ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA, US — The American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) has opened registration for its Equipment Manufacturers Conference that will be held Nov. 3-5 in New Orleans, Louisiana, US.

Themed, “Exceeding the Standard: Food Safety and Biosecurity,” the three-day event will focus on updating the equipment sector of the feed industry on current issues and trends, providing an environment for learning from educational speakers and industry leaders, and bringing the industry together to network.

“The Equipment Manufacturers Conference addresses many issues pertinent to today’s equipment designers, builders and installers who serve the feed, pet food and ingredient industries,” said Gary Huddleston, director of feed manufacturing and regulatory affairs for the AFIA. “AFIA members ‘exceed the standard’ every day and we believe the EMC does the same, offering a unique opportunity for networking and education on issues and trends relevant to their segment of the industry.”

The conference will begin with the annual golf tournament, which raises money for the Institute for Feed Education and Research’s EMC scholarship fund, a program designed to encourage college students to consider careers in the feed or grain sciences.

Educational programs at the conference will include a panel discussion on food safety and biosecurity practices in feed manufacturing, an update on policy issues being discussed in Washington, DC, US, and a session on how attendees can develop a food safety and biosecurity culture in their organization.

Early-bird registration runs through Sept. 30, with a discounted rate of $720 for AFIA members and $1,415 for nonmembers.

For more information about the event or to register, visit the conference website.