The program targets young professionals in the production and processing industries.

TUCKER, GEORGIA, U.S. —The International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) on Oct. 17 said it is extending the deadline to submit applications for the fifth annual Young Leaders “30 under 30” program targeting young professionals who normally would not have the financial resources or opportunity to attend IPPE. IPPE said the goal of the program is to engage and invest in young professionals between the ages of 21 and 29 who work for companies directly involved in the production and processing of poultry and meat, or in the production of animal or poultry feed.

Applicants must be a member of at least one of the following IPPE sponsors: American Feed Industry Association (AFIA), North American Meat Institute (NAMI) or U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY).

The program is designed to recognize professional leadership qualities and to provide exposure to the world’s largest annual trade show involving the production and processing of meat and poultry products and the manufacture of feed and pet food products. The program provides education to further training in each person’s respective industry and will expose the recipients to the latest technology used in the industry.

Selected program participants will receive complimentary hotel accommodations for two nights, registration to attend IPPE, and admittance to all complimentary education programs and one paid program. The 2017 IPPE will be held Atlanta, Georgia, U.S., from Jan. 31 – Feb. 2, 2017.

To be considered for IPPE’s “30 under 30” program, applicants must submit their application by Oct. 31. No more than two applicants from a single member organization may be nominated. A panel of industry professionals will review the applications. Recipients will be notified of the panel’s decision by Nov. 15. For the application and details about the program, click here.

IPPE is a collaboration of three shows, International Feed Expo, International Meat Expo and the International Poultry Expo, representing the entire chain of protein production and processing. The event is sponsored by AFIA, NAMI and USPOULTRY.