Dr. Craig A Morris, deputy administrator of USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), Livestock and Seed Program  is slated to speak at the National Chicken Council’s 60th Annual Conference scheduled Wednesday, October 29-Thursday, October 30.  This year’s conference will be held at the Ritz-Carlton in downtown Washington.

Dr. Morris will discuss important issues affect the chicken industry and agriculture as a whole, including emerging issues with the school lunch program, special purchases, and animal welfare, among other topics. Dr. Morris has spent his entire professional career as a part of the meat and poultry industry.  Prior to joining the AMS Livestock and Seed Program as deputy administrator, he served as associate deputy administrator of the AMS Poultry Programs.  Earlier, he served as an assistant to the deputy administrator and an international marketing specialist for the AMS Livestock and Seed Program.  Apart from government service, Dr. Morris serves as the assistant vice president of food safety for Future Beef Operations in Arkansas City, Kansas, and as the manager of scientific and technical affairs for the American Meat Institute.

To hear Dr. Morris’ remarks, be sure to register for NCC’s October conference and join other senior executives from U.S. chicken processing companies and allied industries to address current legislative, political, regulatory, business, economic, and international trade issues affecting the industry.

To register, visit the conference website at www.nationalchickencouncil.org/conference/.  Click on “Register Now,” located on the right-hand side of the home page.  You will be asked to log in with your user name and passcode.  Your user name is your business email address on file with NCC.  If you do not remember your passcode, you can recover it via the log-in page.  If you need assistance, contact Maggie Ernst, NCC’s senior director of meetings & member services, via email at mernst@chickenusa.org.

Please note that the deadline to make hotel reservations at the Ritz-Carlton is October 7.  After that date, hotel accommodations cannot be guaranteed and discounted group rates will not be available.  Hotel room rates for the National Chicken Council are $385 per night, plus tax.  You can make hotel reservations online via www.nationalchickencouncil.org/conference.