The Animal Agriculture Alliance, of which NMPF is a long-time member, works to connect stakeholders across the food chain, educate the public about agriculture’s importance, and protect consumer choice. Headquartered in Arlington, VA, the Alliance’s membership is diverse and includes national agriculture associations, agricultural businesses, animal health companies, other allied stakeholders, veterinarians, animal behaviorists, as well as individual farmers and ranchers. NMPF has provided support to the Alliance for 24 years.
Today, the Alliance actively defends the future of American animal agriculture by providing science-based resources and promoting the truth about activist organizations. Recent efforts include providing members with intelligence from activist conferences, coordinating a coalition response to the ongoing Meatless Monday campaign, and a new online legislative tracker tool that monitors state legislation. The Alliance also partnered with Miss America 2011 Teresa Scanlan in October 2011 to launchwww.realfarmersrealfood.com to celebrate American agriculture.
The Alliance’s Adopt-a-Teacher program provides agriculture resources to teachers in urban areas grades K-12, and its scholarship competition College Aggies Online empowers college students to advocate for agriculture using social media.
In order to connect stakeholders, the Alliance hosted its eleventh annual Stakeholder’s Summit to explore the theme of “Real Farmers Real Food: Celebrating Tradition and Technology.” About 200 industry leaders from across the food chain attended the event, which featured 16 dynamic speakers who encouraged attendees to embrace transparency with consumers and the media. For more information about the Alliance, visitwww.animalagalliance.org.
In the photo: Alliance Chairman Dr. Chris Ashworth (left) presents an award to Jamie Jonker, NMPF's Vice President of Scientific & Regulatory Affairs, in recognition of NMPF’s longtime support.