The Wisconsin Association of Meat Processors to Host Annual Convention and Trade Show

Middleton, WI – The Wisconsin Association of Meat Processors (WAMP) will host the 85th Annual WAMP Convention on April 11-14, 2024 at the Marriott Madison West-Middleton, WI. The convention hosts meat processors primarily from the state of Wisconsin, as well as industry suppliers to the meat industry.

The WAMP convention will kick off on Thursday, April 11, with a Pre-convention workshop hosted by the University of Wisconsin – Meat Science and Animal Biologics Discovery. This year’s workshop topic is “part 2” of the technology and automation in meat processing that occurred in 2023 with more new technology, ideas, and learning. Participants will learn from a group of experts about what types of technology exist in different facets of your operation, how these technologies can offer some level of automation, and how to successfully incorporate technology into your existing operations.

On Friday, April 12, the event continues with educational sessions on: “Addressing Process Deviations During Thermal Processing,” “WI DATCP [Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection] Updates,” “FSIS Update by Paul Kiecker,” “Increasing Thermal Processing Efficiencies,” and a panel of Virtual Plant Tours from Alaska to Wisconsin to Illinois. The Trade Show showcases more than 125 booths with goods and services for meat processing establishments on Friday afternoon.

The WI Specialty Meat Championships are held during the convention and is one of the largest meat competitions of its kind. This prestigious competition includes 34 classes of fresh and processed meats. Awards are presented for each class as well as three overall awards. New for 2024: The WAMP Convention will host the WI State Fair Meats Competition.

The convention continues Saturday, April 13, with additional time at the Trade Show and educational sessions: “Listeria and E.coli Controls,” “Cyber Attacks on Your Business” and “Is Growing Your Business Through Acquisition Right for You?”, “Labeling Dos and Don’ts,” “How to Move to State Inspection?” and “How to Move to Federal Inspection?”. The WI Specialty Meat Championships awards will be presented during the WAMP Annual Meeting on Saturday afternoon.

WAMP is offering Meat Science curriculum students to participate in the WAMP Convention (university, tech/community college, high school). Contact the WAMP office for a Student Registration form.

If you have an interest in the meat industry and attending the WAMP Convention, please see a detailed schedule and register online. A WAMP membership is required to attend the convention. Join today online.

For more information, please contact Dianne Handsaker, WAMP Executive Secretary, at 608-636-0639 or d[email protected].

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