This year, the International Poultry Expo and the American Feed Industry Association Expo will be held together at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta from January 24-26. IPE and AFIA’s Expo will include new products and services, educational programs, and social activities. AFIA’s Expo audience reflects every facet of the feed industry. Attendees from every segment, both domestically and globally, will be in attendance.
In previous years, both expos have attracted business owners, executives, managers and growers from around the world. Every segment of the industry will be represented at IPE and AFIA Expos, including: Feed manufacturers, ingredient suppliers, equipment manufacturers, feed milling, live production, hatchery, processing, further processing packaging, commercial egg, marketing, and all support activities. On the 16 acres of display area, egg producers will find products in packaging, equipment, and services, as well as the latest technology solutions to egg production.
There are seminars, forums, and networking opportunities designed for all needs. AFIA is world-renowned for its feed industry educational forums. USPOULTRY’s programs will be based on current industry issues and AFIA’s programs will help attendees improve their feed manufacturing operations and bring them up-to-date with news on the latest industry developments and new feed technology. USPOULTRY will offer such valuable information on such topics as: High Pathogenic Avian Influenza: Testing and Response Procedures; U.S. Department of Agriculture-Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service; USDA-Food Safety and Inspection Service; Water Supply at the Farm: Is a Crisis Looming?; The Push Toward Ethanol: Impact on Corn Availability and Cost; Salmonella: Farm to Table . . . Standards and Intervention Strategies; and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: Ag Strategy, Final CAFO Rule, Air Emissions. AFIA will offer seminars on such topics as: Government Compliance update, Confined Space Safety, Boiler Maintenance, and Developing a Plant Safety Program. The seminars will be Thursday, Jan. 25, and admission is free for IPE and IFE attendees.
AFIA’s Expo attracts exhibitors from every segment of the animal feed and ingredient industry. Exhibitor categories include material handling equipment and supplies; processing equipment; micro and macro ingredients; analytical products and services; transportation equipment; computer software, systems and services; premix and milk replacer manufacturers; mill designers; engineering and construction; pharmaceutical and animal health products; microbial, enzyme and fermentation products and trade publications. Two InfoMart theaters at IPE will also help keep attendees up to date on the latest advances in the industry. Both theatres will run simultaneously. One theatre will focus on processing and packaging, while the other will focus on feed and production.
The Southern Poultry Science Society, the Southern Conference on Avian Diseases, and the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association will sponsor an International Poultry Scientific Forum prior to the 2007 Expo. The IPSF will be held January 22-23 at the Georgia World Congress Center. The forum presents information on important industry topics such as avian diseases, environmental management, nutrition, pathology, physiology, processing and products.
College students will also be participating in the College Student Career Program. This is an excellent opportunity for interested companies to interview students for full-time positions and internships. Approximately 300 college students from 28 different universities participated in the program last year.
To ensure a great experience at IPE 2007, USPOULTRY has taken care of most of the details. USPOULTRY will have a Poultry History Museum available free to attendees. The museum will be filled with priceless poultry and feed artifacts dating as far back as the early 1900s. Attendees will have access to the Internet at free Cyber Centers, exhibitor locator to find services to fit your business needs, and free shuttles to commute between the Georgia World Congress Center and hotels. Attendees also will receive discounts to restaurants, events, and attractions for attendees.
In addition to IPE & AFIA, the United Egg Producers has several planned events. On Tuesday morning, Jan. 23, is a meeting for UEP members only in which the organization will be discussing supply-management issues with members of the United States Potato Board. The time was not set at press-time. This is a closed meeting because of Capper-Volstead rules. All other UEP meetings are open. UEP committee meetings will be held Tuesday afternoon from 1 to 6 p.m., with UEP’s board meeting to be held Wednesday, Jan. 24 from 7 to 10 a.m. The final UEP event is the popular UEP Breakfast Briefing on Thursday, Jan. 25, from 8 to 10 a.m., in which hundreds of attendees make their own omelets followed by staff briefings.
Pre-registration for the convention is still available for $30 (USD). On-site registration is $50 (USD). Downloadable registration materials are available online.