The pandemic did not slow or stop the forward progress of technology. Keeping up with these newly developed technologies and scientific innovations for poultry production and processing continues to be crucial. Poultry Tech Summit focuses on the transition of innovative technologies into commercial applications to advance the poultry industry.

Join an exclusive gathering of industry-changing innovators, researchers, entrepreneurs, technology experts, investors and leading poultry producers at the 2022 edition of Poultry Tech Summit on October 30-November 1 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Attendees can expect the same groundbreaking innovation and insightful presentations that made the previous events well-attended with deep dialogue on new prospective solutions and next-generation technologies.

>> Registration is now open with early savings available until Sept. 30

Agenda preview:

  • Computer vision applications for counting, weighing eggs
  • Optimize poultry house environmental controls with AI
  • Automate and predict bird weights with IoT
  • Solving the chick sexing conundrum
  • Egg yolk feed additive promotes poultry gut health
  • Rapid identification, quantification of poultry pathogens
  • Poultry scalder filtration for pathogen reduction
  • Traceability in poultry supply chain transport logistics
  • Solve automation challenges at the poultry farm
  • Combine data collection, vaccines to improve poultry health

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This event is the only one of its kind being offered to connect researchers and entrepreneurs with poultry sector technology experts, financiers, venture capitalists and producers looking for new projects and investments to fund.

Make plans to attend and take a look at the future of the industry.

The global destination for new poultry innovations

Since its 2018 inception, the Poultry Tech Summit has facilitated and fast-tracked many pioneering ideas into adoption for the benefit of the poultry supply chain. Innovator success stories:

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Showcasing the next frontier for industry, technology and venture capital, this unique executive-level event presents new research of technologies with potential to be commercialized within a 5-year period. Ranging from artificial intelligence, robotics, blockchain, sensors, virtual reality, vaccines and more to improve outcomes for poultry companies in all aspects of production from farm through the processing plant.

Join the poultry industry for Poultry Tech Summit 2022 scheduled for October 30-November 1, in Atlanta, Georgia.

Registration fees to attend:

Registration for the Summit covers: 1-1/2 days of educational presentations, 2 evening cocktail receptions, breakfasts, lunch and multiple networking breaks. Registration is now open

  • General attendee: $995 USD ($1195 after Sept. 30)
  • Faculty: $495 USD, with proper credentials ($545 after Sept. 30)
  • Students: $295 USD with proper credentials

Who should attend:

  • Poultry company C-level executives
  • Corporate leaders in QA/QC, R&D, IT and Engineering
  • Live production and processing technology personnel
  • Veterinarians, nutritionists
  • Suppliers interested in funding or acquiring new tech
  • Financiers, bankers and venture capitalists

Attendees are among the first to see groundbreaking innovation and next-generation technologies that offer prospective solutions to poultry supply chain challenges.

Poultry Tech Summit 2022 tentative schedule of events

Session information and speaker details will be released soon.

Sunday, October 30

5-6:30 p.m.

Registration

5-6:30 p.m.

Opening reception

Monday, October 31

7 a.m.- 6 p.m.

Registration

7:30-8:30 a.m.

Breakfast

8:30-8:40 a.m.

Welcome

8:30-10:00 a.m.

Technology and innovation presentations

10-10:30 a.m.

Networking break

10:30 a.m. -12:15 p.m.

Technology and innovation presentations

12:15-1:45 p.m.

Lunch

1:45-3:15 p.m.

Technology and innovation presentations

3:15-3:45 p.m.

Networking break

3:45-5 p.m.

Technology and innovation presentations

5 p.m.

Networking reception

Tuesday, November 1

7:30-8:30 a.m.

Breakfast

8:30-10 a.m.

Technology and innovation presentations

10-10:30 a.m.

Networking break

10:30-11:15 a.m.

Technology and innovation presentations

11:15-11:45 a.m.

Closing presentation

Poultry Tech Summit 2022 speakers and panelists

Additional speakers will be announced soon.

Evan Anderson, CAD Designer, AgriNerds

Evan Anderson found his passion for 3D design in the Aerospace Engineering at the University of California, Davis. He started out designing aircraft components for classes, but quickly moved to designing full mechanical systems for his hobbies including the UC Davis solar boat. At AgriNerds, he translates 2D shop drawings into additive manufacturing-ready 3D models.

>> Computer vision applications for counting, weighing eggs
Despite nearly a century of intensive layer production in the U.S., accurate and consistent egg counting methods remain elusive. Computer vision could enable a more accurate egg count on the layer belt while also providing row level egg weights and quality checks for dirt, cracks and more. The technology also incorporates self-cleaning and self-validating mechanisms which can mitigate miscounts between the barn and processing plant.

Lilong Chai, PhD, assistant professor and poultry engineering specialist, University of Georgia

Lilong Chai is a tenure-track assistant professor and engineering specialist in the Department of Poultry Science at the University of Georgia (UGA) since 2018. His research and extension interests include animal environmental engineering and precision poultry farming. Prior to joining UGA, Chai was a postdoc research associate in the department of agricultural and biosystems engineering at Iowa State University (ISU).

>> Deep learning tracks problematic cage-free layer behavior
Currently, two of the biggest challenges associated with cage-free layer housing, pecking behaviors and floor eggs, are monitored manually by farm staff several times a day, which is labor intensive, time consuming and subject to human errors. Researchers at the University of Georgia are developing specific imaging technologies (e.g., deep learning models) for monitoring/tracking hens’ pecking behaviors under different production ages and environmental conditions and floor egg laying behaviors of hens temporally and spatially for identifying potential reasons of floor egg laying behavior.

Shankar B. Jagdale, CEO, PakshiMitra Poultry Technologies
Shankar is a post-graduate in mechanical engineering, and he has spent more than a decade as an engineering professional. He entered into his first business to provide high-end mechanical engineering services with small but valuable experience while working at Atlas Copco, L&T and Doosan Heavy Industries Korea. With a passion for product development, his entrepreneurship journey started after establishing PakshiMitra. He aspires to deliver more innovative products for poultry waste, brooding and harvesting management.

>> Solve automation challenges at the poultry farm
Robots and automation can solve many of challenges that poultry farming experiences. However, the large-scale commercialization of these products is still difficult considering the limitation of power source and space availability inside the farm. Advances in automation allow for a single setup that featured a multi-utility bot adapter, multiple attachments and three utility lines. With water available at every corner of poultry, cleaning and dehumidification operation can be easy. At the same time, the vertical conveyor and a channel for material handling ensure the easy disposal of litter and wastewater.

Daniel Lehmkuhl, product manager, Technical Services, Safe Food Corporation

Daniel Lehmkuhl serves as the product manager for Safe Foods Corporation. He partners with processors, academia and industry to identify opportunities to create new products or improve existing products with a goal to provide new solutions for pathogen reduction, shelf-life extension or sustainability promotion. Prior to joining Safe Foods, Daniel worked for multiple poultry processors.

>> Poultry scalder filtration for pathogen reduction
Currently, employees must shovel the solids and sediments out of the scalder with a shovel at the end of production, which can result in cross-contamination and increase the pathogen prevalence on product. This non-chemical intervention is designed to filter and clean scalders, producing significant impacts on decreasing microbiology in processing plants. It can also improve turbidity in scalder units by removing dirt, fecal matter, solids and heavy liquids. Reducing the organic loading in scalders decreases hot rehang microbiology while simultaneously cleaning the unit to reduce sanitation labor.

Kimberly A. Livingston, PhD, chief research officer, Optum Immunity

Kimberly Livingston, PhD, is a nutritional immunologist that specializes in animal and human gut health. As a nutritional immunologist, her primary goal is to help clients around the world understand how nutrition and immune stress alters the development and function of the gastrointestinal tract. Livingston earned her B.S. (Animal Science) and M.S. (Poultry Nutrition) at the University of Illinois and completed her doctorate at University of California, Davis in nutrition and immunology.

>> Egg yolk feed additive promotes poultry gut health
Bioactive components in egg yolk possess both pro- and anti-inflammatory properties, making them a potential key to inflammatory homeostasis in the broiler gut. Maintaining inflammatory homeostasis within the gut is essential for the animal’s health and optimizing its production performance. When used as a feed additive, egg yolks can enable the host immune system to mount adequate inflammatory response against various enteric microbes resulting in reduced mortality, improved performance and reduced intestinal lesions.

Mark Maxwell, CEO, Agrimesh Technologies

A technology and operations professional with a proven track record across multiple verticals, Mark Maxwell has over 20 years of experience delivering cost savings and service improvements while managing operations and supporting business development efforts. As the CEO of Agrimesh, Maxwell helps producers reduce energy, improve operations and optimize yield.

>> Optimize poultry house environmental controls with AI
A matrix ventilation system backed by artificial intelligence (AI), wireless controls and sensors can manage the ventilation, heating, feed, water, lighting, temperature and CO2 equipment to optimize the conditions in poultry houses. The system analyzes live data, performs calculations based on tomorrow’s weather conditions and makes the best dynamic decisions in order to help optimize operations and return on investment. The system frees up time for producers to focus on other activities and provides more peace of mind around the farm.

Silke Schantz, procurement manager, Exceldor

As the procurement manager for Exceldor, Silke Schantz is responsible for the purchase of chicken and turkeys throughout Quebec and Eastern Ontario, as well as the direct supervision of the company’s procurement team. She is also a PACCO certified auditor, with degrees from HEC Montreal and the Institute de Technologie Agroalimentaire.

>> Automate and predict bird weights with IoT
Learn how Exceldor uses internet of things (IoT) devices, machine learning and algorithms at the farm level to create predictive models tied to bird weight expectations. The resulting predictions can help plan the live haul and optimize the harvest vs the requirements of customers at any given time. By using technology installed at the farm that automates the collection of bird weight in real time, this project eliminated the need for manual weighing.

Kris Scott, VP, sales and marketing, Ancera

Kris Scott is the vice president of sales and marketing at Ancera and an accomplished professional in the areas of animal health and animal genetics. Prior to Ancera, Kris worked for Boehringer Ingelheim, Zoetis and ABS Global. While at these roles, Kris created and led high-performing teams that delivered value in various species including cattle, equine and poultry. Kris has an Animal Science degree from the University of Arizona and an MS in Cattle Reproductive Physiology from California State University, Fresno.

>> Assess coccidia control programs with oocyst monitoring
Monitoring the effectiveness of coccidia control programs is difficult because practical tools have not been readily available. This platform technology uses oocysts per gram (OPG) patterns to help assess and monitor coccidia control results more rapidly and with better clarity than existing manual methods. Poultry veterinarians can use this information to make program adjustments three to four weeks earlier than could have been accomplished by waiting for flock performance results.

Ramesh Selvaraj, PhD, associate professor, University of Georgia

Ramesh Selvaraj’s laboratory at the University of Georgia is the first laboratory ever to identify and characterize chicken T regulatory cells. Selvaraj was born in India and received his DVM and MS degree from Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, second MS degree from Oregon State University and his PhD degree from University of California, Davis, in Immunology.

>> Oral nanoparticle-based vaccine tackles Salmonella
A biodegradable nanoparticle-based vaccine that can be delivered either through water or feed can decrease Salmonella and Clostridium perfringens load in poultry intestine, as well as decrease the incidence and severity of the C. perfringens-induced Necrotic Enteritis in poultry or Salmonella loads in poultry. The nanoparticle platform can easily be modified to add additional vaccine antigens for other enteric pathogens.

Assaf Shafran, VP, Phibro Animal Health

Assaf Shafran is Vice President at Phibro Animal Health, and the General Manager of pHi-Tech. In this role, Assaf oversees all aspects of the pHi-Tech business globally, including new product development, production, logistics, regional sales, marketing and service. Before joining Phibro, Assaf served as VP of Business Development for Verint. Assaf joined Verint after they acquired NowForce, a company of which he was co-founder and CEO. Earlier in his career, Assaf held a variety of sales, product management, and business development roles in companies such as QualiSystems, MDG-Medical (Medical devices and software), and Dover-Medical (Imaging & Diagnostics). Assaf began his career at InQSOFT, a venture capital firm focused on investing in companies in the field of medical devices and digital medicine. Assaf holds an MBA from Israel’s Bar-Ilan University.

>> Combine data collection, vaccines to improve poultry health
The constant development of new solutions is gaining momentum to support livestock management and we see more farms turning to digital technologies for improving productivity. In this Tech Talk, Assaf Shafran, VP & General Manager – pHi-Tech, will demonstrate how poultry operations worldwide are already harnessing technology to enhance flock immunity using injection systems with integrated data collection technologies. This development provides farm managers and veterinarians with a deeper process understanding, empowering them to implement data-driven decisions with verifiable improvement to their flock’s health and productivity.

Mike Shindelar, CEO, DP Techlink

Mike Shindelar joined DP Techlink in March 2018 as CEO. He has more than 30 years as a management professional, specializing in building strategic and operational excellence in the companies he has served. Shindelar attended Iowa State University where he received his degree in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering.

>> Traceability in poultry supply chain transport logistics
At a time when precision agriculture solutions are seeing rapid adoption across the industry, there is a major gap when it comes to the movement of agricultural cargo. Logistics planning technology can track the movement of products, feed and animals throughout the poultry supply chain and allows producers to adapt to the real-time needs of their operation, integrates with their existing ERP, decreases workload and respond to active biosecurity threats as they arise.

Gina Sloan, PhD, CEO, AGRITX

Gina Sloan, PhD, is a microbiologist by training with over 15 years of research experience spanning vaccine development to consumer-focused disinfectants. Her most recent work is focused on reducing pathogen carriage by improving performance of GI track microbes. Her company is focused on developing agricultural therapies that drive a benefit to the producer and consumer.

>> Harnessing the egg microbiome for early chick nutrition
Influencing the eggshell microbiome offers a new frontier of technology development that will leverage nature’s inherent pathway to a healthy GI track and ultimately a healthier chick. A new approach, nutritional egg coating, introduces probiotic bacteria from the outside of the egg into the developing chick, inducing positive intestinal morphological, microflora and immune system changes.

Anne-Jo Smits, project manager, Poultry Expertise Centre

Anne-Jo Smits studied Animal Sciences at Wageningen University, with the specialty Global and Sustainable Production Systems. After obtaining her MSc degree, she started working as project manager at the Poultry Expertise Centre, an organization for knowledge development in the poultry sector. The projects of the Poultry Expertise Centre are focused on knowledge transfer, practical research and innovation that we execute together with government, businesses and educational/research institutes. Subjects where Anne-Jo is working on include emission reduction, transport, alternative proteins in feed, animal welfare.

>> A cooler approach to poultry transportation
European Union (EU) regulations prohibit poultry transport on days with temperatures above 95 °F. A closed curtain-sider trailer that features forced airflow and both heating and cooling can help maintain an optimal climate during transport the year round. The objective of the new trailer design was to improve animal welfare and to increase transport efficiency of poultry transported to the slaughterhouse without making concessions in terms of the number of modules plus the process of loading/unloading of modules. In the presentation, the developers of the trailer will share the development route, the current experiences and the future research.

Menashe Tamir, CEO, Eshet Eilon

Menashe Tamir, the owner and CEO of Eshot Eilon for the last 20 years, is an agriculture engineer with over 40 years of experience in agricultural projects worldwide. He has partnered with the Israeli Volcani Center and the Ministry of Agriculture of Israel.

>> Solving the chick sexing conundrum
Unwanted by the egg and meat industries, approximately seven billion male chicks are culled around the world annually, a costly welfare issue for the entire poultry industry. New chick sexing technology can sort by weight and external defects and count and collect data on individual chicks for grower and hatchery use.

Andre Tatar, project manager, Salvus LLC

Andre Tatar is the product manager for Salvus LLC. Previously, Tatar worked as an industrial engineer and product specialist for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida, Saft America and American BOA. He is experienced in product design, development, management and process improvement skills.

>> Rapid identification, quantification of poultry pathogens
Interferometric-based detection enables rapid identification and quantification of chemicals or pathogens in production and processing environments with the precision and accuracy of tests typically run within labs by trained technicians. For example, this technology can detect peracetic acid (PAA) concentrations and avian influenza in fluids such as processing waters, chicken saliva, blood or air. This presentation will show proof of concept data from representative applications.

Dick van Ravenhorst, owner, Van Ravenhorst Transport Solutions

Dick van Ravenhorst studied mechanical engineering and business economics at Twente Technical University (NL). After obtaining the MSc degree, he became technical/commercial management trainee at Paccar/DAF truck manufacturing company in Eindhoven for 2 years. Since 1992, Dick is the owner of Van Ravenhorst Transport Solutions, a family-owned business that specializes in transport-solutions for the poultry sector in the field of day-old chicks, hatching-eggs, broilers, layers, spent layers etc. Focus has been on improving quality and efficiency in transport for all stakeholders in the transport-chain.

>> A cooler approach to poultry transportation
European Union (EU) regulations prohibit poultry transport on days with temperatures above 95 °F. A closed curtain-sider trailer that features forced airflow and both heating and cooling can help maintain an optimal climate during transport the year round. The objective of the new trailer design was to improve animal welfare and to increase transport efficiency of poultry transported to the slaughterhouse without making concessions in terms of the number of modules plus the process of loading/unloading of modules. In the presentation, the developers of the trailer will share the development route, the current experiences and the future research.

Poultry Tech Summit 2022 will take place at the Georgia Tech Hotel & Conference Center in Atlanta, Georgia.

Rooms are available to pre-registered, Poultry Tech Summit attendees on a first-come, first-served basis. The deadline for the group rate is Sept. 29, 2022, or until the room blocks are full. 

Georgia Tech Hotel & Conference Center
800 Spring St. NW
Atlanta, GA 30308 ​

King or Double Queen room: $214 per night, plus taxes and fees

Reserve online here
Or call +1.800.706.2899. Mention Poultry Tech Summit to secure the group rate.

Poultry Tech Summit group rates will be extended to attendees wishing to extend their stay prior or after the official dates of the summit, subject to room availability at the time of the request. To reserve additional nights, please contact the hotel directly at +1.800.706.2899 to check availability.

Poultry Tech Summit participants are responsible for making their own hotel reservations at the Georgia Tech Hotel & Conference Center by Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022. Reservation requests received after Sept. 29 will be based on availability and accepted at the hotel’s prevailing rates.

For those attendees driving to the hotel, overnight parking is $21 per night with unlimited in and out access to the garage.

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