TUCKER, GEORGIA, U.S. — Attendee and exhibitor registration and housing for the 2017 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) is now open. The annual global feed, meat and poultry industry trade show is scheduled for Jan. 31 – Feb. 2, 2017, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.

IPPE has secured more than 1,060 exhibitors with more than 507,000 net square feet of exhibit space already booked. The Expo is expected to attract more than 30,000 attendees through the collaboration of the three trade shows - International Poultry Expo, International Feed Expo and International Meat Expo - representing the entire chain of protein and feed production and processing. The event is sponsored by the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY), the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) and the North American Meat Institute (NAMI). 

The Expo will highlight the latest technology, equipment and services used in the production and processing of meat, poultry and animal feed. It will feature education programs focused on current industry issues. The International Poultry Scientific Forum, Spanish Technical Seminar for Maximizing the Efficiency of the Poultry Industry, Pet Food Conference and the Environmental Conference for the Meat & Poultry Industry are some of the education programs that will be held during the expo. Several tech talks programs also will be offered. In addition, the Animal Agriculture Sustainability Summit, Worker Safety Conference for the Meat & Poultry Industry, Poultry Market Intelligence Forum and the International Rendering Symposium education programs will return for 2017. 

The 2017 IPPE Expo also will feature several new educational programs, including important sessions on food safety, consumer trends and international trade. The following programs are new for 2017: Worker Safety Conference for the Meat & Poultry Industry; Listeria monocytogenes Prevention & Control Workshop; Meat Quality Workshop: Know Your Muscle, Know Your Meat; FSMA Hazard Analysis Training; Pork 101; Family Businesses Strategies for Success; Beef 101; Feed Production Education Program; U.S. Employment Law Regulatory Update; Meat Industry Regulatory Update and Compliance Session; Setting Up for Success: Processed Meat Product Introductions; Get the Facts with Meat Mythcrushers; Whole Genome Sequencing 101; Understanding and Achieving Operational Excellence; and Toxic Release Inventory Reporting Guidance Workshop. 

Resuming for 2017 is the “Members to Atlanta” (M2A) program, which waives the registration fee through Dec. 31, 2016, for attendees from member firms of all three associations engaged in the production of poultry, eggs and meat for consumption and feed and pet food manufacturers. 

The program is supported through the sponsorship of elite IPPE exhibitors. They include Arm & Hammer, Aviagen, Biomin, Ceva Animal Health, Cobb-Vantress, Diamond V, Elanco Animal Health, Heat and Control, Huvepharma, Incubation Systems, Inc., Jamesway Incubator Co., Kemin, Soybean Meal Information Center, Watt Global Media and Zoetis. 

“We appreciate and thank these elite exhibiting companies for participating in the members to Atlanta (M2A) program,” said IPPE show management. “The program continues to deliver results in increasing attendance and contributing to the success of IPPE.” 

The 2016 IPPE Expo had 30,277 poultry, meat and feed industry leaders from all over the world in attendance. There were also 1,301 exhibitors, a new record, with more than 464,750 square feet of exhibit space. A total of 7,280 international visitors from 141 countries were represented at the Expo, setting another new record for international attendance. The largest group from a single country outside the U.S. was Canada, with 1,041 visitors. The largest region represented was Latin America and the Caribbean, with 2,805 visitors. 

For more information about the Expo or to register, clickhere. A discounted price of $50 is available to those who register online through Dec. 31, 2016.  Beginning Jan. 1, 2017, the registration fee will increase to $100.