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Ted McKinney from USDA will join us Thursday afternoon to share "Agriculture's Roots in Washington."

Ted McKinney serves as the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs. Under Secretary McKinney leads the development and implementation of the Department’s trade policy, oversees and facilitates foreign market access, and promotes opportunities for U.S. agriculture through various trade programs and high-level government negotiations.

In 2014, McKinney was appointed by then-Governor Mike Pence to serve as Director of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture, a position he held until joining USDA in 2017. His career also included 19 years with Dow AgroSciences and 14 years with Elanco, where he was director of global corporate affairs. His industry and civic involvement has included service on the National FFA Convention Local Organizing Committee, Indiana State Fair Commission, and Purdue College of Agriculture Dean’s Advisory Council, as well as on the boards of directors of the International Food Information Council, the U.S. Meat Export Federation, and International Federation of Animal Health.

Expert panels to discuss animal rights activism

Two expert panels will explore how the animal rights movement is impacting farmers, ranchers and the agriculture industry.

The first panel includes:

  • Jason Roesler, director of public affairs at Fur Commission USA
  • Nicole Drumhiller, PhD, program director of intelligence studies at American Military University

They will discuss the threat of radical animal rights extremism. Roesler and Drumhiller conducted a mixed-methods study with members of the North American fur industry to examine the levels of fear and violence which ranchers, wholesalers, retailers and allied industries have faced at their homes and businesses. This panel will talk about the project and its findings, how other agricultural industries can do the same, and how these findings will assist with law enforcement and policy makers.

 The second panel share lessons learned about responding to activist tactics. This panel will feature:

Scott Sobel, senior vice president of crisis and litigation communications at kglobal

Bryan Humphreys, executive vice president at Ohio Pork Council

Jamie Jonker, PhD, vice president of sustainability and scientific affairs at National Milk Producers Federation

Dallas Hockman, vice president of industry relations with National Pork Producers Council, panel moderator

The animal agriculture industry is resilient and always evolving, but animal rights extremism is a threat farmers and ranchers constantly face. The Alliance is excited to hear from these two panels on how farmers, ranchers and food industry stakeholders can be prepared for animal rights activity and what to do if it comes to their farm, store or company.

Time is running out!

The Stakeholders Summit is next week!! Online registration closes Tuesday, May 1, so register soon! To register, visit animalagalliance.org/summit.

Be sure to check the Summit website for the most up-to-date Summit information. You can also follow the hashtags #AAA18 and #ProtectYourRoots for updates about the event. For general questions about the Summit please contact [email protected] or call (703) 562-5160.

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