Unfortunately, Philip Seng, President and CEO of U.S. Meat Export Federation will no longer be able to make it to this year’s conference.  Dan Halstrom, USMEF Senior Vice President of Global Marketing and Communication will be taking his place.  He will begin his presentation of “Opening the Gate to New Markets” at 11:30am and will examine ways that the USMEF is working to put more U.S. meat on tables throughout the world through trade agreements, international partnerships and consumer education

Dan joined USMEF in 2010 after 26 years in the meat industry with Swift & Company, which operated over the years under the names of Monfort of Colorado, ConAgra Beef Company and, finally, JBS.

Dan began his career as a management trainee for Swift Independent Packing Company at the National Stockyards Illinois Pork plant outside of St. Louis.  There he learned every job in the plant from the kill floor and cut floor to fabrication, loading, rendering, freezer operations and hog procurement.  He then moved into commercial sales and, ultimately, into international sales.  As senior vice president of International Operations for JBS, he oversaw global beef and pork operations for the world’s largest red meat company.

A graduate of the University of Iowa, Dan was born and raised near Cherokee, Iowa, on a 1,200-acre grain farm that also had a 3,000-head cattle backgrounding operation.  He and his wife, Becky, have been married 19 years and have two sons.