The International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) is launching the seventh annual Young Leaders “30 under 30” program targeting young professionals who normally would not have the opportunity to attend IPPE. The goal of the program is to engage and invest in the next generation of young professionals, between the ages of 21 and 29, who work for companies directly involved in the production and processing of poultry and meat or in the production of animal food.

Interested applicants must apply to the program by Sept. 30 and meet select requirements, including being a member of at least one of the following IPPE organizations: the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA), North American Meat Institute (NAMI) or U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY). No more than two applicants from a single member organization may be nominated. A panel of industry professionals will review the applications, and award recipients will be notified of the panel’s decision by Oct. 15. The application and details about the program can be found by clicking here or at

The program is designed to recognize professional leadership qualities and provide exposure to the world’s largest annual trade show involving the production and processing of meat and poultry products and the manufacture of feed and pet food products. The program provides education to further training in each person’s respective industry and will expose the recipients to the latest technology used in the industry.


In addition to receiving free access to the Expo, selected recipients will receive complimentary hotel accommodations for two nights and admittance to all complimentary education programs and one paid program. They will also be recognized at a special breakfast held on their behalf and gain leadership insight from keynote speaker, Tim Belstra, chairman and CEO of Belstra Milling.

With Atlanta hosting next year’s Super Bowl, IPPE will be held Feb. 12 – 14, 2019 – two weeks later than normal. Attendee registration and general housing for the 2019 IPPE will open Sept. 17. Visit the IPPE website for more information.