The World Meat Congress occurs once every two years, and for the first time in 25 years, the congress took place in the United States. Marty Smith, vice president of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), was happy to attend this one-of-a-kind event.
The event is sponsored by the International Meat Secretariat. Smith, a rancher and attorney from Wacahoota, Florida, says this is an organization of people around the globe who are involved in the meat industry. The Secretariat strives to eliminate global trade barriers, making the congress a great opportunity to mingle with global leaders in the meat industry.
According to Smith six continents and 48 countries were represented at the Congress. Attendees included cattle and hog producers, packers and feeders and global buyers.
Smith says NCBA usually takes part in the congress in some way, but since it occurred in the United States this year, they became more active in their involvement by sponsoring some of the events.
The congress was also hosted by the U.S. Meat Export Federation, which also takes pride in supporting U.S. trade around the globe.
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The congress was held in Dallas, Texas May 30 to June 1.