The 2010 Poultry Production & Health Seminar will focus largely on antibiotic use in the poultry industry, according to the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association.

Organizers of the annual conference, which will be held September 21 and 22 at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, Tenn., chose the topic in response to the widespread scrutiny the poultry industry has been under. "Antibiotics play an important role in maintaining healthy birds," said Frank Halpin, program chairman. "The United States Department of Agriculture is questioning the use of antibiotics in animal agriculture, suggesting that they may cause antimicrobial resistance. This year's seminar will examine the impact proposed restrictions will have on live production and the challenges live production managers and service representatives may face in the future."

The program will also hold presentations on the latest industry innovations and strategies for maintaining healthy flocks.