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AFIA 2024 conference schedule and online education courses

The lineup of conferences and online education courses offers professionals in the animal feed industry opportunities for networking, insights and educational enrichment

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The American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) has recently released its schedule of conferences and online education courses for the year 2024. These events provide valuable networking opportunities, insights from industry leaders, and educational resources to empower professionals in the animal food industry. Registration for several of these events is already open.

International Feed Expo (Jan. 30-Feb. 1): The AFIA kicks off the 2024 calendar with the International Feed Expo, held at the International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) in Atlanta, Georgia. This event serves as a platform for industry professionals to explore the latest advancements and innovations in feed production. The International Feed Expo will take place from January 30th to February 1st.

Pet Food Conference at IPPE (Jan. 30): In conjunction with the International Feed Expo, the AFIA is organizing the Pet Food Conference at IPPE. This conference focuses specifically on the pet food industry, offering valuable insights and discussions on topics such as pet nutrition, product development, and market trends. The Pet Food Conference will be held on January 30th.

AFIA Feed Education Program at IPPE (Jan. 31): The AFIA Feed Education Program is a must-attend event for individuals seeking to enhance their knowledge and skills in the animal feed industry. Taking place on January 31st at IPPE, this program covers a wide range of topics, including feed formulation, quality control, and regulatory compliance. Participants will gain valuable insights from industry experts and have the opportunity to network with peers.

Feed Your ESG: How feed will help hit sustainability targets at IPPE (Jan. 31): The AFIA recognizes the growing importance of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) considerations in the animal feed industry. To address this, they have organized a session titled "Feed Your ESG: How Feed Will Help Hit Sustainability Targets" at IPPE on January 31st. This session will explore the role of feed in achieving sustainability goals and discuss strategies for implementing sustainable practices in feed production.

U.S. Department of Agriculture-Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service a dialogue and digest at IPPE (Jan. 31): Collaboration between industry stakeholders and regulatory authorities is crucial for ensuring the safety and quality of animal feed. The AFIA, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, is hosting a dialogue and digest session at IPPE on January 31st. This session will provide an opportunity for participants to engage in meaningful discussions with regulatory officials and stay updated on the latest regulations and guidelines.

Purchasing and Ingredient Suppliers Conference (March 12-14): The AFIA's Purchasing and Ingredient Suppliers Conference is a premier event for professionals involved in the procurement and supply of feed ingredients. Held from March 12th to 14th in San Antonio, Texas, this conference offers a platform for industry professionals to network, exchange ideas, and explore the latest trends in ingredient sourcing and procurement.

Food Safety Modernization Act Preventive Controls qualified individual training (June 4-6): Ensuring food safety is of paramount importance in the animal feed industry. The AFIA, in collaboration with industry experts, is organizing the Food Safety Modernization Act Preventive Controls Qualified Individual Training in Nashville, Tennessee, from June 4th to 6th. This training program equips individuals with the necessary knowledge and skills to implement preventive controls and comply with the regulations outlined in the Food Safety Modernization Act.

Feed Industry Institute: The Feed Industry Institute is a comprehensive training program designed for professionals at various stages of their careers in the feed industry. Taking place in Minneapolis, Minnesota, from June 17th to 20th, this program covers a wide range of topics, including feed manufacturing, quality assurance, and regulatory compliance. Participants will have the opportunity to learn from industry experts, engage in interactive workshops, and network with peers.

Liquid Feed Symposium: The Liquid Feed Symposium, scheduled for September 10th to 12th in Salt Lake City, Utah, focuses on the production and utilization of liquid feed products. This symposium provides a platform for industry professionals to discuss the latest advancements, share best practices, and explore new opportunities in the liquid feed sector. Participants will gain valuable insights from industry leaders and have the opportunity to network with peers.

Equipment Manufacturers Conference: The Equipment Manufacturers Conference, held from November 6th to 8th in Bonita Springs, Florida, brings together equipment manufacturers and industry professionals to discuss the latest trends and innovations in feed manufacturing equipment. This conference offers a unique opportunity to learn about cutting-edge technologies, explore new product offerings, and forge strategic partnerships in the equipment manufacturing sector.

AFIA-KSU 500: Fundamentals of Feed Manufacturing online course: In partnership with Kansas State University, the AFIA is offering an online course titled "AFIA-KSU 500: Fundamentals of Feed Manufacturing." This five-week course is designed to provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of feed manufacturing processes, quality control, and regulatory compliance. The course will be offered at different times throughout the year, starting from February 6th to March 12th, April 11th to May 14th, June 4th to July 9th, August 6th to September 10th, and October 10th to November 5th.

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