The National Meeting on Poultry Health, Processing, and Live Production, a significant scientific and educational gathering for the U.S. chicken industry, will return Sept. 28-30. The event is customarily held in Ocean City, Md., but this year Delmarva Poultry Industry, Inc. (DPI) has made the 55th National Meeting an all-virtual event – a first in its history. This change allows anyone in the worldwide chicken community to attend three days of informative sessions from home or office for one $99 registration fee. To help Delmarva chicken growers access new insights into safe, effective live production methods delivered during the conference, DPI is offering chicken growers who are DPI members a discounted $49 registration fee.
More than 20 veterinarians, chicken company leaders, government officials, researchers, extension educators, and animal health officials will deliver presentations at the meeting on topics including supply chain disruptions, air quality impacts from animal agriculture, employee safety in the COVID-19 pandemic, robotic poultry deboning trials, platinum brooding practices, and more. Twenty-six companies supplying products and services to the chicken industry are sponsoring the conference, including platinum sponsors Merck Animal Health, Boehringer Ingelheim, Farm Credit, Aviagen, Best Veterinary Solutions, Inc., and United Animal Health, along with session panel sponsors Evonik and Zoetis. A complete agenda, as well as registration information, can be found at dpichicken.org, where quick, simple online registration is available.
““The need for cutting-edge research in poultry health, food and worker safety and animal welfare is greater now than ever before, and we are pleased to be able to continue our tradition of offering a dynamic agenda, but in a virtual setting,” said Holly Porter, DPI’s executive director. “We’re looking forward to an engaging, productive conference in a format that makes it easier than ever for the chicken community to take part in the National Meeting.”