A really big show

by World Grain Staff
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More than 20,000 expected to attend IPE and IFE Expos, which will be held concurrently

by Arvin Donley

The first expo involving both the U.S. Poultry and Egg Association (USPEA) and American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) will be held Jan. 24-26, 2007 in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.

The USPEA’s International Poultry Expo (IPE) and AFIA’s International Feed Expo (IFE) are the world’s largest trade shows directed at the poultry and feed industries. The two organizations reached an agreement in August 2005 to co-locate their respective expositions beginning in 2007.

"This is certainly a defining moment in our respective histories," AFIA President Joel Newman said at the time the agreement was announced. "Our partnership is a win-win situation for all involved, and our companies have overwhelmingly embraced the action."

USPEA President Don Dalton added, "This agreement represents a significant step forward for our organizations. We anticipate it will extend our prior successes and create new opportunities for our members, exhibitors and attendees."

The last AFIA Expo, held in Kansas City, Missouri, U.S. in 2005, drew hundreds of feed manufacturers, ingredient suppliers, equipment manufacturers and industry service providers from 23 countries. With more than 18,000 people having attended last year’s IPE show in Atlanta, officials are expecting more than 20,000 to attend this year’s co-located events. AFIA EDUCATIONAL FORUM The IFE educational program, entitled "Developing Your Plant’s Greatest Assets — Your Employees," will include four hour-long sessions from 1 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 23. The program will include the following sessions:

• "Government Compliance Issues," Richard Sellers, AFIA. The AFIA staff will provide an update on key regulatory issues that are currently affecting the feed industry.

• "Safe Confined Space Entry," Leonardo Vivas, Cargill Animal Nutrition. Knowing the procedures and requirements to properly conduct a safe confined space entry is a necessity.

• "Boiler Maintenance," Tim Powell, Hughes Machinery Company. This session will focus on identifying the hidden cost of operating a boiler and offer suggestions to reduce the cost and improve a mill’s bottom line. Safety tips to help ensure safe boiler operations will also be discussed.

• "Plant safety programs," Ken Klauser, ADM Alliance Nutrition. The key to providing a safe plant for feed mill employees is preparing the right programs for the plant and training employees to follow the programs. As of mid-November, more than 150 exhibitors from every segment of the feed and grain industries had signed up to attend the IFE Expo, and dozens more are expected to sign up to exhibit at the January trade show.

The IFE Expo will be located in the "B" Hall of the Georgia World Congress Center. For more information, visit www.ife07.org.

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