Register online to be among the leaders from the food and farm sectors who will meet May 1-2 in Arlington, Va., and discuss ways to protect and grow the animal agriculture industry in the future at the Animal Agriculture Alliance's 12th annual Stakeholders Summit.

The event will include a panel discussion on the Hallmark/Westland Meat Packing Co. undercover video and subsequent recall.

Former Under-Secretary for the Food Safety and Inspection Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Dr. Richard Raymond, as well as former food safety consultant at the Hallmark/Westland Meat Packing Co., Steve Sayer, will share their insights into the Hallmark/Westland Co. and mistakes made, the subsequent recall, the use of undercover videos and lessons learned five years later.

The summit's theme, "Activists at the Door: Protecting Animals, Farms, Food & Consumer Confidence," will feature discussions on the crucial issues facing the future of the animal agriculture industry, from animal rights activism to current legislation.

Joe Miller, general counsel for Rose Acre Farms will share with the audience his perspective on the importance of Farm Protection, so-termed "Ag Gag," legislation, and provide an overview of the various bills currently being considered by approximately eight state legislatures.


Other speakers include Charles Penry of Tyson Foods; Janet Riley of the American Meat Institute; John Simpson, the attorney for Feld Entertainment; Greg Peterson, of the Peterson Farm Brothers Parodies; and other guests from the media and various industry organizations.

Registration materials are available online.

The summit will be held at The Westin Arlington Gateway hotel in Arlington, Va. Visit the hotel's website or call +1.703.717.6200 to reserve a room today.

Event sponsors currently include the U.S. Poultry and Egg Association, Murphy-Brown, Farm Credit, Provimi North America, Merck Animal Health, Zoetis, Hy-Line, American Feed Industry Association, Bayer Animal Health, United Soybean Board, Alltech, National Cattlemen's Beef Association, National Pork Board, National Pork Producers Council, Diamond V, Aviagen, Genus/PIC/ABS, United Egg Producers, WATT, Cactus Feeders, Brakke Consulting, Kemin, Agri Beef, Seaboard Foods, National Association of Farm Broadcasting, Protect the Harvest, Elanco Animal Health and the Potash Corp.