ATLANTA, GEORGIA, US — Multiple feed-related educational opportunities are on the agenda for the 2023 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE). The event is planned Jan. 24-26 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia, US. 

The event, which brings together the expertise from the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA), the North American Meat Institute and the US Poultry & Egg Association, includes the newest technology in the industry, networking opportunities and educational sessions on the latest industry issues. The trade show will showcase current innovations, equipment and services.

For the feed industry, the event will include the American Feed Industry Association’s Feed Education Program, the Feed Mill of the Future Conference, an interactive question-and-answer session with the US Department of Agriculture’s Animal Plant Healthy Inspection Service (APHIS), the Pet Food Conference and a session on biosecurity preparedness.  

Feed focus 

The Feed Mill of the Future Conference is planned 8 a.m. to noon on Jan. 24, with a registration fee of $95 before Jan. 6 and $125 after. Feed milling professionals will leave with a better understanding of how innovation and early adaptation will help achieve sustainability, productivity and profitability goals of tomorrow, the AFIA said.

The free AFIA Feed Education Program is 8 to 10 a.m. on Jan. 25. The training session will update participants on any recent changes from several federal agencies, including the Department of Labor, the Department of Transportation, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Food and Drug Administration and the Occupational Health and Safety Administration. 

In addition, the Feed Miller of the Year winner for the commercial feed category will be announced. 

AFIA’s Nutrition Committee is hosting Biosecurity: Preparedness must be perpetual, also on Jan. 25, from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Registration is $65 before Jan. 6 and $85 after.

The program will focus on how the industry can remain vigilant in biosecurity and also will provide updates on foreign animal disease such as African swine fever and avian influenza. Presenters also will cover what to expect from government agencies in the event of an outbreak. 

On Jan. 25, the AFIA is hosting an interactive question-and-answer session with APHIS called, “Facility Inspection Package Training by USDA-APHIS.” Attendees will hear directly from APHIS staff on how to better prepare export health certificate packets and prepare their facilities for inspections. Cost is $260 before Jan. 6 and $300 after that date. 

Aflatoxin sampling, export trends, pet food sustainability, regulatory updates and mergers and acquisitions will be covered at AFIA’s Pet Food Conference on Jan. 24. In addition, the recipient of the annual Friend of Pet Food Award will be announced. 

The event brings together manufacturers, ingredient suppliers, marketers and academics. Registration is $105 before Jan. 6 and includes breakfast and lunch. The price increases to $150 after Jan. 6.

Other educational sessions

Sustainability will be the focus of two educational sessions, including the Animal Agriculture Sustainability Summit on Jan. 24. This free event includes representatives of the meat, poultry and animal feed industries who will share details on the development of industry plans to produce more protein in a sustainable fashion. 

On Jan. 25, the “Securing the Future of Meat: Sustainability, Innovation and the Next Big Thing,” free event will examine what sustainability looks like now and in the future.