The U.S. Meat Export Federation will present two major awards at its strategic planning conference next week in New Orleans. Former U.S. ambassador to China and Iowa governor, Terry Branstad, will receive the Michael J. Mansfield Award for making agricultural exports a top priority. Bill Westman will be recognized with the USMEF Distinguished Service Award. Westman spent nearly 30 years with USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service. After that, Westman service as senior vice president of international affairs for the North American Meat Institute and is now president of William Westman and Associates.
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