The International Production & Processing Expo continues to grow, offering even more for the animal agriculture industry
he International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) continues its pattern of growth going into its 2016 show. The combination of the International Poultry Expo, International Feed Expo, and International Meat Expo broke multiple records in 2015, with 30,350 attendees along with 1,284 exhibitors. In 2016 IPPE sprawls over the A and B Halls at the Georgia World Congress Center and, as of this issue’s printing, has filled 94% of its 456,000 net square feet of exhibit space with more than 1,000 exhibitors.
Those 1,000-plus exhibitors will be showcasing the newest and best equipment, products and services, giving both domestic and international attendees an opportunity to learn about the most technologically advanced products on the market. The feed portion of the show is located in Hall A, and will showcase everything a feed mill could need. This will also be a chance to speak one-on-one with the experts and company representatives who will be standing by ready to answer questions.
Of course, there is more to the expo floor than exhibitors and their offerings. It also gives attendees a chance to talk to peers in the feed industry, along with those in poultry and meat processing. Learn what others in the feed industry are doing both within the United States and abroad, learn more about upcoming regulations and make contacts from around the world.
With so much to do and see at IPPE, scheduling your day can get overwhelming. So, below we’ve highlighted a few educational opportunities that feed industry professionals may want to pencil into their planners.
Veterinary Feed Directive – What you need to know!
Tuesday Jan. 26| 2 - 4 p.m. | Room A-412
The American Feed Industry Association will go over the Veterinary Feed Directive that goes into effect on January 2017. Richard Sellers, AFIA senior vice president of legislative and regulatory affairs, will give attendees a breakdown on what they need to know, and then moderate a panel of experts who will discuss the policy. The session will then wrap up with a Q&A segment. This two-hour session is free to attend and a great way to start off attendees feed education schedule.
FSMA Phase III Training
Wednesday Jan. 27| 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. | Room A-412
The Food Safety Modernization Act looms over the feed industry, with large firms needing to be in compliance with some parts of the law as early as this year. If your facility still needs to take steps toward compliance, or wants to make sure they are all set, the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) is your best resource. This year the AFIA will present its FSMA Phase III Training, which will go over topics, like:
Completing an animal food safety plan;
Current good manufacturing practices;
Developing an effective supply-chain program;
Foreign Supplier Verification Program and third-party rules;
Records for FSMA compliance; and
AFIA’s next steps.
The charge to attend this daylong program is $65 for early bird sign-up or $85 on-site, but it is well worth it if there are any questions regarding the law at your facility. Register at www.ippexpo.org to get the early bird price.
Feed Production – Updates on Issues Impacting your Business
Thursday Jan 28| 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. | Room TBA
Although it deserves a lot of conversation, FSMA is not the only thing feed manufacturers need to evaluate and prepare for in the coming year. AFIA will update attendees on current and upcoming issues that will affect the way they do business. This three-hour program is free for expo attendees and will address:
Regulatory changes from OHSA and EPA;
An update on FDA activities on the new regulatory requirements for the Food Safety Modernization Act;
The Veterinary Feed Directive; and
A presentation on energy management for the feed industry.