Commerce Secretary Gutierrez to Speak at IFE/IPE 2008

28 Dec 2007

by: Rex A. Runyon

ARLINGTON, VA.—U. S. Department of Commerce Secretary Carlos M. Gutierrez will speak at the American Feed Industry Association’s (AFIA) International Feed Expo, and U.S. Poultry & Egg Association’s International Poultry Expo on Jan. 24, 2008 in Atlanta, Ga.  His presentation, “Keeping our Economy Strong through International Trade” is slated for 10:30 a.m. in C102 of the Georgia World Congress Center. It will focus on economic concerns, free trade agreements, and the farm bill.

AFIA President Joel Newman said, “We are very pleased to welcome Secretary Gutierrez to one of the world’s foremost agricultural events. AFIA has traditionally maintained a fast-paced international agenda on behalf of the feed industry, addressing a variety of World Trade Organization issues, trade pacts with several countries and most recently, the safety of imported ingredients.  The Secretary’s perspective on these and related issues, as well as interaction with attendees, will add to our overall Expo programs appeal.”

U.S. Poultry & Egg President John Starkey added, “This is a great opportunity for the poultry industry to provide Secretary Gutierrez with an accurate picture of how the industry is actively looking toward export markets. His visit will enable us to communicate the concerns and challenges we face in conducting business internationally.”

U.S. Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez is the former chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Kellogg Company. and a core member of President Bush’s economic team. In nominating Gutierrez, President Bush said, “He understands the world of business, from the first rung on the ladder to the very top. He knows exactly what it takes to help American businesses grow and to create jobs.”

Secretary Gutierrez oversees a diverse Cabinet agency with some 38,000 workers and a $6.5 billion budget focused on promoting American business at home and abroad. His department gathers vast quantities of economic and demographic data to measure the health and vitality of the economy, promotes U.S. exports, enforces international trade agreements, regulates the export of sensitive goods and technologies, issues patents and trademarks, protects intellectual property, forecasts the weather, conducts oceanic and atmospheric research, provides stewardship over living marine resources, develops and applies technology, measurements and standards, formulates telecommunications and technology policy, fosters minority business development and promotes economic growth in distressed communities.

Securing new international markets to help U.S. companies create jobs and build a stronger America is a top priority for Secretary Gutierrez. “Opening markets is a central piece of President Bush’s pro-growth agenda. We need to build on our export growth momentum and the best way to do that is through opening new markets and free trade agreements like those with Peru, Colombia, Panama, and South Korea,” said Gutierrez.

This marks the second consecutive year that AFIA will co-locate the largest animal feed and ingredient show in the world with IPE offering unparalleled opportunities for both exhibitors and attendees.  The Expos will take place Jan. 23-25, 2008 in Atlanta, Ga. For more information on the International Feed Expo and International Poultry go to www.ipe08.org

AFIA is the only national organization devoted exclusively to representing the business, legislative and regulatory interests of the animal feed industry and its suppliers.  The recognized leader on international industry developments, AFIA boasts a membership that includes 550 domestic and international companies; state, national and regional associations.  Firms are feed manufacturers, integrators, pharmaceutical companies, ingredient suppliers, equipment manufacturers and companies which supply other products, services and supplies to feed manufacturers.

For more information, contact AFIA, 2101 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 916, Arlington, Va. 22201. Tel: 703-524-0810. E-mail: afia@afia.org; Fax: 703-524-1921. Web: www.afia.org.

 

 

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AFIA is the world’s largest organization devoted exclusively to representing the business, legislative and regulatory interests of the U.S. animal feed industry and its suppliers. AFIA also is the recognized leader on international industry developments. Members include more than 550 domestic and international companies and state, regional and national associations. Member-companies are livestock feed and pet food manufacturers, integrators, pharmaceutical companies, ingredient suppliers, equipment manufacturers and companies which supply other products, services and supplies to feed manufacturers.
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