November 20, 2015


Animal Agriculture Sustainability Summit at 2016 IPPE




The 8th annual Animal Agriculture Sustainability Summit will be held during the 2016 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, it was announced Thursday, Nov. 19.


The US Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY), which is one of the IPPE organisers, said it will sponsor the summit, a half-day program that will be held Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016, at 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. It will be free to all IPPE attendees.


USPOULTRY said the program would be timely in that it would compare the sustainability of today's poultry industry to the past and provide viewpoints from industry and agriculture experts on sustainability and why it matters to the animal agriculture industry.


The summit would also highlight the poultry industry sustainability workgroup's efforts to develop a sustainability assessment program to identify measureable indicators that can gauge industry's efforts to maintain and improve its sustainability. 


This year's Animal Agriculture Sustainability Summit will include a presentation by Dr. Marty Matlock and Dr. Greg Thoma, both of the University of Arkansas, on "Retrospective Analysis of US Poultry Production – A 50 Year Comparison of the Meat Bird Industry."


Sustainability of layer industry


Dr. Joy Mench, of the University of California, Davis, will discuss "The Sustainability of the Layer Industry - Laying Hen Housing Research - The Coalition for Sustainable Egg Supply."


Dr. Claudia Dunkley, University of Georgia, will review a "Carbon Footprint Tool for Poultry and Egg Producers," and a panel discussion by the Poultry & Egg Sustainability Workgroup will provide an update on the Poultry and Egg Industry Sustainability Assessment Program.


The summit will conclude with a ceremony honoring the winners of USPOULTRY's 2016 Family Farm Environmental Excellence Award.


IPPE is the world's largest annual poultry, meat and feed industry event of its expected to attract more than 28,000 attendees. It is a collaboration of three trade shows-International Feed Expo, International Poultry Expo and International Meat Expo-representing the entire chain of protein production and processing.


Besides USPOULTRY, IPPE is sponsored by the American Feed Industry Association and North American Meat Institute.-Rick Alberto

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