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AFIA Expo 05 - AFIA Educational Forum Schedule of Events


9 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Fall Protection
Presenter: Bob Babin, product manager, Fall Protection Systems, Inc.
An examination of the need for fall protection systems and the latest options available for one’s operation. Discussion will include the pros and cons of different systems. Helpful hints on how to fulfill employee training and achieve OSHA compliance.

Effective Hiring Practices
Presenter: Andy Thulin, department head, Animal Sciences, Cal Poly
Thulin, who has helped place hundreds of students with leading agribusiness companies, shares his vision of recruiting, hiring and retaining winners.

Practicing what we Preach
Presenters: Dennis Griffin, Griffin Industries; Steven Collier, Fieldale Farms; Mike Horn, Pennfield Corp.
This panel will present case studies on the value of implementing AFIA’s Safe Feed/Safe Food Certification Program in their businesses and lessons learned.

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Presenter: Dick Sampson, Columbia/Okura
Sampson discusses how advances in bag stacking technology can increase productivity and profitability. The session will explore manual vs. mechanical and outlines methods, savings, safety, ergonomics and cost.

Built to Last
Presenter: Fred Fairchild, Kansas State University
Find out how to make the right decisions when selecting conveyors, augers, bucket elevators, catwalks, spouting, gates, hoppers, and bin repair and replacement.

EU Regulations for Safe Animal Feed
Presenter: Claudia van den Berg, regulatory affairs manager, TNO Quality Life
The new EU regulations for feed hygiene go into effect January 1, 2006. Van den Berg will discuss how these will affect feed, ingredients and pet food exported from the US to the EU.

11:00 a.m. – Noon

Advanced Pelleting Concepts
Presenter: Keith Behnke, Kansas State University
Behnke will address the theoretical and known interactions between pelleting variables (grind, conditioning, die design and formula ingredients), and how they affect pellet quality and throughput rate.

Defensive Driving
Presenter: Lee Evenson, Smith Systems
Evenson identifies the variables that lead to trucking accidents. This session will focus on establishing effective driver safety training and best practices.
Improving Feed Businesses with Global eBusiness Standards
Presenter: Greg Rowe, director, business development, Uniform Code Council; Rod Conner, RAPID
How to use standard eBusiness technology to improve your company’s data flow and traceability through the supply chain


8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Current Issues
Presenter: AFIA staff
AFIA staff will give an update on critical issues impacting today’s feed industry.

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Managing the Hidden Factors of Energy Costs
Presenter: Tim Powell, Hughes Machinery Co.
Powell identifies the hidden costs of energy and offers tips on improving your company’s energy efficiency, with a focus on electrical and fuel usage.

Recent Advances in Amino Acid Nutrition of Lactating Dairy Cows
Presenter: Charles Schwab, University of New Hampshire
Schwab will present recent dairy nutrition research, which earned him the AFIA/American Dairy Science Association Nutrition Research Award.

How will FDA’s Proposed Animal Feed Safety System Affect Your Business?
Presenter: George Graber, deputy director, Office of Surveillance & Compliance, FDA
An update on FDA’s efforts to build a comprehensive, risk-based Animal Feed Safety System.

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Panel Discussion: Surviving an OSHA Inspection
Presenters: Ken Klausner, ADM Alliance Nutrition; Ken Hoover, Cargill, Inc.; Rich Galutia, JW Safety Management & Training; Steve Gross, Kemin Agrifoods, NA
The panel discusses experiences with OSHA inspections, accidents and near misses.

Innovative Nutrition Concepts for Companion Animals
Presenter: Greg Aldrich, president, Pet Food & Ingredient Technology
Aldrich discusses emerging nutritional concepts for dogs and cats, including nanonutrients, nutritionally modified behavior and low-carb diets.

Presenter: Tim Herrman, Texas A&M University
The competitive feed industry necessitates that management use effective benchmarking tools to compare performance to competitors. This session demonstrates a tool that is available online via a partnership between AFIA, Texas A&M and Kansas State University.

11:00 a.m. – Noon

EXPO 05 Keynote Address
Presenter: John Johnson, president & CEO, CHS
Johnson will discuss achieving a strong, consistent record of success.

Noon – 2:00 p.m.
Winner’s Circle Lunch

AFIA will present awards. Following this presentation, Joel Newman, AFIA president, will provide an update on the state of AFIA.

Luncheon keynote address: Ted Waitman, president, California Pellet Mill. He will focus on 10 Non-Traditional Ways of Improving Feed Mill Profitability.


9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Regulatory Roadblocks to Global Competition
Presenter: Kristin Schmitz, senior staff veterinarian, USDA/APHIS
Schmitz will discuss regulatory hurdles when exporting pet food, animal feed and ingredients. Topics include EU certification, exporting to Canada, status of beef exports to Japan, Australian poultry rules, implications of Avian Influenza to global exports, BSE status in the U.S. and Canada; and the EU’s leverage over importation of feedstuffs into EU countries.

Feed Quality/Safety Tools Available for Feed Operations
Presenters: Henry Turlington, quality director, North American Nutrition Co.; and Dave Taylor, Kolimat, Inc.
A description of new feed quality tools, such as AFIA’s Quality Management System and Safe Feed/Safe Food Certification, and HACCP certification.

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Managing Business in a New Commodity World
Presenter: Richard Brock, president, Brock Associates
In an era when many though commodity prices were inflating, the opposite has occurred. Can the trend continue and what impact will ethanol plants have on the market? Where is the bottom in the grain market?

Arginine Nutrition in Neonatal Pigs
Presenter: Guoyao Wu, Texas A&M University
Wu will detail the research that earned him last year’s AFIA/American Society of Animal Science Non-Ruminant Nutrition Research Award.

Effects of Maternal Nutrition on Intestinal Growth, Development & Vascularity in Ruminants
Presenter: Joel Caton, North Dakota State University
Caton will present research that won him the AFIA/American Society of Animal Science Ruminant Nutrition Research Award in 2004.

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