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WASHINGTON, June 5, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- American Agri-Women, the nation's largest coalition of farm, ranch and agribusiness women, is hosting its 21st Annual Symposium, "American Agriculture & the Integrity of America's Food Supply." This public forum will be held 9 a.m.-11 a.m., June 9, National Press Club, Washington, D.C.

The symposium will present rural issues to consumers, regulators and the media. It is one of the featured events of American Agri-Women's annual Fly-In, set for June 8-11, with many events being held at the Holiday Inn Capitol, 550 C. Street, SW, Washington, D.C.

Symposium speakers include:

  • Former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture John Block – Block served under President Reagan and helped develop the 1985 Farm Bill. Block now serves on the board of The Farm Foundation, Hormel Food Corp. and Digital Angel Corp. He is chair of the Citizens Network for Foreign Affairs Agribusiness Alliance and a member of the board for the Friends of the World Food Program. He is a non-resident senior fellow with the National Center for Food and Agriculture Policy.
  • Janet Riley, senior vice president of public affairs for the American Meat Institute – Riley develops public information and issue management strategy and oversees the Institute's news reporting on MeatAMI.com. As a member of the AMI Crisis Management Team, she provides strategic counsel to AMI members when needed. Riley also serves as president of the National Hot Dog & Sausage Council.
  • Mischa Popoff, former inspector of organic farms and author of  the critically acclaimed book Is it Organic? – Popoff earned a B.A. from the University of Saskatchewan where he specialized in the history of nitrogen for fertilizer and warfare. He then worked as an Advanced Organic Farm and Process Inspector, inspecting over 500 organic farms and processing facilities. He stopped inspecting when he realized there was no appetite in the industry to eliminate fraud and gross negligence. He is now a public speaker, political columnist and radio host.
  • Will Coggin, senior research analyst at the Center for Consumer Freedom -  At the Center, Coggin focuses his research on animal rights and environmental issues. Coggin is a frequent critic of radical activists who seek to take choices away from Americans and put farmers out of business.

Download speaker images at the AAW website.  Download the agenda.

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