The 2012 International Poultry Expo will feature a conference titled, “Charting the Course: An Executive Conference on the Future of the American Egg Industry,” as a key component of its educational programs.

The conference will be held in conjunction with the Charting the Course: Future of the American Poultry Industry program and will analyze current economic conditions, address global competitiveness and provide foresight into the American egg industry in the coming years. Jeff Simmons, president of Elanco, will conduct a presentation on making safe, affordable and abundant food a global reality. Jim Paulsen, chief investment strategist for Wells Capital Management, will address current and future economic conditions with an economic outlook presentation.

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The second portion of the conference will include an egg breakout session which will comprise the following sessions: Global Competitiveness, with a view at lessons learned from the last ten years and drivers and issues for the future; Status of Current Production Systems Research, UEP/HSUS Agreement: What it means to the Industry?; and Enriched Colony Housing.

Dr. Darrin Karcher with Michigan State University and Dr. Jeff Buhr of ARS will give presentations on the production system research. Gene Gregory, president of United Egg Producers, will discuss the impact of the UEP/HSUS agreement on the industry; and Tom Silva, vice president of J.S. West Milling Co., will provide initial results on enriched colony housing.