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Audio Keith Miller on AFBF Meeting

Published: Jan 08, 2009

Farmers and ranchers attending the American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF) 90th Annual Meeting will hear an update on global beef and pork exports from volunteer leaders of the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF). The meeting is scheduled for Jan. 11-14 in San Antonio.

At a luncheon hosted by the Iowa Farm Bureau on Sunday, Jan. 11, USMEF Vice Chairman Keith Miller of Great Bend, Kan., and USMEF executive committee member Calvin Rozenboom of Oskaloosa, Iowa, will address convention attendees regarding USMEF marketing activities, the prospects for increasing beef and pork exports in the coming year, and the impact of the global financial crisis on world markets. Miller, who along with Rozenboom is an active leader in AFBF, is anxious to share this information with fellow members of the organization.

Audio Clip #1               :28        “… we’re working together.”

Miller added that the AFBF annual meeting provides a unique opportunity to reach out to a diverse cross-section of agricultural producers. This is an important point of emphasis for USMEF, which receives annual financial support from the beef, pork, feedgrain and oilseeds industries.

Audio Clip #2               :09        “… American Farm Bureau.”

Miller said AFBF members rely on convention update sessions on specific issues for information that helps prepare them to vote on the organization’s policy – a process that will take place on Jan. 13 and 14.

Audio Clip #3               :26        “… out of Washington, D.C."

For more information on the AFBF annual meeting, please visit

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The U.S. Meat Export Federation ( is the trade association responsible for developing international markets for the U.S. red meat industry and is funded by USDA, exporting companies, and the beef, pork, corn and soybean checkoff programs.