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U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue Confirmed for World Meat Congress

Published: Jan 26, 2018

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue will be a featured speaker at the 22nd World Meat Congress (WMC), taking place May 30-June 1, in Dallas, Texas. Perdue will address WMC participants on Thursday morning, May 31.

Perdue is a strong voice for trade in the Trump administration, stressing the importance of market access for U.S. agricultural exports and preserving the gains achieved through NAFTA and other free trade agreements. He also participated actively in the reintroduction of U.S. beef in China, including a media reception announcing U.S. beef’s arrival in the market and USMEF’s initial supermarket promotions.

“One of the advantages of hosting the WMC is that it provides an opportunity to showcase the U.S. agricultural model for industry leaders from across the globe,” said U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) CEO Emeritus Philip Seng. “We are very excited to have Secretary Perdue on the agenda, because he is such a strong advocate for U.S. producers and a true champion for trade. In addition, we look forward to hearing his insights on the Trump administration’s philosophy on trade and its approach to trade agreement negotiations.”

The WMC is the premier gathering of global red meat industry leaders. It is a biennial event, with the 2018 theme being “Trusting in Trade.” This year’s WMC, the first held in the United States in more than 20 years, is hosted by the International Meat Secretariat and USMEF.

Registration and lodging details, along with a preliminary agenda, are available from the WMC website. Registrations received by March 14 will qualify for the discounted early bird rate.

For USMEF members, the World Meat Congress will also serve as the annual USMEF Spring Conference. USMEF’s general session and beef, pork, exporter and feedgrain/oilseed meetings are scheduled for Wednesday, May 30, with the WMC commencing May 31. Members with questions may email Jackie Boubin or call her at 1-303-623-6328.

Information & Registration

Important Deadlines

Early Bird Registration Ends: March 14

Hotel Reservation Cut-off: May 4

Note: Hotel block may sell out prior to this date

Meeting Cancellation: April 30