Southwest Meat Association (SMA) is a leading meat and poultry trade organization representing packers and processors all over the United States. SMA is an organization created to make a difference for its members by initiating opportunities, resolving problems, and thus helping our member companies to earn a reasonable return on their investment.
SMA Leadership in Washington D.C.
In October, SMA joined up with 19 individuals representing SMA member companies (the biggest group to date!) and traveled to Washington D.C. for meetings with Congressmen and women and regulators. The group visited with the White House Office of Public Liaison for Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service officials, House Committee on Agriculture staff, Senate Agriculture Committee staff, House Judiciary Committee staff, and 14 individual congressional offices.
Topics included international trade, labor and immigration, reducing the regulatory burden on businesses, and the general business climate in which our industry operates. The group also received updates from FSIS on modernization efforts, labeling, foreign materials, pathogen testing/performance standards, and others.
“I have been participating on these trips for several years, and I believe this was our best, most productive to date. It really makes a difference for our elected officials to hear from us firsthand about the challenges we face. I would strongly encourage all members to consider attending these trips, because I truly believe through continued efforts over time, we can effect positive change for our industry.”- Jason Beyer of ABF Packing & SMA Chairman
12th Annual Mid-Year Conference
February 11-12, 2020
Sheraton Arlington ♦ Arlington, TX
More information coming soon.