The American Feed Industry Assn.’s (AFIA) Feed Education Program returns to the 2018 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) on Jan. 31 in Atlanta, Ga. The free program is ideal for feed facility managers, operations personnel and mill personnel looking to learn the latest regulatory requirements that impact their businesses.
The half-day session will educate attendees about expanding feed industry regulatory requirements. They will hear from a variety of experts in the field on topics such as:
• An update on federal regulatory changes from the departments of Labor and Transportation, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Food & Drug Administration and the Occupational Safety & Health Administration;
• A discussion on how plant control systems can help with Food Safety Modernization Act compliance, and
• An overview of the new Institute for Feed Education & Research salmonella project.
“Attendees will leave AFIA’s Feed Education Program with a better understanding of industry trends to take back to their facilities,” said Gary Huddleston, AFIA’s director of feed manufacturing and regulatory affairs.
In addition to the educational components of the program, the Feed Facility of the Year (FFOY) award winner will be announced. This award program, sponsored by AFIA and Feedstuffs, is designed to recognize overall excellence in feed and ingredient manufacturing operations. Formerly the Feed Mill of the Year program, the sponsors introduced the new FFOY benchmarking and award program in 2016. Facilities apply to the program and then are scored based on various criteria. AFIA and Feedstuffs representatives visit the top facilities in each category and select the winners for the year.
“We have several outstanding entries in this year’s Feed Facility of the Year program,” Huddleston said. “We are excited to share the results of the benchmarking portion of the program and announce this year’s winning facilities, which are the cream of the crop of the feed industry.”
The Feed Education Program will be held from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. More information is available on the IPPE website, and this program is included with trade show admission. On-site registration for IPPE will be available at a rate of $100.
IPPE is expected to attract more than 30,000 attendees and is a collaboration of three trade shows — the International Feed Expo, International Poultry Expo and International Meat Expo — representing the entire chain of protein production and processing. The event is sponsored by AFIA, the U.S. Poultry & Egg Assn. and the North American Meat Institute. More information about IPPE, including registration details, lodging and education offerings, is available at www.ippexpo.org.