Growers Invited to Newly Combined Poultry Spring Symposium and Ozark Poultry Growers Symposium
The Poultry Federation and Poultry Partners, Inc. are bringing the two organizations’ annual symposiums together at the 2012 Annual Spring Symposium on Wednesday, April 25, 2012, at the John Q. Hammons Convention Center in Rogers, AR. Poultry growers are invited to attend free-of-charge.
For the past several years, each organization held their own conference and vendor trade show within one week of each other. This year the Ozark Poultry Growers Symposium will co-locate with the Annual Spring Symposium.
Poultry growers are invited to participate in any and all sessions of the conference, including the vendor trade show, along with live production personnel, service technicians and grow-out managers. In addition, lunch and dinner will be provided for growers.
The vendor trade show is scheduled to begin at 7:00 a.m. and will be open until 4:30 p.m. General session is scheduled for 8:15 a.m. until 11:45 a.m. and will continue with the service technician awards until noon. Following lunch, breakout sessions run concurrently and attendees may choose which session to attend: broiler, turkey, hatchery, or breeder. A full schedule of events can be downloaded from The Poultry Federation website: www.ThePoultryFederation.com.
A dedicated session for growers will begin at 3:00 p.m., which will be followed by grower discussions at 5:15 p.m., and dinner at 5:30 p.m. Topics and speakers for the 3:00 p.m. Grower Session include:
-Why 7-Day Performance is Important and How Do We Optimize It? by Dr. Leonard Fussell, Cobb-Vantress
-Opportunities for Improving Poultry House Efficiency by Michael Czarick, UGA
-Update on EPA Farm Inspections by Jamie Burr, Tyson Foods
Oklahoma growers will be able to earn their annual state-required class requirements (three hours) by attending the event.
The combined vendor trade shows will create one of the largest local poultry trade shows in Northwest Arkansas. The trade show has over 50 exhibitors and over 400 attendees. The vendor exhibits will be combined on one large show floor in the Grand Ballroom of the convention center. The operations of the combined conference are being handled out of The Poultry Federation office in Little Rock.
To register for this free symposium, growers are asked to contact The Poultry Federation office at 501-375-8131 or by calling the University of Arkansas Poultry Science Center at 479-575-7118. Online registration is also available at: www.ThePoultryFederation.com. Seats are limited and pre-registration is encouraged.
“The Poultry Federation is very pleased about joining forces with Poultry Partners, Inc. on this event,” stated Marvin Childers, President. “Combining the conference and vendor show is something our industry members and exhibitors have discussed for several years. The consolidation will allow us to build on the synergies of the two organizations, as well as provide a benefit to the industry.”
“Poultry Partners, Inc. is very excited about combing the two spring symposiums,” commented Bev Saunders, Manager. The consolidation will provide a more diverse event for area growers and allow for more educational opportunities for attendees. We encourage all poultry growers to attend and take advantage of the offerings.”
The Poultry Federation is a tri-state trade association representing the poultry and egg industries in Arkansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma. Offices are located in Little Rock, AR, Jefferson City, MO, and Oklahoma City, OK. Contact the Little Rock office at 501-375-8131 for additional information or visit www.thepoultryfederation.com.
Poultry Partners, Inc. is a grassroots coalition of family farmers whose mission is to band together to ensure survival of the family farm and our rural communities. Poultry Partners is an organization that supports poultry farmers with a voice in issues that concern growers as well as offering workshops and outreach education meetings. Since its inception in March of 2005, PPI has hosted more than 50 educational meetings with more than 2,000 growers attending. Assistance has ranged from legal and environmental issues to energy efficiency and lighting programs and much more. For more information visit: www.poultrypartners.com.