NARA’s 2024 Congressional Fly-In: Advocating for the Rendering Industry

The North American Renderers Association (NARA) recently hosted its annual Congressional Fly-In in Washington, D.C., from June 10-12. This three-day event brought together NARA members who came to our Nation’s Capital from all over the U.S. to advocate for the rendering industry’s interests.


Productive Meetings with Policymakers

Throughout the Fly-In, NARA members met with engaged in meaningful discussions with their Representatives, and their staff. Key topics included:

  • Sustainability
  • Regulatory Concerns
  • Trade
  • Environmental Stewardship
  • Food Waste Prevention
  • Research

These conversations highlighted the rendering industry’s crucial role in reducing waste and promoting environmental stewardship.


Collaboration with Government Agencies

In addition to meeting with lawmakers on Capitol Hill, NARA members also connected with officials from several key agencies:

  • United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
  • Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS)
  • Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)
  • Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
NARA Members and staff meet with APHIS Administrator, Mike Watson. L to R: Jeff Neil, Tyson Foods, Kevin Baker, Darling Ingredients, Mike Watson, APHIS, Dana Downing, NARA, Michael Glenn, BHT ReSources (NARA Chairman)

Emphasizing Environmental Impact

A significant focus of the Fly-In was the industry’s impact on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and advancing a circular economy. NARA members shared insights into how their work contributes to a more sustainable future. To learn more about rendering’s sustainability benefits click here.


A Special Congressional Reception

To foster connections and celebrate the industry’s achievements, NARA hosted a reception at the Capitol, generously sponsored by Baker Commodities, Inc. and BHT ReSources. Distinguished guests included Congressman Tracey Mann of Kansas, and Congressman John Rose of Tennessee, the latter who gave an inspiring speech at the event.

L to R: Congressman Tracey Mann of Kansas, NARA President, Kent Swisher, NARA Member Kooper O’Brien, Cargill
L to R: NARA President, Kent Swisher, Congressman John Rose of Tennessee
NARA Congressional Reception at the Capitol
Congressman John Rose

A Unified Voice for Positive Change

NARA’s Congressional Fly-In underscored the importance of a unified industry voice in advocating for policies that support sustainable practices and market access for rendered products. Thanks to the dedication of all participants, the event was a resounding success.

Thank you to everyone who participated and helped make this event impactful. Together, we are  driving positive change for the rendering industry.


*Photo Credit: NARA

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