FEED Business Worldwide - December, 2011
International Poultry Expo 2012
The 64th annual International Poultry Expo (IPE) 2012 will be held in Atlanta, Georgia at the Georgia World Congress Centre from January 24 to 26, 2012. Co-located with the International Feed Expo (IFE) 2012, IPE 2012 will highlight the latest technology, equipment, and services used in the production and processing of poultry and feed products. As America's biggest agribusiness fair of its kind, it also provides an invaluable venue to network with every segment of the feed and poultry sectors, from feed milling to meat processing and marketing.
In addition, the week of the expo from January 23-27 has been officially designated "IPE Week." It will feature a week of educational programmes addressing current industry issues and innovations. These programmes will include both long-standing conference themes alongside new forums for tackling emerging agribusiness issues.
"IPE Week gives us an opportunity to provide additional education programs, something we have not been able to do in the past," said John Starkey, president of the US Poultry & Egg Association.
The programme schedule for IPE Week includes the International Poultry Scientific Forum, the Pet Food Conference, the Animal Agricultural Sustainability Summit, the Hatchery-Breeder Clinic, and the American Feed Industry Association International Feed Education Programme. New educational programmes include the IPE Pre-Harvest Food Safety Conference, a complement to the 2011 IPE Salmonella and Campylobacter Reduction Conference, as well as the USPOULTRY/United Egg Producers Symposium.
The Animal Agricultural Sustainability Summit will focus on the sustainability of livestock production when faced with the paradoxical combination of scarce feed supplies and growing global food demand. In a similar vein, the USPOULTRY/UEP Egg Producers Symposium will seek to chart the future of America's egg industry.
The International Poultry Expo has long been the world's largest international poultry trade show, with the 2011 edition seeing 903 exhibitors from all segments of the industry, and a total of 20,472 participants, up from 18,896 in 2010. 4,371 of these were international attendees, with 43% of non-US attendees coming from neighbouring Latin America's burgeoning livestock sector.
IPE is also the main source of funding for the US Poultry & Egg Association, the world's largest poultry organisation, representing the entire industry as an "All Feather" association. Funds earned at the IPE are funnelled directly back into the industry in the form of research grants, educational programmes, communications, and technical assistance.
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