Animal Agriculture Alliance photo contest open through Feb. 14

The Animal Agriculture Alliance recently announced that five farmers and ranchers could win a free registration to the 2018 Stakeholders Summit. The 2018 “Protect Your Roots” Summit will be held May 3 to 4 at the Renaissance Capital View Hotel in Arlington, Virginia.

“Last year the Alliance hosted our first photo contest to encourage farmers to attend our 2017 Summit and received such a great turnout that we’ve decided to host another photo contest this year,” said Hannah Thompson-Weeman, Alliance vice president of communications. “Farmers and ranchers should be at the table to discuss issues impacting the food supply and we hope to welcome even more producers to our 2018 Summit.”

The Summit will inspire attendees representing all facets of animal agriculture to be proud of their past and current roles in the industry and challenge them to be forward-thinking about how we can continue to grow into the future. Even if communication is not part of their job description, Summit attendees will leave with new perspectives on key issues and ready to engage with influencers to secure the future of animal agriculture.

“Farmers and ranchers are often the best storytellers,” said Casey Whitaker, Alliance communications manager. “We want to see photos from across the country showing why farmers believe it is important to protect their roots and continue telling agriculture’s story.”

To enter, farmers and ranchers need to share a photo and caption on social media that shows and explains why they believe it is important to protect their roots. Entries must be posted with the hashtag #ProtectYourRoots with the Alliance tagged by Feb. 14. To confirm their entry, contestants need to complete the contest form at

Top photos will be shared on the Alliance’s Facebook page and be open for public voting on Feb. 15.

The five photos with the most likes by Feb. 28 will be announced as the winners.

The first place entrant will receive free registration to our 2018 Summit, a two-night stay at the Renaissance Capital View Hotel and a $300 travel stipend.

The runner-up will receive free registration and a two-night stay at the hotel, while third, fourth and fifth place entrants will receive free Summit registration only.

Not a farmer or rancher? You can still help spread the word about the Summit and win a prize through the “Refer-A-Friend” contest. Encourage friends, co-workers and colleagues to attend the event and have them put your name as the referrer when registering. If someone enters your name, you will be entered to win one of ten prizes. You must be present at the 2018 Summit to claim your prize.

Be sure to check the Summit website for the most up-to-date information. You can also follow the hashtags #AAA18 and #ProtectYourRoots for periodic updates about the event. For general questions about the Summit, please contact [email protected] or call 703-562-5160.