TaraLee Hudson – U.S. Meat Export Federation – Denver

Intern Update

June 28, 2022

Having started my internship with the U.S. Meat Export Federation in Denver, my time has been filled with numerous opportunities to network with important industry professionals, to learn the inner workings of USMEF’s mission, and start my own major project.

Within my second week of work, I had the opportunity to travel to San Antonio, Texas for USMEF’s Spring Conference which hosted hundreds of individuals, including domestic and international USMEF staff, USMEF Executive Committee members, as well as many other USMEF members. Throughout the three-day event, I was able to sit in on several executive committee meetings, general sessions, and committee meetings, as well as provide an “extra set of hands” where needed. I was able to connect with several Nebraska Corn Board members including Dave Bruntz, Ted Shrock, and John Krohn, as well as several other industry professionals from the state of Nebraska. This was a great opportunity to meet USMEF’s international representatives,

Upon returning to Denver, I was able to become better acquainted with the office, while also learning the roles of each of the Denver staff. I primarily work within the department of industry relations, but have been able to explore other areas of the U.S. Meat Export Federation. Additionally, I have helped to organize various international trade teams traveling throughout the United States. More specifically, we were able to host a group of importers in Denver from Albania and Kosovo, after a nearly three-year hiatus due to COVID-19. Both countries have emerging opportunities for American tourism and were exploring the opportunities for importing U.S. protein products for use in American-style cuisine. While continuing to help with these various groups, I have also been able to start my “major” project for the summer. This will be the U.S. Meat Processing Seminar which will take place in early August at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. As a student in the animal science department, organizing and facilitating this event will be an excellent use of my expertise and a great opportunity to capitalize on the skills and knowledge I have gained throughout my internship. In addition, an important part of USMEF’s operation is acquiring funding for projects taking place in each of our international offices. I was able to participate in a funding proposal and presentation at the Colorado Corn Administrative Committee.

Looking forward on the calendar, I am excited for the week of July 25th as I will have the opportunity to travel to Deadwood, South Dakota with an international trade team from Germany. I am also looking forward to the second half of my internship as I continue to become more immersed within USMEF and their goals, as an organization.