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National Institute for Animal Agriculture Opens Registration for the 2022 Annual Conference

National Institute for Animal Agriculture Opens Registration for the 2022 Annual Conference

Animal agriculture leaders are prepared to meet the needs of a changing world where transparency and earning consumer trust is an ongoing priority

Kansas City, Mo. (February 9, 2022) — The National Institute for Animal Agriculture (NIAA) has opened registration for the 2022 Annual Conference in Kansas City, Missouri from April 20-22. Join fellow animal agriculture leaders at the opening reception for a chef-guided meal that explores the effects genetics, feed ingredients, production practices, and more have on the farm-to-table eating experience. Space is limited to the first 50 registrants.

Whether it’s securing protein for all, sustainably producing protein, or innovatively meeting the needs of many, there is never a shortage of critical topics to address. The 2022 NIAA Annual Conference, Producing Protein for a Food Insecure & Uncertain World – Leading Food Security, Sustainable Production, and Innovation, will convene leaders in animal agriculture as we explore, discuss, and develop solutions to industry challenges.

“Animal agriculture leaders are prepared to meet the needs of a changing world. Transparency is increasingly important while earning and maintaining consumer trust is an ongoing priority,” said Chelsea Good, Livestock Marketing Association, NIAA board member, and Annual Conference planning committee member.

Annual Conference will feature dynamic keynote speakers as we seek collaboration and solutions with our colleagues from across the food system. Panelists will include experts in disruptive innovation, food security, animal agriculture policy, sustainable production, industry collaboration and more. Confirmed speakers, panelists and moderators include:

  • Diana Kander, JD – Kansas City native, keynote speaker, New York Times best-selling author and innovation expert
  • Lamar Steiger – ranch management consultant, board member of FoodCap New Zealand, and trusted beef innovation advisor to Wal-Mart and ABS Global
  • Janette Barnard, MBA – Merck Animal Health, Prime Futures
  • Nevil Speer, PhD – Where Food Comes From, Inc.
  • Kelly Loganbill – Midan Marketing
  • Chelsea Good, JD – Livestock Marketing Association

To register, view the full agenda and reserve a room at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown for the 2022 Annual Convention, please visit www.AnimalAgriculture.org. Virtual attendance is an option for those unable to travel. Early bird rates are active through March 1, 2022. For assistance, please contact Morgan Young, Director of Communications and Outreach for the National Institute for Animal Agriculture at morgan.young@animalagriculture.org.



About the National Institute for Animal Agriculture

The National Institute for Animal Agriculture (NIAA) is a non-profit organization focused on advancing and advocating for animal agriculture. The organization’s mission is to convene animal agriculture experts and allies in collaborative settings to explore, discuss, learn, and develop knowledge that fosters interdisciplinary cooperation for the improvement and continuous progress of animal agriculture. Learn more about NIAA at www.animalagriculture.org.

NIAA Selects Inaugural Cohort for New Leadership Program

National Institute for Animal Agriculture Selects Inaugural Cohort for New Leadership Program

Ambassadors for the Advanced Training for Animal Agriculture Leaders to advance animal agriculture will meet in February.

Manhattan, Kans., Feb. 3, 2022 – The inaugural class participating in the National Institute for Animal Agriculture’s (NIAA) Advanced Training for Animal Agriculture Leaders have been selected and will convene Feb. 8-10, 2022.

NIAA is providing an opportunity for emerging leaders in agriculture to gain next-level leadership and professional development training specifically focused on the animal agriculture segment of the industry. Advanced Training for Animal Agriculture Leaders is sponsored by the United Soybean Board and was created by NIAA to empower professionals in the early to midpart of their careers to build on previous leadership development experiences and collaborate with peers across the industry.

The 16-month program, concluding with a capstone project, combines five in-person meetings with additional virtual working sessions and focuses on four areas of development: critical thinking, leadership development, connecting and relating skills, and operational excellence.

“Part of NIAA’s mission is to foster collaboration and cooperation throughout the industry, and we intentionally developed this program to build upon existing leadership experiences, so professionals advance their leadership and, specifically, collaboration skills,” said Kevin Maher, NIAA Chairman of the Board. “We are excited to offer this opportunity as it’s an essential part of advancing our efforts in exploring, discussing, learning and developing knowledge for continuous progress in animal agriculture.”

The inaugural cohort represents a range of agricultural sectors to advance animal agriculture’s role in today’s food system. They are:

  • Rebecca Barnett, National Association of State Departments of Agriculture
  • Tera Barnhardt, Animal Welfare Consulting & Research, LLC
  • Pierce Bennett, Livestock Marketing Association
  • Kaitlyn Briggs, Dairy Management, Inc.
  • Ryan Goodman, Beef Runner
  • Todd Hanten, Hanten’s Dairy, Inc.
  • Katherine Harrison, Harrison Farms
  • Michelle Hiscocks, Iowa State University Department of Animal Science
  • Madison Hopcia, Upstate Niagara Cooperative
  • Josh Luth, Innovation Center for US Dairy
  • Karaline Mayer, Kansas Department of Agriculture Division of Animal Health
  • Eric Moore, Norbrook, Inc.
  • Alaina Sill, Seaboard Foods
  • Hayley Springer, Pennsylvania State University
  • Reginald Strickland, Strickland Farming Group

“With checkoff support to grow leaders, we are confident this program will serve as an applied learning experience to put their new leadership skills into action,” said Ed Lammers, Health & Nutrition Coordinator for the United Soybean Board, and farmer from Hartington, Neb.

To learn more about the program, its sponsors, and how to participate in the next cohort, visit https://www.animalagriculture.org/leadership-program/.