The international convention, located in Atlanta, Georgia, is offering a series of free courses sponsored by several US feed and producer groups including the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) and the US Poultry and Egg Association (USPOULTRY).
The programs aim to cover a wide assortment of education sessions on pressing feed, meat and poultry issues, including food safety, sustainability, feed production and the veterinary feed directive, regulatory updates, wastewater treatment, export and international issues, according to the AFIA.
A seminar on feed production provided by AFIA is aimed at feed mill managers or personnel, said association officials.
The course covers biosecurity and energy management in feed mills along with several areas of recent regulation including the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD), said group officials.
It will also look at the US Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) safety data sheet (SDS) requirements.
“This four-hour crash course will cover the various elements impacting feed production and the future outcomes to be expected,” said Gary Huddleston, AFIA manager of feed manufacturing safety and environmental affairs. “Anyone who works with the manufacturing of animal feed will leave the program with a better understanding of the proposed changes brought on by FMSA, SDS requirements and VFD.”
Similarly, USPOULTRY is offering courses dedicated to understanding current challenges to the market for poultry and egg production, along with a program on the sustainability of animal agricultural production, said group officials.
“The Market Intelligence Forum continues to be a popular program on the expo schedule, and we are pleased to include it again in the 2016 education line-up,” said Sherman Miller, Cal-Maine Foods and USPOULTRY chairman. “It is important to stay informed on current conditions and projections for the future affecting the poultry and egg industry. This program helps keep industry leaders up-to-date on the many factors that influence financial performance.”
The course will cover performance trends, current costs, competition and changes to regulation, said officials. There also will be a session on challenges facing the industry and an evaluation of potential growth opportunities for 2016 – both for US and international poultry markets.
The integrated trade show, set in Atlanta, Georgia is set to see more than 1,200 exhibitors and officials are predicting more than 28,000 attendees this year. The event is scheduled to run from January 26 to 28.
The event combines three trade shows – the International Poultry Expo, International Feed Expo and the International Meat Expo. In addition to USPOULTRY, it is being sponsored by AFIA and the North American Meat Institute (NAMI).
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