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The Importance of Livestock Production and Animal Protein: the Western Hemisphere Perspective

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In colaboration with the United States Dairy Export Council (USDEC) this Webinar will bring together expert perspectives from throughout the Western Hemisphere to debate some of the most pressing issues facing livestock production. The symposium will add to the body of knowledge illustrating the important role of animal production and animal protein in sustainable food systems. In addition to expert presentations, facilitated discussions with panelists will be offered to enhance audience interaction. The programing will be held in English with simultaneous interpretation to Spanish and Portuguese.

The expert presentations and comments from the audience will be compiled into a publication to be edited by IICA. The symposium will be webcast over two days — October 20-21—with six thematic sections. Internationally renowned experts will share their experiences, research and perspectives in the following thematic areas:

  1. Sustainable Production: This thematic session will feature expert commentary on the drivers, opportunities and consequences of the food systems approach for animal production and animal-sourced foods. Particular attention will be placed on the upcoming UN Food Systems Summit. Sector specific initiates to enhance sustainable production will also be presented, including U.S. dairy environmental commitments and responsible practices for beef production.
  2. Nutritional and Health Implications of Animal Protein: The important role of animal protein in a healthy, balanced diet will be explored in this thematic session. This includes unpacking the sometimes contradictory and often confusing advice about consuming animal-sourced foods. Experts will present on recent recommendations about dairy consumption presented in the U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans Scientific Report as well as scientific knowledge about meat consumption and health.
  3. Farmer Perspectives & Priorities: This thematic session will illustrate the contributions of science-based animal care practices to helping producers feed the world sustainably, and the pride they take in contributing to global food security. Experts will discuss the intrinsic link between healthy animals, sustainable production and profitability.
  4. Innovation, Research and Development to Support Sustainable Production: The session will explore the importance of developing and evaluating new technologies, tools and innovations to aid producers in producing more food for more people using less resources and at a lower cost. A central tenant underlying progress will be the importance of science and data driving decision-making, adoption and new best practice. Advances in animal nutrition and genetics will be featured.
  5. Socio Economic Development and Livestock Farming in the Americas: The social and economic importance of livestock production in the Western Hemisphere will be examined in this thematic session. Experts will present both on the importance of livestock production to support economic development in rural communities as well as the role of international trade governed by science-based standards in helping farmers access new markets and produce safe foods.
  6. Consumer Perceptions of Livestock Farming: Enhancing Understanding Now and in the Future - This last thematic session will provide strategies and tools for the livestock sector to enhance understanding and trust with consumers. At a time when consumers concerns about livestock production is often stoked by organizations that advocate a plant-only diet, it is essential that livestock producers focus on connecting with consumers. Priority will be placed on how to communicate about themes of greatest interest and how to better tell the story of the contributions of animal agriculture to sustainable food systems.



  • To share current scientific knowledge and expert perspectives on the important role of animal production and animal protein in a sustainable food system.
  • To explore opportunities and challenges for the future.


Target Audience:

  • Government officials, industry representatives, farmers, academia, members of civil society and media operators from IICA Member Countries.


Date - Time Activity Speakers
Tuesday, 20 October - 9:00 a.m. (Costa Rica Time) Opening Session / Remarks Manuel Otero, Director General, IICA; Tom Vilsack, President & CEO, U.S. Dairy Export Council; Fritz Schneider, President, Global Agenda for Sustainable Livestock.
9:15 a.m. – 09:40 a.m. Sustainable Food Systems—Designing and Implementing an Approach that Transcends Sectors and National Boundaries Donald Moore, Executive Director, Global Dairy Platform.
9:40 a.m. – 10:05 a.m. Dairy Net Zero: Scaling Up to Meet Responsible Production Krysta Harden, Executive Vice President - Global Environmental Strategy, Dairy Management Inc. Chief Operating Officer, U.S. Dairy Export Council.
10:05 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Livestock Farming and Deforestation: Responsible Practices and Reasonable Metrics to Enhance Understanding Fernando Sampaio, Executive Director- Produce, Conserve, Include (PCI).
10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Questions and answers IICA Moderator
10:45 a.m. – 11:10 a.m. The Role of Dairy in Healthy Dietary Patterns: Towards a Holistic Approach to Dietary Guidance Greg Miller, Global Chief Science Officer, National Dairy Council.
11:10 a.m. – 11:35 a.m. Meat Consumption and Health: A Detailed Look at Scientific Consensus North American Meat Institute KatieRose McKullough, Director of regulatory and scientific affairs at the North American Meat Institute.
11:35 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Questions and answers IICA Moderator
11:45 a.m. – 12:10 p.m. Animal Care: Healthier Animals and Increased Production Michelle Sarah Calvo-Lorenzo, Chief Animal Welfare Officer, Elanco.
12: 10 p.m. – 12:35 p.m. Taking Pride in Feeding the World: A look at How the Americas Contribute to Global Food Security Justin Ransom, Senior Director, Sustainable Food Strategy, Tyson Foods.
12:35 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. Questions and answers IICA Moderator
12:45 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Concluding Remarks and Summary of Session 1 Lloyd Day – Deputy Director - IICA.
Wednesday 21 October - 9:00 a.m. (Costa Rica Time) Opening Session / Remarks Ted McKinney, Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs, United States Department of Agriculture; Marcello Brito President, Brazilian Agribusiness Association (ABAG), and Caio Penido, President, Grupo de Trabajo para la Pecuaria Sostenible (GTPS - Brasil).
09:05 a.m. – 09:30 a.m. Sustainability and Innovation: The Essential Link Between Profitability and Sustainability in the Americas Frank Mitloehner, Professor and Air Quality Extension Specialist, Department of Animal Science, UC Davis.
09:30 a.m. – 09:55 a.m. Harnessing Technology in Livestock Production: The Future of Genetics Elena Rice, Genus.
09:55 a.m. – 10:20 a.m. Harnessing Technology in Livestock Efficiency: The Future of Animal Nutrition Antonio Mario Penz, Global Director of Strategic Accounts, Cargill Animal Nutrition.
10:20 a.m. – 10:35 a.m. Questions and answers IICA Moderator
10:35 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. The Role of Animal Production in Rural Development and Attaining SDG 8, “Decent Work and Economic Growth” Rodrigo Lima, Director General - Agroicone.
11:00 a.m. – 11:25 a.m. International Trade in Animal Products: Harnessing Codex and OIE Standards to Drive Development Anneke Hamilton, SPS Section, Agriculture and Commodities Division, World Trade Organization.
11:25 a.m. – 11:35 a.m. Questions and answers IICA Moderator
11:35 a.m. – 12:05 p.m. Reconnecting Modern Consumers with Farming: How to Increase Understanding Between Farmers, their Customers, and their Critics Charlie Arnot, CEO, Center for Food Integrity.
12:05 p.m. – 12:20 p.m. Questions and answers IICA Moderator
12:20 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. Concluding Remarks and Summary of Session 2 Lloyd Day – Deputy Director - IICA.


Day 1 - Opening Session / Remarks:

Day 2 - Opening Session / Remarks:


Live Transmission

Day 1: The Importance of Livestock Production and Animal Protein: the Western Hemisphere Perspective.

Day 2: The Importance of Livestock Production and Animal Protein: the Western Hemisphere Perspective.