcasting Association.