ATLANTA, GA, US – The International Production and Processing Show (IPPE) returns to an in-person event in January with a feed program that will focus on regulatory changes and provide an industry outlook for 2022.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 event was only hypothetical. The 2022 in-person event will be from January 25-27 at the Georgia World Convention Center in Atlanta, Georgia, United States. Organizers said they look forward to welcoming visitors from all over the world.
“The United States has announced that travel restrictions for international visitors who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 will be eased in November,” the IPPE Expo said. “We look forward to welcoming both domestic and international attendees to the 2022 IPPE.”
The IPPE 2022 conference will include a full week of educational programming, including new technology, events on the show floor and networking opportunities with key leaders in the animal food, meat and poultry industries. This event brings together expertise from the American Feed Industry Association, the North American Meat Institute and the American Poultry and Egg Association.
Returning to an in-person event, the IPPE is taking measures to prevent any spread of COVID-19 or African Swine Fever. IPPE is monitoring changing conditions and will follow COVID-19 status guidelines and adjust operations on site as necessary.
Several safety initiatives will be incorporated, including encouraging participant vaccination, encouraging masks for unvaccinated participants, frequent disinfection, hand sanitizing stations, and social distancing where appropriate.
To guard against the spread of ASF, higher levels of biosecurity will be put in place, including requiring all international travelers to stay out of contact with pigs and other livestock or poultry for at least five days prior to visiting the IPPE. In addition, the conference center will have foot cleaning mats and handwashing dispensers.
The IPPE prohibits the distribution of any loose or packaged samples of feed ingredients or additives. If any of these items are displayed, they should be placed in airtight containers and taken away at the end of the event.
AFIA’s Free Forage Education Program is planned for 8-10 a.m. on January 26 and will brief attendees on recent changes within several federal agencies and provide an outlook for the animal food industry for 2022. The program is ideal for animal food facility managers, operations, and mill employees wishing to Learn about the latest regulatory requirements that affect their business.
said Gary Huddleston, director of feed manufacturing and regulatory affairs at AFIA. “The AFIA Feed Education Program will keep industry stakeholders informed of potential regulations changes.”
The featured speaker will focus on the importance of having a written pandemic policy. The agenda also includes updates on what the industry can expect in 2022 from the Food and Drug Administration, including inspection plans; Occupational Safety and Health Administration, such as new workforce requirements; And the Environmental Protection Agency, such as new climate regulations.
AFIA will provide an update on the Feed Facility Program of the Year and the nomination of the 2021 Commercial Feed Facility Award Winner, as well as a discussion of new educational tools for feed manufacturers.
Several topics are on the agenda of the AFIA’s Pet Food Conference on January 25, including pet food labeling, export trends, industry human resources, regulatory updates, and best practices for dealing with cybersecurity and ransomware. AFIA will also announce the winner of the annual Friend of Pet Food award at the conference.
“We are thrilled to bring the pet food industry together once again,” said Louise Calderwood, AFIA’s Director of Regulatory Affairs. “Since the last in-person conference in 2020, a lot has changed – sustainability has risen to become a top priority, concerns about cyber security and ransomware attacks have increased due to recent events and major changes to pet food labels due to new consumer preferences are shaking things up. The 2022 Conference on Pet Food will bring back Connect with hundreds of pet food professionals and study the new landscape in which we operate.”
Caroline Kennedy, an independent consultant with EAS Consulting Group, will discuss “Pet Food Classification: Human Grade or Not.” Gina Tombarillo, AFIA’s Director of International Policy and Trade, will examine AFIA’s support for pet food exports.
Dave Edwards, director of the FDA’s Animal Feed Division, will present the federal regulatory update while John Hoffman, a senior research fellow at the University of Minnesota, and Todd Rayner, the FBI’s supervisory special agent, will discuss cybersecurity and ransomware.
The conference is from 8 am to 5:30 pm and includes breakfast and lunch. An early bird price of $105 is available through January 7, after which the price increases to $150.
Other educational opportunities include “Business Continuity in Times of Turmoil: Lessons Learned in the Feed Industry” from 10am to 12pm on January 26. The cost is $55 before January 7 and $75 after that.
The AFIA Nutrition Committee will host the program that focuses on challenges and opportunities for the industry in the face of disruptions, such as global epidemics or foreign animal diseases.
On January 25, the Feed Strategy Conference: Poultry, Nutrition and Health Trends will consider the economic and nutritional issues affecting poultry and feed production for 2022. It will consider global protein trends for successful antibiotic-free production strategies. This event is suitable for stakeholders in the poultry and feed industry who want insights into critical issues affecting the productivity and profitability of their poultry operations. The cost is $150 before January 7 and $200 after that.
Sustainability is once again a hot topic at IPPE with the Animal Agriculture Sustainability Summit from 9am to 12pm on January 25. The event is free with trade fair admission.
Representatives from the meat, poultry and animal feed industries will share details about developing industry programs or tools to advance their goals of producing more protein in a sustainable way.
Environmental impact will also be in focus with the session on “Environmental Commitments and Considerations” from 8:30-10am on January 27. The event is free with trade fair entry. This session will explore aspects of a successful Environmental Improvement Program and provide real-world examples and best practices across industries.
Another free session from 8:30 to 10 a.m. on January 26 will examine “The Future of Labor and Workforce Issues.” Bidders will cover the biggest pressure points in 2022 and how to mitigate them. From embracing automation to understanding regulatory changes in worker safety, this session will take a look at a variety of issues affecting the workplace today.