Highlights from the American Feed Industry Association's largest annual event
The American Feed Industry Association's 2012 International Feed Expo, organized in conjunction with the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association’s International Poultry Expo, concluded on Jan. 26 in Atlanta. More than 20,500 visitors from 100-plus different countries attended this year’s event supporting the feed, pet food and poultry industries.
The annual trade show and expo, the world's largest event of its kind, housed 895 exhibitors who displayed the latest in products and technologies, while sponsoring associations provided numerous educational programs and international networking opportunities.
"The International Feed Expo is a place for everyone to come together on a global basis and access the latest technology in the marketplace, to receive education on best practices and also share a good networking opportunity with other people in the industry," said Joel Newman, AFIA president & CEO. "With over 20,000 attendees here at the show, it’s the place to be.”
With the establishment of its Information Technology Innovation Award, the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA), in partnership with AgGateway and Feed & Grain magazine, recognizes leading feed and grain industry companies that incorporate new, advanced technologies in their routine business practices to help meet the demand of a rapidly developing world population.
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