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Branstad, Westman to Receive USMEF Awards

Published: Oct 30, 2023

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Terry Branstad, former U.S. ambassador to China and longtime governor of Iowa, has been selected to receive the U.S. Meat Export Federation’s (USMEF) Michael J. Mansfield Award. USMEF established this award in recognition of the U.S. Senate majority leader and ambassador to Japan whose five decades of government service advanced U.S. trade relations throughout the world.

In this audio report, USMEF President and CEO Dan Halstrom discusses Ambassador Branstad’s longstanding efforts to advance global opportunities for U.S. agricultural products and the key role Branstad played in helping to secure the U.S.-China Phase One Economic and Trade Agreement. 

Bill Westman, who had a 29-year career with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service and served as senior vice president of international affairs for the North American Meat Institute, will receive the USMEF Distinguished Service Award. Westman is now president of William Westman and Associates, a boutique consulting firm specializing in agricultural trade policy and export market development. He speaks to the importance of industry collaboration in gaining improvements in market access for U.S. red meat exports.

Both awards will be presented Nov. 9 at the USMEF Strategic Planning Conference in New Orleans. More details are available from the USMEF website