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Early Bird Rate Extended to Aug. 23 For NGFA/PFI Feed and Pet Food Joint Conference

Date Posted: August 12, 2013

More than 300 industry members are expected to attend the fourth annual Feed and Pet Food Joint Conference, slated Sept. 25-26 in Indianapolis, Ind., by the National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) and the Pet Food Institute (PFI).

To participate, register by Aug. 23 and take advantage of the extended early bird rate of $390.

The Joint Conference, which will take place at the downtown JW Marriott, will focus on the top regulatory, customer, and market issues facing the animal feed and pet food sectors in the coming year.

Given the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) ongoing efforts to implement the expansive Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the program will place a major emphasis on the anticipated regulatory requirements that feed and pet food manufacturers will face under FSMA, as well as the growing demands being made on these industries by their customers. (See the draft program for additional information.)

The event will kick-off with a welcome reception from 5-7 p.m. in the conference’s exhibit hall on Tuesday, Sept. 24. (Spaces are still available to exhibit, for more information see the Sponsorship Menu.)

The Joint Conference’s official program will open Sept. 25 with an in-depth discussion on the anticipated impacts of FDA’s soon-to-be-announced proposed rule under FSMA, which will require feed and pet food manufacturers to conduct a hazard analysis and implement preventive controls to address “reasonably foreseeable” hazards in order to provide assurance that feed and pet food products are safe.

During the session, Brian Waldman, partner at the Washington-based law firm of Arent Fox, will provide legal perspectives on the pending requirements, and industry experts from PFI and NGFA will offer insights and comments on anticipated compliance issues.

Dr. Martine Hartogensis, deputy director, Office of Surveillance and Compliance, FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine will review the status of FSMA rulemaking, as well as the agency’s wide-ranging regulatory and guidance initiatives planned in 2014 for the feed and pet food industries.

Further, NGFA Vice President of Feed Services David Fairfield will discuss work being done by the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance to develop feed and pet food education and training materials designed to facilitate FSMA compliance.

For a look at the Association of American Feed Control Official’s (AAFCO) feed ingredient-approval process and other initiatives underway in the professional organization of state and federal regulators, AAFCO Immediate-Past President Robert Waltz will provide his perspectives.

The feed and pet food safety theme will continue with a presentation by Dr. Benjamin Warren, director of Product Safety and Regulatory Affairs at Land O'Lakes, Inc., on how feed and pet food manufacturers can source raw materials and ingredients that meet desired safety and quality parameters.

The day will conclude with current issues related to genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and an update on the growing number of initiatives that seek to require labeling of GMO feed and pet food products in the United States will be provided by speaker Dr. Cathleen Enright, executive vice president for Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO).

The first day of the conference also will feature sessions on how feed and pet food companies interact with stakeholders, and a look at raw material and ingredient markets.

Andy Vance, staff editor, Markets & Economics at FEEDSTUFFS, will share his perspectives concerning the case for added transparency between feed and pet food companies and their stakeholders.

Max Fisher, NGFA director of economics and government relations, will examine the current status of grain and oilseed supply and demand, and its impact on the availability of raw materials and ingredients for feed and pet food manufacturers.

Industry trends, international issues, and an inside look at the current state of Washington politics will round out the conference program on Sept. 26.

Jim Weisemeyer, senior vice president, Informa Economics, will share his insights on Washington, D.C.’s ever-changing political scene.

Dr. David Meeker, vice president, scientific services, National Renderers Association will join a panel to provide insights on opportunities and challenges within the poultry, pork and rendering sectors and potential impacts on feed and pet food manufacturers.

In addition, staff executives from the National Chicken Council and National Pork Producers Council will join him for the panel discussion.

The conference will conclude with a look at international trade by Karil Kochenderfer, principal, LINKAGES – Global Trade, Government and Public Affairs.

Program, registration and hotel reservation information is available http://www.petfoodinstitute.org/page/JointConference.

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