The International Poultry Expo/International Feed Expo (IPE/IFE) will bring together 20,000 industry leaders from over 100 countries in Atlanta from January 26 to 28, 2011.

Sponsored by the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY) and the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA), IPE/IFE is the world's largest display of technology, equipment, supplies, and services used in the production and processing of poultry, eggs and in feed manufacturing.

More than 800 exhibiting companies will come together to showcase their latest technology, network, and become educated on the latest developments and issues facing the industries today and in the future.

Seminars and workshops presented by industry experts, scientists and top-level company executives will update attendees on current and prospective industry issues. Attendees are invited to take advantage of these opportunities at no charge.

Expo highlights   

This year’s show will feature even more exhibits and a comprehensive line-up of education programs that will keep industry management up to date on important issues.

Kicking off the week will be the International Poultry Scientific Forum with information on environmental management, nutrition, physiology, pathology, processing and products, and avian diseases. Expo education sessions will begin Tuesday with USPOULTRY’s Hatchery-Breeder Clinic, new for 2011. It is moving from the meeting’s traditional July dates to January to allow more hatchery and breeder flock managers to attend the show and see the latest equipment for their operations.

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The Animal Agriculture Sustainability Summit and Pet Food Conference also will begin on Tuesday. Other programs Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday will include a special Salmonella and Campylobacter Reduction Conference, the popular Poultry Market Intelligence Forum, USPOULTRY Industry Education Program, a Feed Manufacturing Education Program, and other issue-specific sessions.

The 2011 IPE/IFE is introducing a new Technology Xchange Program which will offer opportunities for exhibitors to give presentations highlighting new technology developments. The purpose of this program is to provide information on new technologies in a generic format, as opposed to sales presentations. Tech Xchange Theaters will be set up in each exhibit hall with seating for 100 people. There is no charge to participating companies.

Taste worth talking about   

“FeatherFest” will again take over Atlanta during the Expo, sponsored by USPOULTRY and the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau. Participating Atlanta restaurants will create “special menu” poultry dishes exclusively for IPE week. Attendees are invited to enjoy some of the best restaurants Atlanta and cast their votes for the best poultry and egg dishes from over 50 competing restaurants.

Finding future industry leaders   

USPOULTRY encourages today's youth to become tomorrow's leaders. Held in conjunction with the Expo for more than 40 years, the student program attracts 300 students from 25 universities throughout the United States. They interview for job openings and internships with industry and allied firms and visit the exhibit floor to see the latest technology, equipment, and supplies used in today’s industry. Interviews are scheduled Wednesday afternoon, all day Thursday, and Friday morning.