Staff

We’re an industry-united, nonprofit organization that helps bridge the communication gap between farm and fork. We connect key food industry stakeholders to arm them with responses to emerging issues. We engage food chain influencers and promote consumer choice by helping them better understand modern animal agriculture. We protect by exposing those who threaten our nation’s food security with damaging misinformation.

Our motto is simple: Connect, Engage, Protect.

Small but mighty: We’re a nimble, dedicated team championing our mission every day.

If you'd like to have one of us speak at your meeting, check out our speakers bureau for topics each of us can talk about!

Kay Johnson Smith

President and CEO

"Our duty is to be honest, be truthful, and be factual in the representation of the issues we deal with."

Hannah Thompson-Weeman

Vice President of Communications

"I am proud to be working on behalf of farmers and ranchers to communicate their passion for the work they do to care for their livestock and produce high-quality, wholesome food products."

Allyson Jones-Brimmer

Director of Membership

"I'm committed to getting to know our current members and growing our membership so we can do even more to support America's hardworking livestock and poultry farmers."

Casey Whitaker

Communications Manager

"It is an honor to share the stories of farmers and ranchers caring for their animals every day."

Morgan Hawley

Project Manager, College Aggies Online

"I really enjoy working with tomorrow's leaders in agriculture through College Aggies Online!"

Naajiya Williams

Administrative Assistant

"I’m excited to help the team focus on its mission and reach new heights."

Where's the Alliance this Month?

International Production and Processing Expo
January 30 – February 1
Atlanta, GA – Kay Johnson Smith, Allyson Jones-Brimmer and Naajiya Williams attending
Come see us at booth B8869!
 
Cattle Industry Convention and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Trade Show
January 31 – February 2
Phoenix, AZ – Casey Whitaker attending  
 
The Truth: Ag, Animal Welfare
February 9
Modesto, CA – Hannah Thompson-Weeman speaking  
 
MidAtlantic Women in Agriculture Regional Conference
February 8-9
Dover, DE – Kay Johnson Smith speaking
 
Mississippi Cattlemen’s Association Convention
February 9 – 10
Jackson, MS – Allyson Jones-Brimmer speaking
 
National Pork Board Swine Welfare Committee Meeting
February 15
Des Moines, IA – Kay Johnson Smith Speaking
 
Iowa Corn District 4 Annual Meeting and Banquet
February 15
Des Moines, IA – Kay Johnson Smith Speaking
 
National Aquaculture Association Board Meeting and Aquaculture Welfare Session
February 19 – 21
Las Vegas, NV – Hannah Thompson-Weeman speaking
 
National Turkey Federation Annual Convention
February 22 – 24
San Diego, CA – Kay Johnson Smith attending
 
National Egg Regulatory Officials Meeting
February 26 – 27
Seattle, WA – Casey Whitaker speaking
 
International Livestock Congress
February 28 – March 1 
Houston, TX – Hannah Thompson-Weeman speaking

Job/Internship Postings

Alliance Internships: We are currently accepting applications for an intern for the fall of 2018. Candidates should have a passion for agriculture, willingness to learn, and excellent oral and written communications skills. Interested candidates, please complete the online application form

Fall application deadline: July 15, 2018

Board

Our board members are the visible embodiment of our commitment to change and improvement. It is through their desire and dedication, to the entire animal agriculture community—and the Animal Agriculture Alliance—that we are able to achieve our goals and effect real change.

Terry Wehrkamp

Chairman of the Board
Cooper Farms

Sarah Novak

Chair-Elect
American Feed Industry Association

Chase Adams

American Sheep Industry Association

Adnan Aydin, Ph.D

American Veal Association

Tera Barnhardt, DVM

Cattle Empire, LLC

Cliff Becker

Farm Journal Media

Pete Block

Hy-Line North America

Joel Brandenberger

National Turkey Federation

Jeff Cannon

Diamond V

Ashley DeDecker, Ph.D

Smithfield

Ed Frank

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association

Jer Geiger, DVM

Genus PIC

Chad Gregory

United Egg Producers

Robert Hagevoort, Ph.D

New Mexico State University

Dallas Hockman

National Pork Producers Council

Casey Hushon

Charleston|Orwig

Christina Lood

Zoetis

Katelyn McCullock

American Farm Bureau Federation

Suniti Mujumdar

Alltech

Ann Nogan

American National CattleWomen, Inc.

Colleen Parr Decker

Elanco Animal Health

Adam Proctor

Potash Corp.

Aaron Putze

Iowa Soybean Association

Dave Pyburn, DVM

National Pork Board

Marc Reiner

United Soybean Board

Janet Riley

North American Meat Institute

Rafael Rivera

U.S. Poultry and Egg Association

Tom Super

National Chicken Council

Judson Vasconcelos, DVM, Ph.D

Merck Animal Health

Kimber Ward

Bayer Animal Health

Josh Winegarner

Texas Cattle Feeders Association

Derek Yancey

Morning Fresh Farms

Members

The Alliance with its members are interested in helping consumers better understand the role animal agriculture plays in providing a safe, abundant food supply to a hungry world. Our membership is comprised of hundreds of individuals, companies and associations who share an enthusiasm, passion and commitment to protecting animal agriculture and preserving consumer choice in the marketplace.

Member Spotlight

The American Dairy Association North East (ADANE) is the regional checkoff organization representing more than 12,000 dairy farm families in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware and northern Virginia. Committed to nutrition education and research-based communications, ADANE provides science-based nutrition information to, and in collaboration with, a variety of stakeholders dedicated to fostering a healthier nation, including health professionals, educators, school nutrition directors, academia, industry, consumers and media. For more information, visit americandairy.com.  

Events

Our annual Stakeholders Summit connects industry stakeholders to engage about ways to protect the future of animal agriculture! If you are interested in being a Summit sponsor, contact Allyson Jones-Brimmer at ajonesbrimmer@animalagalliance.org.

2018 Stakeholders Summit

May 3-4, 2018, Arlington, VA.

Register for our Stakeholders Summit! 

Other Upcoming Events

Click here for a comprehensive listing.

Accomplishments

"The Alliance is about doing the right thing, and doing it right now,"
Kay Johnson Smith, President and CEO

Here are just a few of the Alliance’s most recent accomplishments. For more, view our 2017 annual report or ask any Alliance staff member for more details.

Connect

The Alliance’s 2017 Stakeholders Summit, themed “Connect to Protect Animal Ag,” was the largest Summit yet with more than 260 attendees. The 2018 Summit is set for May 3-4 in Arlington, VA!

We connect industry stakeholders via our Issues Management Committee and Supply Channel Subcommittee to discuss emerging issues in animal agriculture and plan strategic responses. 

The Alliance's 2017 College Aggies Online scholarship competition aimed at helping college students become confident communicators on behalf of agriculture. The 300 participants represented 43 different states and students generated more than 3,400 social media posts reaching 4.4 million people. 

Engage

In 2017, the Alliance was mentioned in more than 300 stories in trade publications and the mainstream media.

Alliance staff delivered 56 presentations across the United States and Canada last year.

We reached 7.2 million people on Facebook and 2 million people on Twitter last year.

The Animal Ag Engage Blog reached more than 56,000 views in 2017.

Protect

The Farm Security Mobile App is being downloaded by Alliance members. The app includes farm security recommendations developed in conjunction with law enforcement and anti-terrorism specialists, as well as crisis management, employer resources, action alerts and much more!

The Alliance gets the inside scoop on animal rights activist group strategies by attending their meetings and monitoring their use of media and social media. We keep our members informed via Member Updates and Action Alerts.

We updated more than 90 activist group profile reports with information about acitivst groups' missions, connections and quotes revealing their true agendas. 

The “Truth, Lies and Videotape” database is continually updated with undercover videos from the past 20 years.