The 55th National Meeting on Poultry Health, Processing, and Live Production, presented by Delmarva Poultry Industry, Inc., will be an all-virtual event, conducted through the free Zoom virtual conferencing platform. Encouraged and inspired by other virtual meetings and conferences, DPI has planned an exciting and informative event you can attend from your home or office. For one low $99 registration fee (just $49 for chicken growers that are DPI members), the entire slate of speakers and discussions is available, along with archived video access.

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55th National Meeting on Poultry Health, Processing, and Live Production - Virtual
Monday September 28, 2020 - Wednesday September 30, 2020
Veterinarians, processing facility managers, quality assurance managers and supervisors, grow-out managers, live production managers, flock supervisors, growers, pharmaceutical representatives, allied businesses, government regulators and officials, research faculty, university extension and others involved in the poultry industry.
The full registration cost is just one fee this year - $99, which provides access to all three days of the virtual meeting. And this year we are offering a special rate for DPI grower members - only $49!
Sponsorship Opportunities
DPI is offering several sponsorship opportunities during the National Meeting on Poultry Health, Processing, and Live Production's virtual events. Your company's name and logo can be displayed in marketing materials, on screen during Q&A sessions and webinars, and in registration emails sent to every attendee - in addition to several other sponsorship options. For information on sponsorship levels, click here or contact Maureen Duffy, DPI's member relations manager, at
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Download the agenda as a PDF. - The agenda is subject to change.

 Monday, September 28, 2020 | Opening Session

Time Presentation/Event
10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. COVID Impacts on the Protein Supply Chain
  • Dr. Jayson Lusk (Purdue University) - COVID-19, Consumers & the Food Supply Chain
  • Will Sawyer (CoBank) - COVID-19 Impact to the U.S. Animal Protein Sector
  • Q&A
Environmental Concerns
  • Dr. Frank Mitloehner (UC Davis) - Air Quality Impacts of Animal Agriculture
  • Dr. David Graham (Newcastle University) - Complexities in Understanding Antibiotic Resistance Across Animal and Environmental Systems
  • Q&A

 Tuesday, September 29, 2020 | Processing Session

Time Presentation/Event
8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. COVID-19 Lessons Learned
  • Ashley Peterson (National Chicken Council) - Industry Perspective
  • Scott Brueck (CDC) - Outcomes and Recommendations from Plant Inspections
  • Jonathan Bearr (OSHA) - Employee Safety Precautions, post COVID-19
  • Q&A
FSIS Policy Updates
  • Rachel Edelstein (USDA-FSIS) - FSIS Policy Updates
  • Q&A
Future Technology & Automation in Poultry Processing
  • Dr. Ai-Ping Hu (Georgia Tech) - Robotic Poultry Deboning: In-Plant Results
  • Dr. Colin Usher (Georgia Tech) - Robotics for Augmenting Live Production Management
  • Q&A

 Tuesday, September 29, 2020 | Poultry Health Session

Time Presentation/Event
1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Lameness in Poultry Session
  • Dr. Grant Mason (Aviagen) - Structural Perspective
  • Dave Burnham (House of Raeford) - Nutritional Perspective
  • Doug Rhoads (University of Arkansas) - An Evaluation Model for Developing Management Strategies to Reduce Bacterial Lameness in Broiler Chickens
  • Milos Markis (AviServe)
  • Q&A
Infectious Bronchitis Session
  • Coronavirus Review: Dr. Mark Jackwood (University of Georgia)
  • IBV Field Experiences: Dr. David French (University of Georgia)
  • IBV Field Experiences: Dr. Kurt Dobson (George's Inc.)
  • Q&A
LPAI/HPAI 2019 Outbreak Session
  • Mike Martin (North Carolina Department of Agriculture)
  • Dr. Julie Helm (Clemson University)
  • Q&A

 Wednesday, September 30, 2020 | Live Production Session

Time Presentation/Event
8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Optimizing Chick Quality and Brooding Conditions Session
  • Managing Incubation to Produce High-Quality Chicks: Eddie Van Lierde (Aviagen)
  • Platinum Brooding Practices: Dr. Stewart Ritchie (Canadian Poultry Consultants & S.J. Ritchie Research Farms)
  • Q&A
Best Farm Practices Session
  • Recognizing Animal Welfare and Future Monitoring Technology: Dr. Karen Christiansen (Tyson Foods)
  • How Poultry Farmers Can Be Good Neighbors: Jenny Rhodes and Dr. Jon Moyle (University of Maryland Extension)
  • Q&A
Outstanding Flock Supervisor Awards
Broiler Disease
  • Recognition of Common Broiler Diseases and Case Scenarios: Dr. Dan Bautista (Zoetis)
  • Q&A

Full Conference Registration

Registration for the full conference is $99.

DPI Grower Member Discounted Registration

Registration is $49 for DPI grower members. Your membership will be verified after registration.

Thank you to all our sponsors for your generous support of this meeting!

Platinum Sponsors

Merck Animal Health is committed to preserving and improving the health and well-being of animals through science. Our portfolio of products and services help deliver a safe, affordable and sustainable food supply to our customers around the world.
After all, this is your life and your legacy. And at Merck Animal Health, we get it. That's why we bring passion and integrity, inspired by a culture of science of innovation, to everything we do.
Merck Animal Health's newest innovation is Innovax ND-IBD and Innovax ND-ILT which provides safe, effective and long-lasting protection against multiple infectious diseases in one administration. Coccivac B52 and Safeguard Aquasol offer proven protection against endoparasites affecting chickens. That's how Merck Animal Health works for you.
Boehringer Ingelheim is committed to improving animal health through a global network of veterinarians and poultry health experts with decades of experience. They bring industry knowledge, technical support and customized solutions that help improve overall production and profitability to the poultry industry.
The primary mission of Boehringer Ingelheim is helping poultry producers feed the world with meat and eggs that are not only abundant and cost-effective, but also of the best possible quality. With markets shifting toward preventive approaches, their legacy in biologics, guides development of vaccines to help safeguard the integrity of its customers' products.
Boehringer offers a comprehensive selection of vaccines and delivery systems that deliver unsurpassed protection for many important poultry health challenges. These include vaccines, like VAXXITEK® HVT+IBD which is an innovative, safe and effective vector vaccine that provides early protection against classic, variant, and very virulent pathotypes of IBD virus and Marek's disease.
MidAtlantic Farm Credit is the expert in rural lending. As part of a nationwide cooperative system, Farm Credit has been financing farms, agribusinesses, land, equipment, construction, and homes for more than 100 years. Their capacity to lend means that they can provide custom-tailored loan packages for just about any size business operation. Farm Credit's expertise in marketing, processing, distribution, commodity production and other ventures is exactly what you need for the success of your operation.
In addition to loans, Farm Credit has a full package of services designed to help you manage both your business and finances. These services include crop insurance to manage your risk in the field, Farm Credit EXPRESS equipment financing at dealerships, equipment leasing, and specialized technology like mobile apps and online banking designed to help you save time.
So whether you're a farmer, just want a few acres in the country, or are purchasing a home in the suburbs - Farm Credit can help finance your dreams! Want to know more? Visit or call 888.339.3334.
Since 1923, Aviagen has established itself as the world's leading poultry breeding company, developing pedigree lines for the production of commercial broiler chickens under the Arbor Acres, Indian River, and Ross brand names. The Rowan Range and Specialty Males are specialty breeding stock from Aviagen that offer greater flexibility for customers to meet specific or niche market requirements. The company is based in Huntsville, Alabama, USA with a number of wholly-owned operations across the United Kingdom, Europe, Turkey, Latin America, India, Australia, New Zealand, and the U.S., and joint ventures in Asia. Aviagen employs more than 4,600 people and has a distribution network serving customers in more than 100 countries
Best Veterinary Solutions is a leader in innovative animal health solutions from the world's highest quality manufacturers.
The mission of BVS is to manufacture and supply products and give support to customers, helping them do the best possible job of caring for their animals at the most reasonable cost.
Best Veterinary Solutions and its goals are driven by its people, process, products and commitment to the industry.
United Animal Health is a global Ag Biosciences company based in the United States, providing nutrition and health products for livestock producers worldwide. With great attention to biosecurity, we employ more than 350 people who protect the national swine herd and our customers' farms.
Our products are born from field intel, grounded in science, and proven on our commercial research farms - in an environment just like yours.
With solutions for the swine, dairy and poultry industries, we feed the animals that feed the world.
As the world population continues to expand and the demand for protein soars, food producers are turning to Kemin for innovative solutions. We believe raising healthy livestock and poultry is more important now than ever before, and we are delivering products and services that help consumers achieve optimal nutrition, feed quality, gut health and pathogen control - all while maximizing the profitability of our customers.
The discoveries and work we do in our laboratories help to improve our customers' bottom line while meeting the ever-changing landscape of consumer expectations. Kemin solutions are strengthening safety throughout various stages of the food chain, improving animal nutrition via enhanced ingredient utilization and developing new solutions focused on improving overall animal health.

Session Panel Sponsors

Evonik is one of the world's leading specialty chemicals companies. The central elements of our strategy for sustained value creation are profitable growth, efficiency and values. In 2019 Evonik's more than 32,000 employees generated sales of €13.1 billion.
One of the three operative segments of Evonik is the Nutrition & Care Segment which makes products for applications in consumer goods for everyday needs, in animal nutrition, and in the health care industry. This segment is divided into seven Business Lines where Animal Nutrition is the one active in the food and animal feed market, one of Evonik's key end markets.
Evonik Animal Nutrition is a highly reliable, globally operating provider of science-driven products and services for sustainable and efficient production of meat, fish, eggs and milk. The organization is marked by scientific excellence and sensitivity to the needs of our customers and society.
Zoetis would like to thank everyone in the poultry industry who is working hard to deliver healthy, safe, and affordable chicken to consumers. The team at Zoetis is focused on ensuring poultry producers have the products, services and solutions they need to continue to meet that need. As the global leader in animal health, Zoetis can support and collaborate with you at every stage. From reliable in ovo vaccination and automation in the hatchery, to the latest advances in vaccines and industry leading feed additives, Zoetis stands ready to support you at every stage.

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