The 2013 Annual Poultry Processors Workshop, co-hosted by The Poultry Federation and the Center of Excellence for Poultry Science, will be held October 2-3. The two-day educational event addresses current issues for the poultry processor including HACCP, QA, human resources, and environmental maintenance. The Supplier Showcase portion of the workshop is the largest local tradeshow for poultry processors and purchasing personnel to attend.

The first day of the conference will be held at the Holiday Inn in Springdale, located at 1500 South 48th St. The second day of the conference will be held at the University of Arkansas, Center of Excellence for Poultry Science in Fayetteville, beginning with an omelet breakfast hosted by the Poultry Science Club.

The conference continues its long-standing tradition of bringing together poultry processors and industry experts to discuss everyday issues of the poultry industry. Campylobacter, Salmonella, and water sustainability are just a few of the topics to be addressed at the educational conference. In follow-up to a recent conference hosted by The Poultry Federation, Campylobacter and Salmonella continues to be an important topic for the poultry industry and this will be addressed at the workshop by Dr. Peggy Cook of MCA Services and Dr. Scott Stillwell of Tyson Foods.

Other activities include a reception with door prizes during the Supplier Showcase, a networking event on Wednesday evening, and a golf tournament on Thursday afternoon. 

Paul Fox -- Keynote Speaker, Wednesday: The Poultry Industry -- Looking Around Corners

Paul Fox is president and chief executive officer of O.K. Foods Inc., Bachoco USA LLC. Prior to his current position Fox was managing director of The Marfrig Group, a multinational protein company based in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Fox spent 17 years at Tyson Foods, Inc., as vice president of domestic and international operations and was a private equity CEO for the leading vegetable ingredient company.

Fox received his Masters of Science in Leadership and Ethics from John Brown University and his Bachelors of Science in Animal Science from Missouri State University, where he was a member of Kappa Alpha Order and hosted a radio talk show, "The Noon Farm Show." Fox currently resides in Fort Smith, Arkansas with his wife, Perla of 17 years, and their four daughters. He enjoys managing a six-generation family farm. He is a board member of the Fort Smith Regional Council, Union Christian Academy, and National Chicken Council.

Michael Gooch -- Keynote Speaker, Wednesday: The Value of Human Resources

Michael L. Gooch, author and retired executive consultant, specializes in providing practical, take-home information delivered in high-energy, high-impact presentations. He has shown numerous organizations how to make the best possible human resources decisions. Using a "folksy" humorous delivery, he defines true human resources management as more art than science. Gooch is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources.


Gooch is the former corporate director of human resources for Pilgrim's Pride Corporation. He recently retired from Perdue Farms as a complex HR manager. Prior to this, he worked in a variety of human resources positions at several locations for ConAgra Foods. Through the years, Gooch has won numerous eminent industry and governmental awards in leadership, teamwork, and safety. He has authored newsletter articles on a variety of management topics and is the author of the book Wingtips with Spurs and Lessons from the Ranch. 

Roddy Rogers -- Keynote Speaker, Thursday: Drinking Water Supply for the Future: A Regional Issue

Roddy Rogers is a native of Springfield, Missouri, and attended the University of Missouri-Rolla. He received his BS, in Civil Engineering in 1981, a Master's Degree in Geotechnical Engineering in 1983, and a second Master's Degree in Engineering Management in 1990. He is currently manager of water treatment and supply for City Utilities of Springfield, Missouri. 

Rogers is a past president of two engineering societies, past chair of the Missouri Section of the American Water Works Association, and a Leadership Springfield alumnus. Rogers is a four-time Governor appointee to the Missouri Dam and Reservoir Safety Council and has served a total of nine years, four as chair. He is a past president of the Tri-States Water Resource coalition seeking to establish a water supply source for the region and has participated in volunteer engineering/mission projects in several impoverished countries.

Conference pre-registration fee is US$60 for TPF members; US$75 for non-members; US$25 for university personnel; students are free of charge. On-site registration is US$15 extra. The registration fee covers all session presentations, receptions, showcase, and accompanying meals. Exhibitor table top space fee is US$100 for TPF members; $200 for non-members. The workshop golf tournament will be held at Springdale Country Club on Thursday, Oct. 3 at 1:00 p.m. Individual entry is US$100 per person or US$400 per team; box lunch provided. 

Hotel registrations are available by calling Holiday Inn in Springdale: +1.479.751.8300. 

For more information on the workshop, visit The Poultry Federation's website.