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Over 20,500 Attendees and 895 Exhibitors at the 2012 International Poultry Expo and International Fe


February 3, 2012
By Kristy Nudds


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January 31, 2012 – The 2012 International Poultry Expo and International Feed Expo drew over 20,500 poultry and feed industry leaders from all over the world. In addition, the show had 895 exhibitors as compared to 900 last year.

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January 31, 2012 – The 2012
International Poultry Expo and International Feed Expo drew over 20,500
poultry and feed industry leaders from all over the world. In addition,
the show had 895 exhibitors as compared to 900 last year.

Sponsored by U.S. Poultry & Egg Association and the American Feed
Industry Association, the annual Expo is the world's largest poultry and
feed industry event of its kind.

"We are very pleased with the number of exhibitors and attendees on the
exhibit floor for IPE/IFE Week," said 2012 USPOULTRY chairman Mark
Waller, Ingram Farms, Cullman, AL. "We have had a great turn-out this
year, and the energy and excitement on the floor has been evident."

The central attraction was the large exhibit floor. Exhibitors presented
the latest innovations in equipment, supplies, and services utilized by
industry firms in the production and processing of poultry, eggs, and
feed products. Many companies use the annual event to highlight their
new products. All phases of the poultry and feed industry were
represented, from live production and processing to further processing
and packaging.

A variety of education sessions complemented the exhibits by keeping
industry management informed on current issues. This year’s educational
line-up featured five new programs. The Executive Conference on the
Future of the American Poultry and Egg Industry drew an extremely large
crowd and featured presentations from Jeff Simmons, president of Elanco
Animal Health; Jim Paulsen, Chief Investment Strategist for Wells
Capital Management; and Dr. Elisabeth Hagen, Under Secretary for Food
Safety, FSIS.

Also new, the Pre-Harvest Food Safety Conference was very well attended.
The conference reviewed the known and unknown issues associated with
the control of food-borne pathogens in pre-harvest operations. Dr.
Elisabeth Hagen, Under Secretary for Food Safety, helped provide the
opening comments for the conference.

The Hatchery-Breeder Clinic provided information on incubation needs for
modern breeds and a disease update for breeders, along with a variety
of other time-sensitive topics. Another popular program, the Animal
Agriculture Sustainability Summit reviewed the challenges and solutions
of animal agriculture stewardship. A distinguished panel participated in
a discussion on sustainability implications for the poultry industry,
including Jim Perdue, Chairman of Perdue Farms, and Mike Helgeson, CEO
of GNP Company.

The College Student Career Program attracted 325 students from 23
universities throughout the United States. The graduating students
interviewed for jobs and internships with 25 industry and allied firms.
They were also able to visit the exhibit floor to see the most current
technology used in today's poultry industry.

New product and service launches, exhibitor-sponsored programs,
organization meetings, the International Poultry Scientific Forum,
Featherfest® activities, publisher-sponsored programs, the Pet Food
Conference, educational sessions on a variety of industry-specific
topics, and once-a-year networking opportunities made the 2012
International Poultry Expo and International Feed Expo an exciting place
to be.

U.S. Poultry & Egg Association is an all-feather organization
representing the complete spectrum of today’s poultry industry, with a
focus on progressively serving member companies through research,
education, communication, and technical assistance. Founded in 1947,
U.S. Poultry & Egg Association is based in Tucker, GA.