USMEF Strategic Planning Conference
New Registration

Register now to attend USMEF's Strategic Planning Conference, November 8-10, 2023 at the Sheraton Hotel in New Orleans. 

The agenda will feature an in-depth look at USMEF marketing initiatives and priorities, including insights into the partnerships that help maximize the impact of members’ investments in USMEF programs. Joining this discussion will be keynote speaker Alexis Taylor, USDA under secretary for trade and foreign agricultural affairs, who will address attendees at Wednesday’s opening general session.

Guest speakers also include Jim Wiesemeyer, a journalist well-known for his unparalleled insights on farm and trade policy. Wiesemeyer will examine the challenges Congressional leaders face in crafting a new farm bill and achieving a FY 2024 budget agreement in a volatile political climate.

Thursday is dedicated to meetings of USMEF’s standing committees, where members will receive sector-specific updates from industry experts and USMEF’s international staff. These sessions will be followed by a tour of the Port of New Orleans and Lineage Logistics cold storage facilities. (Update: The tour is sold out and no longer available).

Friday’s closing business session will feature a discussion of how red meat exporters’ shipping patterns and options have evolved in recent years and offer perspectives on these issues moving forward. West Coast port congestion and labor unrest prompted significant shifts in cargo movement, but can the West Coast win back this business? Lack of trucking capacity created new opportunities to move red meat by rail – will this trend have staying power? Panelists will also provide updates on implementation of the Ocean Shipping Reform Act, which Congress approved in 2022.

Friday’s agenda will also include election of the 2023-24 USMEF officer team.

The Sheraton New Orleans hotel, located on Canal Street, is only steps away from the buzz of the French Quarter and in close proximity to the Warehouse District. World-class attractions and a vast array of restaurants are just a short walk away. 

Register soon, Wednesday, October 11 is the last day to receive the discounted rate!

If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities, please email John Hinners, senior vice president, industry relations or Jackie Boubin, vice president, operations or call 303.623.6328.

Meeting Questions?
Jackie Boubin
USMEF Vice President, Operations

The U.S. Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination in its programs on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital or familial status.