Stakeholders Summit
May 7-8 | Virtual Summit

2020 Virtual Stakeholders Summit Agenda

THURSDAY, MAY 7TH 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM ET


Welcome from the Alliance: Connect

Natural: How Faith in Nature’s Goodness Leads to Harmful Fads, Unjust Laws and Flawed Science

Alan Levinovitz, PhD, Associate Professor of Religion, James Madison University

Conversations that Cultivate Trust: Staking Your Claim on the Plant-Based Plate Sponsored by Zoetis

Moderated by Tom Super, Senior Vice President of Communications, National Chicken Council
Nicole Rodriguez, RDN, Enjoy Food Enjoy Life
Cara Harbstreet, RD, Street Smart Nutrition
Allison Webster, PhD, RD, Director, Research and Nutrition Communications, International Food Information Council 


Building Links Along the Food Chain: Enhancing the Sustainability Conversation Sponsored by National Cattlemen's Beef Association

Moderated by Constance Cullman, President and CEO, American Feed Industry Association
Molly McAdams, PhD, retail advisor and Texas Cattle rancher, former vice president, HEB
Lee Bob Harper, DVM, Associate Director, Technical Services, Zoetis
Marianne Smith Edge, RDN, The AgriNutrition Edge

Can You Hear Me Now? How Agriculture Can Communicate on Animal Welfare

Candace Croney, PhD, Director, Center for Animal Welfare Science, Purdue University


5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Virtual Happy Hour Twitter Chat (using #AAA20)


FRIDAY, MAY 8TH 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM ET

Welcome from the Alliance

Securing the Future of Animal Ag: Understanding Activist Threats

Kay Johnson Smith, President and CEO, Animal Agriculture Alliance

Getting Prepared: Farm Security Advice

Jim Rovers, Senior Vice President, AFIMAC
Brianna Schroeder, Attorney, Janzen Agricultural Law
John Sancenito, President, INA, Inc.


Farmers on the Front Lines: Are They Prepared? Sponsored by Protect the Harvest

Marissa Hake, DVM, Veterinarian, aka Calf Vet
Ryan Valk, California Poultry and Almond Grower, aka California Farmer
Tara Vander Dussen, New Mexico Dairy Farmer, aka New Mexico Milkmaid
Michelle Miller, Iowa Sheep, Cattle and Crop Farmer, aka The Farm Babe

The Bridge to Trust: Understanding Confused Consumers 

Steve Lerch, Founder and President of Story Arc Consulting 

Summit Closing

2:00 PM Optional Virtual Networking Opportunity Separate registration required



Kicking off Thursday, April 30. Available only to registered Summit attendees.


Where's the Beef with Sustainability and Plant-Based Alternatives?

Sara Place, PhD, Chief Sustainability Officer, Elanco Animal Health

Connecting Around Sustainability: Where is Animal Ag Headed? Sponsored by the National Pork Producers Council

Claire Masker-King, Director of Sustainability Communications, National Pork Board
Karen Scanlon, Vice President, Sustainability Partnerships, Dairy Management Inc.
Ashley McDonald, Senior Director of Sustainability, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association
Ryan Bennett, Executive Director, U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Poultry and Eggs
Eric Mittenthal, Vice President of Sustainability, North American Meat Institute


Using New Tools: Measuring Consumer Opinions with Biometrics 

Tyler Davis, PhD, Assistant Professor, Psychological Sciences, Texas Tech University 
Rhonda Miller, PhD, Professor, Meat Science, Texas A&M University 
Jessica Meisinger, PhD, North American Sustainability Lead, Merck Animal Health

Science as a Tool to Address Animal Welfare 

Tim Kurt, DVM, PhD, Scientific Program Director, Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research 
Candace Croney, PhD, Director, Center for Animal Welfare Science, Purdue University
Karen Christensen, PhD, Senior Director, Animal Welfare, Tyson Foods

Building a Culture of Care Sponsored by Elanco Animal Health

Moderated by Michelle Calvo-Lorenzo, PhD, Chief Animal Welfare Officer, Elanco Animal Health
Robert Hagevoort, PhD, Associate Professor and Extension Dairy Specialist, New Mexico State University 
Josh Linde, Pig Farmer and General Manager, Heartland Region, The Maschhoffs
Max Irsik, Manager, Animal Agriculture, KCoe Isom



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