The conference is designed for sales and service providers in the commercial poultry industry and will be held at the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center, 215 Innovation Boulevard, State College, Pennsylvania. It is presented by Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences and its Department of Animal Science along with the University of Delaware’s Department of Animal and Food Sciences.

“Industry representatives are encouraged to register to learn about current efforts to improve poultry health, management, and production strategies,” said Dr. John Boney, assistant professor of poultry science with the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences. “Conference topics will also include in-depth knowledge about recent trends and issues pertinent to our industry.”

The two-day annual conference touches on general topics important in the poultry industry, a NECAD session, and breakout sessions for turkeys, layers, and broilers. Breakout sessions will be led by industry professionals and faculty members from across the country.    

Among the courses planned for the NECAD symposium on Wednesday are Infectious Coryza in Pennsylvania, Ornithobacterium Rhinotracheale in Turkeys and Chickens, and Currently Available Infectious Coryza Vaccines and Their Uses. The NECAD afternoon session will include research presentations and student awards.  

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General sessions on Wednesday afternoon will include a poultry workforce development panel and courses on Critical Parameters and Management of Water and Feed Quality. Wednesday evening will include a social hour with a meet-and-greet with Penn State Poultry Science Club students, providing an excellent opportunity to interact with the next generation of poultry industry professionals.

Thursday’s schedule includes three concurrent sessions focusing on boilers, turkeys and layers, respectively. Courses in these sessions include Overcoming Workforce Deficit with Automation, Biosecurity Breaches and Disease Outbreak, and How to Protect Turkey Flocks from Heat Stress, among others.

American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists members will be able to earn up to 10 continuing education credits for this workshop.

The registration fee is $175. The full conference schedule and online registration can be found at https://extension.psu.edu/poultry-sales-service or by contacting Tina Westley at 814-865-1362. The registration deadline is Sept. 1, although walk-ins will be accepted at the door on the day of the conference.