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 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

Sunday, October 30

5-6:30 p.m.

Registration

5-6:30 p.m.

Opening reception

Monday, October 31

7:30 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Registration

7:30-8:30 a.m.

Breakfast

8:30-8:45 a.m.

Welcome
Greg Watt, CEO and president, WATT Global Media

8:45-9:15 a.m.

Keynote presentation
How next-generation sequencing improves food safety
Nikki Shariat, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Population Health, Poultry Diagnostic Research Center, University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine

For appropriate Salmonella control and for risk assessment, there is a need to discern all serotypes present. Next-generation sequencing technologies such as CRISPR-SeroSeq enable deep serotyping to detect multiple serotypes in a single sample. This improves our understanding of Salmonella dynamics in broiler production, leading to better controls for this important pathogen.

9:15-9:30 a.m.

Innovation presentation
Harnessing the egg microbiome for early chick nutrition

Gina Sloan, Ph.D., CEO, AGRITX

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.

>> Watch a short message from Gina

9:30-9:45 a.m.

Innovation presentation
Egg yolk feed additive promotes poultry gut health

Kimberly A. Livingston, Ph.D., chief research officer, Optum Immunity

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.

9:45-10 a.m.

Innovation presentation
Solve automation challenges at the poultry farm

Shankar Jagdale, CEO, PakshiMitra Poultry Technologies

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.

10-10:30 a.m.

Networking break

10:30-10:40 a.m.

Tech talk
Digital pathogen monitoring platform for gastrointestinal and foodborne pathogens in poultry
Dilan Deniz, DVM, global product manager, Evonik

Despite different prevention and controlling measurements, Clostridium perfringens, Eimeria spec., Campylobacter jejuni and Salmonella enterica remain still important pathogens in poultry. The main requirements of monitoring are accuracy, reliability and speed to provide the data to poultry professionals so that they can make more precise decisions and predictions. This innovation bring science-based data into a simple digitalized tool that can be used on-site to make the platform accessible for all poultry farmers.

10:40-11 a.m.

Technology presentation
Rapid identification, quantification of poultry pathogens

Andre Tatar, project manager, Salvus

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.

>> Watch a short message from Andre

11-11:15 a.m.

Innovation presentation
Poultry scalder filtration for pathogen reduction

Daniel Lehmkuhl, product manager, technical services, Safe Food Corporation

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.

11:15 a.m.-12 p.m.

Panel discussion
The coming paradigm shift in Salmonella control for poultry products

U.S. broiler and turkey processors have employed several strategies and technologies to reduce incidence of Salmonella-positive parts and carcasses detected in test mandated by USDA FSIS. Despite over two decades improvement is sample results, the number of human cases of Salmonellosis in the U.S. attributable to poultry meat products hasn’t declined significantly. A new era for Salmonella sampling, regulation and control is beginning. How will your approach to Salmonella control change?

Featured panelists:

  • Douglas L. Fulnechek, DVM, senior public health veterinarian, poultry, Zoetis
  • Nikki Shariat, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Population Health, Poultry Diagnostic Research Center, University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Jeffrey Niedermeyer, director of food safety, Butterball LLC

12-1:30 p.m.

Lunch

1:30-1:50 p.m.

Technology presentation
Biodegrable nanoparticle vaccines for poultry

Ramesh Selvaraj, Ph.D., associate professor, poultry, University of Georgia

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.

1:50-2:10 p.m.

Technology presentation
Automate and predict bird weights with IoT

Silke Schantz, procurement manager, Exceldor

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.

>> Watch a short message from Silke

2:10-2:30 p.m.

Technology presentation
Optimize poultry house environmental controls with AI

Mark Maxwell, CEO, Agrimesh Technologies

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.

2:30-2:40 p.m.

Tech talk
Combine data collection, vaccines to improve poultry health

Assaf Shafran, vice president, Phibro Animal Health, general manager, pHi-Tech

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, vice president, Phibro Animal Health, and 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.

2:40-3 p.m.

SMART Broiler Project update
Nikki Dutta, scientific program officer, advanced animal systems, FFAR

The SMART broiler research initiative aims to aid the development of technologies that objectively assess broiler chicken welfare in commercial facilities. During this session, learn more about the teams and objectives selected for the second phase of this initiative.

3-3:30 p.m.

Networking break

3:30-3:40 p.m.

Tech talk
Tackling digitalization and standardization in environmental monitoring
Katie McPherson, digital consultant, Neogen Corporation

Organizations are seeing major improvements in standardization in highly complex manufacturing environments. Digitalizing these areas is helping improvements in human capital aspects such as time to onboard, workload management, and efficiency. This session will review some key product improvements within Neogen Analytics, and show how new data elements contribute to the promise of big data in food safety through aggregated product and sanitation testing modules.

3:40-4 p.m.

Innovation presentation
Solving the broiler chick sexing conundrum

Menashe Tamir, CEO, Eshet Eilon

Ninety-five percent of the poultry grown worldwide are broilers. The majority of these birds are grown in mixed sex flocks, primarily due to the lack of experienced professionals able to sex chicks. However, the ability to raise broilers in separate sex flocks brings several advantages to the integrator, including savings on feed and medicine, reduced losses at the slaughterhouse, flexibility of the operation, easy data collection per chick and much more. Optical sorting technology can automate the broiler chick sexing process, improving bird growth and saving production costs.

4-5 p.m.

Panel discussion
What will be the biggest challenges and opportunities for raising poultry?

Continuous improvements in bird health and performance metrics along with great taste and versatility have combined to make poultry meat (broilers, turkeys and waterfowl) the world’s most consumed meat. However, what some consumers, regulators and NGOs are asking for is changing. The usual demands for low cost, great tasting and convenient poultry products are now combined with requests for things like Net Zero, higher welfare or NAE production. Our panel of senior live production specialists will discuss the challenges and opportunities facing broiler and turkey producers and highlight areas where creative solutions from innovators could have the biggest impact.

Featured panelists:

  • Dave Wicker, Ph.D., vice president of live operations, Fieldale Farms Corporation
  • Bruce Stewart-Brown, DVM, senior vice president of technical services and innovation, Perdue Farms
  • Carl Heeder, DVM, senior director, avian health and nutrition, Mountaire Farms

5 p.m.

Networking reception

Tuesday, November 1

7:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

Registration

7:30-8:30 a.m.

Breakfast

8:30-9:10 a.m.

Technology presentation
What Net Zero will mean for the poultry supply chain
Marty Matlock, Ph.D., professor of ecological engineering, Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department, University of Arkansas

Consumers concerns about sustainability have pressured retail and foodservice to make Net Zero pledges, with implications that are felt throughout the poultry supply chain. The drive to design sustainable global food systems will impact and how birds are raised, fed, processed distributed and marketed. Join Marty Matlock, Ph.D., professor in the Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department at the University of Arkansas and former Senior Advisor on Food Systems Resiliency for USDA, for a discussion of the opportunities for new poultry technologies to aid in future sustainability goals.

9:10-9:30 a.m.

Technology presentation
Deep learning tracks problematic cage-free layer behavior
Lilong Chai, Ph.D., assistant professor and poultry engineering specialist, University of Georgia

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.

9:30-10 a.m.

Technology presentation
How can technology improve your poultry facility biosecurity?
Jean-Pierre Vaillancourt, DMV, MSc, Ph.D., professor, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Université de Montréal

North America and Europe have experienced the worst ever losses due to HPAI outbreaks on commercial poultry farms. HPAI has managed to infect flocks on farms that have thorough biosecurity programs and substantial infrastructure investments. Learn how technology can be employed to monitor farm activities, assist with decision-making and encourage individuals to comply with biosecurity rules.

10-10:30 a.m.

Networking break

10:30-10:45 a.m.

Innovation presentation
Traceability in poultry supply chain transport logistics
Mike Shindelar, CEO, DP Techlink

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.

10:45-11 a.m.

Innovation presentation
Computer vision applications for counting, weighing eggs
Evan Anderson, CAD designer, Agrinerds

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.

11-11:15 a.m.

Innovation presentation
A cooler approach to poultry transportation
Anne-Jo Smits, project manager, Poultry Expertise Centre and Dick van Ravenhorst, owner, Van Ravenhorst Transport Solutions

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.

11:15 a.m.-12 p.m.

Panel discussion
Tackling the automation challenge in poultry processing

Automation is commonly touted as the solution for one of poultry processing’s biggest challenges, labor, and for its potential to make operations more efficient, reliable and predictable. Learn about future opportunities for automation within the plant and how the technology is evolving to meet the needs of poultry processing’s harsh environment.

Featured panelists:

  • Jay Russell, key account manager, Marel
  • Mathias Konne, food market leader, Staubli
  • Harley Green, business development director, Soft Robotics Inc.

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.

Lilong Chai, Ph.D., 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).

Dilan Deniz, DVM, global product manager, precision livestock farming, Evonik Animal Nutrition

Dilan Deniz is a veterinarian by training with more than 15 years of experience in different roles such as marketing, sales and business development in global animal health companies. Before joining Evonik, Deniz worked for Elanco and Bayer Animal Health where she gained international customer experience in different species; ruminants, poultry and companion animal.

Nikki Dutta, scientific program officer, advanced animal systems, Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research

At the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR), Nikki Dutta is responsible for coordinating several multi-stakeholder collaborative initiatives designed to improve animal welfare and productivity, including SMART Broiler, the Egg-Tech Prize and the Layer Hen Keel Bone Health Program. Dutta earned her master’s degree from American University in sustainability management and studied international business and management at Dickinson College.

Douglas L. Fulnechek, DVM, senior public health veterinarian, poultry, Zoetis

Based in northwest Arkansas, Douglas Fulnechek is a senior public health veterinarian with Zoetis Poultry. He received his veterinary degree from Oklahoma State University and worked as a clinical and research veterinarian before joining the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) as a supervisory veterinary medical officer where he worked for more than 28 years. Fulnechek joined the Zoetis team in May 2016 after retiring from federal service.

Carl Heeder, DVM, senior director, avian health and nutrition, Mountaire Farms

Dr. Carl Heeder has over 25 years’ experience in the poultry industry. He received a BS in Poultry Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his DVM at the University of Minnesota. Carl’s career has spanned all segments of the U.S. industries, including commercial egg, turkey and broiler production. Most of his career has been spent in working for integrators in either production management or technical support. Carl currently is the senior director of avian health and nutrition at Mountaire Farms.

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.

Mathias Konne, business development and marketing coordinator, North America, Staubli Corporation

Mathias Konne has a bachelor’s degree in international marketing from the Ecole Pratique Hautes Etudes Commerciales – EPHEC (Belgium). He is based at Staubli Corporation’s U.S. headquarters in Duncan, South Carolina.

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.

Kimberly A. Livingston, Ph.D., chief research officer, Optum Immunity

Kimberly Livingston, Ph.D., 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 bachelor’s degree in animal science and master’s degree in poultry nutrition from the University of Illinois and completed her doctorate at University of California, Davis, in nutrition and immunology.

Marty Matlock, Ph.D., professor of ecological engineering, Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department, University of Arkansas

Marty Matlock, Ph.D., is a professor in the Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department at the University of Arkansas. He served as senior advisor to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) from 2021-2022. Prior to that, he was executive director of the University of Arkansas Resiliency Center. He received his Ph.D. in biosystems engineering from Oklahoma State University, is a registered professional engineer, a Board-Certified Environmental Engineer and a Certified Ecosystem Designer. He served as chairman of the Cherokee Nation Environmental Protection Commission for 16 years, and as sustainability science advisor for three environmental conservation organizations and more than a dozen food and agricultural product companies.

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.

Katie McPherson, digital consultant, Neogen Corporation

As a digital consultant for Neogen Corporation, Katie McPherson aids in developing a company’s digital strategy to optimize their food safety and quality testing program through automated software solutions. Katie began her Neogen career supporting the meat and poultry industry in the Canadian food markets. Prior to Neogen, she attended Michigan State University where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Food Industry Management.

Jeffrey Niedermeyer, food safety director, Butterball

During his time with Butterball, Jeffrey Niedermeyer has been involved in all aspects of the company’s Food Safety Programs, including implementing new antimicrobials, application methods, interventions points and pathogen detection platforms such as those used in Salmonella quantification. He was was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio and attended the University of Toledo where he received a B.S. in biology with a concentration in organismal biology and ecology.

Jay Russell, key account manager, Marel Inc.

Jay Russell is a key account manager for Marel Inc. and an active board member of various national and state poultry federations. He has spent the last 18 years with various engineering and OEM manufacturing companies implementing plant-level production automation technologies on a global level for the poultry, meat, seafood, pet food and consumer foods industries. He graduated from Auburn University with a degree in biosystems engineering, minoring in mechanical engineering.

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.

Ramesh Selvaraj, Ph.D., 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 master’s degree from Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, second master’s degree from Oregon State University and his Ph.D. degree from University of California, Davis, in immunology.

Assaf Shafran, vice president, Phibro Animal Health, general manager, pHi-Tech

Assaf Shafran is vice president at Phibro Animal Health and the general manager of pHi-Tech. In this role, Shafran oversees all aspects of the pHi-Tech business globally, including new product development, production, logistics, regional sales, marketing and service. Before joining Phibro, Shafran served as vice president of business development for Verint. Shafran joined Verint after they acquired NowForce, a company of which he was co-founder and CEO. Earlier in his career, Shafran 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). Shafran began his career at InQSOFT, a venture capital firm focused on investing in companies in the field of medical devices and digital medicine. Shafran holds an MBA from Israel’s Bar-Ilan University.

Nikki Shariat, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Population Health, Poultry Diagnostic Research Center, University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine

Nikki Shariat’s research program at the University of Georgia is focused on understanding Salmonella serotype diversity and ecology by employing novel PCR-based next-generation sequencing detection technologies. Her research team applies these technologies to assess serotype dynamics in food animal production to develop improved Salmonella controls, with an emphasis on poultry and cattle production, as well as in freshwater environments. She completed her PhD in biological sciences at Vanderbilt University.

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.

Gina Sloan, Ph.D., CEO, AGRITX

Gina Sloan, Ph.D., 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.

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.

Bruce Stewart-Brown, DVM, senior VP of technical services and innovation, Perdue Farms

Dr. Bruce Stewart-Brown is senior vice president of technical service and innovation at Perdue Farms. He guides Perdue’s industry-leading transformation in how the company raises chickens and was instrumental in the company’s successful transition away from antibiotics. He earned a BS in Animal Science from Iowa State University, DVM from Iowa State University and is a Diplomate from the American College of Poultry Veterinarians.

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. Eshet Eilon has developed the world’s first chick grader for sex, external quality, weight and data collection, along with other innovations for the poultry industry.

Andre Tatar, product 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.

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.

Jean-Pierre VAILLANCOURT

Jean-Pierre Vaillancourt, DMV, MSc, Ph.D., professor, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Université de Montréal

In addition to his position as a professor with the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the Université de Montréal, Jean-Pierre Vaillancourt, Ph.D., acted as the first coordinator of the Quebec team for the control of poultry diseases for the design and implementation of emergency measures. He was chief auditor of avian influenza and foot-and-mouth disease simulations in Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and France. Vaillancourt obtained his doctorate in veterinary medicine and his master of science in clinical sciences from the Université de Montréal and his doctorate in population medicine from the University of Minnesota.

David Wicker

Dave Wicker, Ph.D., vice president of live operations, Fieldale Farms Corporations

Dave Wicker, Ph.D., has worked for Fieldale Farms Corporation for the past 27 years, most recently serving as the vice president of live operations since 2010. Prior to joining Fieldale, he worked in applied technology and animal research for Degussa Corporation and managed a breeder/hatchery program for Bayshore Farms. Dave earned a bachelor’s degree in poultry science and a doctorate in nutrition and biochemistry from Clemson University.

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 has been extended until October 7, 2023.

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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