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2020 AFGA Nutrition Seminar at Bridge Street Towne Centre

By Annual Seminar, Uncategorized

Now is the time to register & become a sponsor of the 2020 AF&GA Nutrition Seminar, which is scheduled for April 22-23, 2020, at the Westin Huntsville in Huntsville, Alabama. The meeting will be co-sponsored by The Alabama Feed & Grain Association and the World’s Poultry Science Association-USA Branch.

The Technical Symposium on the morning of Wednesday, April 22nd, will be sponsored by Chr. Hansen. The seminar program will follow on Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning, with a variety of well-known speakers and industry experts discussing feed-related challenges and opportunities for the poultry industry. The event will conclude with a golf scramble at the Robert Trent Jones golf trail on the afternoon of April 23rd.

  • EARLY REGISTRATION DEADLINE: April 1, 2020
    • Registration fees will increase by $100 after April 1st.
  • INFORMATION PAGE (ONLINE REGISTRATION, AGENDA, SPONSORSHIP INFORMATION):
  • LODGING:
    •  To reserve a room at the Element Hotel using the internet, click here for the group rate of $149/night. The Element is located within the Westin Huntsville. If you would like to call for reservations please call 1-877-782-0151, Marriott BonVoy associates can assist 24 hours. Group code to provide is ( AFE ).

For additional program details or questions, contact:

Edna Waller | edna@alabamafeedandgrain.com

Curran Gehring | curran@tuckermilling.com

Alex Corzo | acorzo@aviagen.com

Benton Hudson | bhudson@aviagen.com

USPOULTRY Recognizes Mark Waller as Industry Workhorse of the Year

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Contact Gwen Venable, 678.514.1971 gvenable@uspoultry.org

ATLANTA, Ga. – Jan. 27, 2020 – Mark Waller, sales and processing director for Ingram Farms, was named USPOULTRY’s Workhorse of the Year during the International Poultry Expo, part of the 2020 International Production & Processing Expo. The poultry industry’s most prestigious honor is awarded annually in recognition of dedicated service and valuable leadership given to the Association and poultry industry. 

Waller was “collared” with the long-established horse collar by 2019 Workhorse of the Year recipient, Mike Robach, retired vice president, Corporate Food Safety, Quality & Regulatory for Cargill. He was also presented with a commemorative plaque. 

“We are honored to recognize Mark with this special award and acknowledge his many contributions to the poultry industry. We are deeply appreciative of his efforts on behalf of the Association, the USPOULTRY Foundation, and the industry,” remarked John Prestage, senior vice president, Prestage Farms, and outgoing USPOULTRY chairman. 

Waller is a graduate of Mississippi State University where he received his Bachelor of Science in Poultry Science. Prior to joining Ingram Farms in 1998, he was with Tyson Foods for 19 years where he served as processing plant manager and complex manager. 

Throughout his time in the poultry industry, Mark has been active in the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY), Arkansas Poultry Federation and the Alabama Poultry & Egg Association. He is a past chairman of USPOULTRY and has served on the board of directors since 2005. He served on the executive committee of the Alabama Poultry & Egg Association from 1995 to 2000 and was president from 1998 to 1999. He also served on the executive committee of the Alabama Feed & Grain Association, where he chaired several committees and was instrumental in setting up the financial Association scholarship investment portfolio. 

“Mark is one of those individuals, through his volunteerism, who has had not only a tremendous impact on USPOULTRY and our Foundation but the industry as a whole. He changed our industry. We are most grateful to him,” said John Starkey, president of USPOULTRY. 

U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY) is the all-feather organization representing the complete spectrum of today’s poultry industry, whose mission is to progressively serve member companies through research, education, communication, and technical assistance. Founded in 1947, USPOULTRY is based in Tucker, Georgia.

Waller Named 2020 USPOULTRY Workhorse of the Year From left: John Starkey, president of USPOULTRY; Mike Robach, retired vice president, Corporate Food Safety, Quality & Regulatory for Cargill; Mark Waller, sales and processing director for Ingram Farms; and John Prestage, senior vice president, Prestage Farms, and outgoing USPOULTRY chairman

 

Seminar Committee Receives USPOULTRY Lamplighter Award

By Awards, News

Contact: Gwen Venable, 678.514.1971, gvenable@uspoultry.org

Atlanta, Ga. – Jan. 27, 2020 – Three members of U.S. Poultry & Egg Association’s Feed Mill Management Seminar planning committee received the organization’s Lamplighter Award during the 2020 International Poultry Expo, part of the International Production & Processing Expo. It is a different approach to the annual Lamplighter Award in recognizing a group of individuals – members of the Feed Mill Management Seminar planning committee – with continued personal involvement for more than the last two decades. The Lamplighter Award is presented for “sustained and exemplary service” to the poultry and egg industry.
“We are pleased to recognize their enduring service in one of our longest-running and most popular industry seminars. These individuals represent a legacy of service of many more who have made significant contributions to the seminar over the years and to whom we are also grateful,” said John Prestage, Prestage Farms, and outgoing USPOULTRY chairman, while making the presentations. 

This year’s honorees are:

Frank Garczynski, Koch Foods – Frank is a graduate of Michigan Technology University where he received his BS in Engineering Administration. He began his career with Cargill, operating both commercial and integrated operations. He has also worked with OK Foods, Peco Foods, Choctaw Maid Farms and Zacky Farms, as well as operated his Feed Mill Improvement Consulting Service. He currently serves as mill manager for Koch Foods Feed Mill in Morton, Mississippi, which received the American Feed Industry Association’s “Feed Facility of the Year” award for 2018 and 2019. 

In addition to being an enthusiastic supporter of USPOULTRY programs, having spoken or presided at the Feed Mill Management Seminar many times, Bob is also serving as vice president for the Mississippi Feed and Grain Association for 2020. 

Larry Hooper, Cobb-Vantress – Larry received his BS in agricultural business from Middle Tennessee State University. He started his career as an extension agent with the University of Georgia and then a feed mill manager for Tyson Foods. For 21 years, he served as feed mill manager for Perdue Farms in Livermore, Kentucky. He is currently senior feed mill manager for Cobb-Vantress in Kinards, S.C. Larry has been an enthusiastic supporter of USPOULTRY programs, having spoken or presided in addition to serving on the planning committee for the annual Feed Mill Management Seminar. 

Richard Obermeyer, Aviagen – Richard is a graduate of Northwest Florida State College where he received an associate degree in business administration. He began his career with Showell Farms, now Perdue Farms, as a feed mill manager. He is currently director of feed production for Aviagen, 

responsible for overseeing the production of bio-secure feed for all of Aviagen’s North American operations. Richard has also been an enthusiastic supporter of USPOULTRY programs, having spoken or presided at the Feed Mill Management Seminar many times in addition to helping plan the annual Feed Mill Management Seminar.

U.S. Poultry & Egg Association is the all-feather organization representing the complete spectrum of today’s poultry industry, whose mission is to progressively serve member companies through research, education, communication and technical assistance. Founded in 1947, U.S. Poultry & Egg Association is based in Tucker, Georgia.

Seminar Committee Receives USPOULTRY Lamplighter Award (Left to right): John Prestage, Prestage Farms, and outgoing USPOULTRY chairman; Frank Garczynski, Larry Hooper; Richard Obermeyer; and John Starkey, president of USPOULTRY