An educational program, "Benefits of Modern Poultry Production," will take place during the 2011 International Poultry Expo to be held on Jan. 26 through 28.

The session, hosted by the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association, will feature two prominent agriculture advocates: Matt Lohr, commissioner of the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services; and Trent Loos, commentator, author and rancher. Their focus will be on a response to activist groups and communicating the value and achievements of modern agriculture. “Modern farming practices and advances in technology continue to enhance the American farmer’s ability to produce safe and affordable food while caring for their animals and protecting the environment," said program chairman Pete Martin of Mar-Jac Poultry. "This program will focus on the benefits of today’s food production practices and why we must continue to tell our story.”

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Additional education programs at the Expo will include the Poultry Market Intelligence Forum, Animal Agriculture Sustainability Summit, Hatchery-Breeder Clinic, Salmonella and Campylobacter Reduction Conference and other issue-specific workshops.