News Release

For Immediate Release

International Production & Processing Expo

Atlanta, Ga. - January 31, 2024


Contacts:
Victoria Broehm, 703.558.3579, vbroehm@afia.org, (AFIA)
Sarah Little, 202.587.4263, slittle@meatinstitute.org, (Meat Institute)
Kris Early, 678.514.1979, kearly@uspoultry.org, (USPOULTRY)

Reaching Achievable Sustainability Goals Key Topic at the Animal Agriculture Sustainability Summit

Sponsored by the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY), the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) and the Meat Institute, the annual Animal Agriculture Sustainability Summit brought together more than 125 attendees to hear the latest on how the meat, poultry and egg, animal feed and pork industries are advancing their sustainability programs. The summit was held during the International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE), taking place this week in Atlanta, Ga.

Frank Mitloehner, Ph.D., professor and air quality specialist in cooperative extension in the Department of Animal Science and director of the Clarity and Leadership for Environmental Awareness and Research (CLEAR) Center at the University of California, Davis, delivered the summit’s keynote address on “Sustainable Farming, Sustainable Future: How Livestock Can Be Part of a Climate Solution.” He discussed the impact of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, the expected increase in animal protein consumption and its effects, the need for more public and private funding, as well as the need for the development of a toolbox to identify solutions.  

“We know that methane is what matters in animal agriculture. If we understand it and manage it well, we can be part of the climate solution,” stated Dr. Mitloehner, as he noted the importance of methane reduction in agriculture’s sustainability journey.

Following Mitloehner’s keynote address, representatives of the meat, poultry and egg, animal feed and pork industries shared updates on their industry sustainability programs to advance their aspirations of producing more protein in a sustainable fashion. A common theme industry representatives shared included the need for communication across the animal agriculture industry to ensure sustainability goals can be reached and ensure companies can communicate their contributions effectively. Speakers included Ryan Bennett, executive director of the U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Poultry & Eggs and the International Poultry Welfare Alliance; Lara Moody, P.E., executive director of the Institute for Feed Education and Research; Eric Mittenthal, chief strategy officer at the Meat Institute; and Dr. Heather Fowler, director of producer and public health at The Pork Board.

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About IPPE
The International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) is a collaboration of three shows - International Feed Expo, International Meat Expo and the International Poultry Expo - representing the entire chain of protein production and processing. The event is sponsored by the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA), the Meat Institute and U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY).

About AFIA
Founded in 1909, the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA), based in Arlington, Va., is the world's largest organization devoted exclusively to representing the business, legislative and regulatory interests of the U.S. animal food industry and its suppliers. The organization's membership is comprised of more than 650 domestic and international companies that represent the total feed industry-manufacturers of commercial and integrated feed and pet food, ingredient suppliers, pharmaceutical companies, industry support and equipment manufacturers. AFIA members manufacture more than 75% of the feed and 70% of the non-grain ingredients used in the country. AFIA is also recognized as the leader on international industry developments and holds membership in the International Feed Industry Federation (IFIF).

About the Meat Institute
The Meat Institute is the leading voice for the meat and poultry industry. Formed from the 2015 merger of the American Meat Institute (AMI) and North American Meat Association (NAMA), the Institute has a rich, century-long history and provides essential member services including legislative, regulatory, scientific, international and public affairs representation. The Meat Institute's mission is to shape a public policy environment in which the meat and poultry industry can produce wholesome products safely, efficiently and profitably. Together, the Institute's members produce the vast majority of U.S. beef, pork, lamb and poultry and the equipment, ingredients and services needed for the highest quality products.

About USPOULTRY
U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY) is the All Feather Association progressively serving its poultry and egg members through research, education, communications and technical services. Founded in 1947, USPOULTRY is based in Tucker, Georgia.

Frank Mitloehner, Ph.D., professor and air quality specialist in cooperative extension in the Department of Animal Science and director of the Clarity and Leadership for Environmental Awareness and Research (CLEAR) Center at the University of California, Davis, speaking during the Animal Agriculture Sustainability Summit at the 2024 IPPE.

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