Alltech turns to virtual platform for May conference, FEFAC Congress full steam ahead for now

By Aerin Einstein-Curtis

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Alltech is moving One: The Alltech Idea’s Conference online this year following the ongoing spread of the coronavirus Covid-19.

The annual animal health, nutrition and business conference was scheduled to run May 17-19 in Lexington, Kentucky, the company said. Previously, the event has gathered more than 3,500 attendees from 70 countries.

The move follows the postponement​ of several global feed-related events including VIV MEA in Abu Dhabi, which was moved to August, and VICTAM and Animal Health and Nutrition Asia 2020 in Bangkok, which is now set to take place in July.

This year, virtual attendees at Alltech’s event will have the opportunity to access session topics online starting May 18, the company said. The Alltech ONE Virtual Experience is set to address agricultural topics, agri-business, aquaculture, beef, crop science, dairy, swine, poultry and the future of food.

Sessions will include live-streamed keynote presentations and on-demand video talks along with select presentations from previous years, Alltech reported.

“Our first priority remains the health and safety of attendees, our colleagues and the communities in which we live and work,”​ said Mark Lyons, president and CEO of Alltech. “With that in mind, we have decided to host this year’s international conference on a virtual platform, allowing registrants from around the world to engage in industry-leading content in a way that is accessible for everyone.”

FEFAC June Congress still on 

EU feed industry representatives, FEFAC, said there is no change to the date for its Congress, Towards Carbon – neutral feed and livestock production, ​scheduled to take place on Thursday, June 3-5 in Antwerp in Belgium.

"We will listen to what the Belgian authorities say as regards the organisation of events. For the moment, there are no official restrictions," ​FEFAC senior policy and communications manager, Anton van den Brink, told us.

The main objective of the Congress​, said the organization, is to present, debate and sign a joint FEFAC Feed Sustainability Charter 2020-2030, highlighting top priorities and tangible commitments to improve the sustainability of the European feed industry in line with the FEFAC Vision 2030. 

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