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September 22, 2016 | American Feed Industry Association

AFIA Liquid Feed Symposium Breaks 200 in Attendance

The conference is the country's largest gathering of liquid supplement leaders

The American Feed Industry Association's 46th annual Liquid Feed Symposium rocked Memphis, Tennessee, Sept. 13-15, breaking 200 in attendance numbers. Last year's symposium was slightly below the milestone number.

University of Florida's Kevin Folta said genetic improvement is a human mediated process and it gives us better product, process and yield.

The conference, themed "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On," is the country's largest gathering of liquid supplement leaders in manufacturing, nutrition, quality, sales and marketing, and offers high-quality speaker presentations, research funding reports, achievement recognition and the Liquid Feed Symposium Trade Show.

Kevin Folta, professor and chairman of the Horticultural Sciences Department at the University of Florida, spoke on the "Role of Science in Practical Ag." Folta said the goal for his keynote presentation was to educate the symposium attendees on how to gain a foothold on the GMO conversation and why it is important in agriculture to actively participate in the conversation. 

"Most voices in the GMO conversation are not conventional agriculture--they have agendas," stated Folta.

With the first Food Safety Modernization Act implementation date days away (at the time of the event), Henry Turlington, Ph.D., AFIA's director and quality, education and training, addressed the crowd on the "need to knows" to be in compliance. 

Other presenters included: Jeffrey Bewley, Ph.D., University of Kentucky; Randy Blach, Cattle Fax; Mike Brouk, Ph.D., Kansas State University; John Cropley, ED&F Man; Donal Day, Ph.D., Louisiana State University; Art Douglas, Ph.D., Creighton University; Galen Erickson, Ph.D., University of Nebraska; Dave Lalman, Ph.D., Oklahoma State University; Phillip Lancaster, Ph.D., University of Florida; Ty Lawrence, Ph.D., West Texas A&M; Randy Lessman, Midwest Ag Supplements, LLC; Matt Poore, Ph.D., North Carolina State University; Richard Sellers, American Feed Industry Association; and Doug Stanton, IMI Global.

A panel also convened to discuss "Liquid Feed Industry Pioneers." Former Liquid Feed Hall of Fame honorees Dave Caldwell, Ph.D., Tom Geary and Hollis Klett, Ph.D., led the discussion moderated by Randy Davis, former Liquid Feed Committee chairman.

"I always have high expectations for this event, from program quality to networking opportunities. But this year's symposium was a step above! The committee did a great job selecting a range of topics that were relevant and timely, the speakers were informative and thought-provoking and the 'industry pioneers' panel added a wonderful perspective," said Cathy Bandyk of Westway Feed.

Wes Klett of Anipro Xtraformance Feeds agreed, saying, "I have been attending this symposium for the last 20 years and can say that this year's program was the most diverse, informative and well organized that I've attended." 

During the symposium, William Hillis, Ph.D., was inducted into the Liquid Feed Hall of Fame. Funds were also raised for the Kenny Berg Research & Education Fund, which funds feed industry-specific projects conducted by land-grant universities and colleges. 

The 47th annual Liquid Feed Symposium will take place in Louisville, Kentucky, Sept. 12-14, 2017.

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