Virtual Poultry Tech Summit 2020 schedule of events

** Times listed in Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)

Tuesday, October 20

9-9:45 a.m.

Speaker: Greg Watt, president and CEO, WATT Global Media

Keynote: Prospects for the poultry industry post-COVID-19
Speaker: Paul Aho, Ph.D., president, Poultry Perspective
Sponsor: Evonik

In 2020, the poultry industry grappled with challenges associated with the global COVID-19 pandemic — from supply chain issues to changes in how and where people consumed chicken. How will consumer demands shift post-COVID-19? Paul Aho, Ph.D., president of Poultry Perspective, will share predictions of the macroeconomic trends that will impact the poultry industry in 2030.

9:45-10:30 a.m.

Panel discussion: Building resilience and antifragility with technology
Gordon Butland, director, G&S Agriconsultant Co. Ltd.
Osler Desouzart, CEO, OD Consulting, Market Planning & Strategy
Philip Wilkinson, executive director, 2 Sisters Food Group

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted supply chains both close to home and across the globe and has impacted poultry producers both large and small. The panel discusses how poultry operations on all continents have adjusted operations and strategies and what technological innovations can allow companies to adapt and thrive as the world adjusts to the “next normal.”

10:30-10:45 a.m.

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10:45-11:30 a.m.

Innovation presentations:

Could a new test predict COVID-19 in meat processing workers?
Speaker: Joy Parr Drach, president and CEO, Advanced Animal Diagnostics

Rapid, undetected spread of COVID-19 slowed and even stopped meat processing capacity earlier this year. Differentials can be used to screen people to identify those likely to test positive for COVID-19, triage by predicting COVID-19 in the early stage of infection and track progress of those patients. A new automated, mobile, patient-side white blood cell differential test provides results in a minute and a half.

Remote sensing for crop uniformity and weight estimation
Speaker: Claire Lewis, CEO, Pondus Technology

Weight estimation and crop uniformity is currently poorly measured and monitored in poultry production causing significant financial losses to the poultry supply chain. This technology uses image processing and machine learning to replace stressful manual weighing of birds. Automatic weigh scales deliver touchless, accurate and representative information for informed decision making.

Precision technology to revolutionize protein production
Speaker: Ramin Karimpour, CEO and founder, Applied LifeSciences & Systems

The high throughput automated individual vaccine delivery system will enable the poultry industry to effectively vaccinate every individual chick on the day of hatch. This will allow each chick to develop the necessary immunity against disease, subsequently saving an estimated $11 billion annually, as chemicals and antibiotics will no longer be needed in the process. Other sub-systems under development include automated gender identification and automated health inspection. These sub-systems will further impact productivity and sustainability of growth for the industry.

11:30-11:45 a.m.

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11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Tech Talk presentation: The digital evolution of the poultry industry: Imagine. Collaborate. Gain.
Speaker: Kshitij (Tij) Gupta, head of platform & business development, Evonik

What if we could seamlessly manage all our data and share information with trusted partners? Could the connectivity and collaboration across our value chain help each one of us? Our industry is evolving toward a more efficient, sustainable and innovative future. Let’s take a walk down the future lane.

Tech Talk presentation: How gut integrity impacts both bird health and food safety
Speaker: Charles Hofacre, DVM, professor emeritus, college of veterinary medicine, University of Georgia

Learn the latest findings on how the integrity of the bird’s digestive tract impacts both bird health and food safety and things that can be done to improve gut integrity.

12:30-1 p.m.

Zoom Chat: How to improve Gut Integrity targeting Food Safety
Marco Rebollo, DVM, poultry manager, North America, Zinpro

12:30-1 p.m.

Zoom Chat: Discussion of how the digital technology is changing the poultry industry
Kshitij (Tij) Gupta, head of platform & business development, Evonik

12:30-1:30 p.m.

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Wednesday, October 21

9-9:45 a.m.

Speaker: Greg Watt, president and CEO, WATT Global Media

Keynote: Innovation through culture: Stories from a decade at Google
Speaker: Steven Lerch, founder and president, Story Arc Consulting

Not all organizations can successfully disrupt themselves and embrace new ideas and emerging technologies. It takes the right culture for a company to be able to welcome innovation and readily accept change that could improve welfare and efficiency in poultry production and processing. Steve Lerch, founder and president, Story Arc Consulting, will discuss how to encourage a culture of innovation in your organization.

9:45-10:15 a.m.

Leveraging IoT, machine learning to predict flock performance
Speaker: Evan Sadlon, Lead Data Scientist; and Aditya Madhavan, Business Consultant, M-Tech Systems USA, LLC
Sponsor: Boehringer Ingelheim

A global and interdisciplinary collaboration is correlating data captured via in-barn cameras with final flock performance that is captured in integrator flock management and processing data gathering systems. This technology joins together performance measures such as weight gain, feed conversion, mortality and condemnation with predictions of health issues to uncover predictive and prescriptive capabilities during the flock cycle.

10:15-10:45 a.m.

How veterinarians help farms collect valuable data
Speaker: Daniel Venne, DVM, Veterinarian, Couvoir Scott ltée

Artificial intelligence is a very powerful tool, but it must be fed with proper data in order to give proper solutions. This talk will show how a biochemical profile can help manage the effect of changes in nutrition, ingredient prices and management on the welfare and profitability of poultry production. Having good quality data available makes decision making easier and can reduce friction between teams in an integration.

10:45-11 a.m.

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11-11:45 a.m.

Panel discussion: Trends will shape and disrupt the poultry supply chain in the next 10 years

Paul Aho, Ph.D., president, Poultry Perspective
Paul Cuatrecasas, CEO and founder, Aquaa Partners
Richard Kottmeyer, managing director, FTI Consulting

Consumers are asking more questions and have more expectations for the food they buy. How birds were raised, what they were fed, what the carbon footprint is of a pound of meat are now concerns for some consumers. The panel will discuss how emerging macroeconomic and consumer trends will impact the market for center of the plate protein by 2030 and what this means for the industry’s technology needs.

11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

Innovation presentations:

Avian immunology dermatological test: A novel for profiling the tissue and cellular immunological responses to injected test-materials
Speaker: Gage Greening, Chief Technology Officer, Nanomatronix LLC
Sponsor: Zinpro

Current tests focus on measuring antibodies to acquire information about the immune system. However, antibodies do not provide data about cell-mediated immunity (T cells) which is important for B cell function and production of antibodies. The novel in vivo test uses the growing feather as a platform to analyze tissue and cellular responses to injected test-materials. Knowledge gained from using this unique tool will find direct application in optimizing poultry health selection- and management-strategies, and, hence, production of a naturally healthy and safe product for the consumer.

Genetically modified probiotics to control necrotic enteritis
Speaker: Yiannis Kaznessis, CEO, General Probiotics Inc.

Necrotic enteritis is a major health, welfare and performance disease of broilers. Without technologies to control Clostridia perfringens, the causal agent of the disease, producers are struggling to raise healthy birds and produce safe food. The challenge is now becoming acute with the withdrawal of antibiotics from livestock production. This presentation covers the agile research and development of live biotherapeutics using synthetic biology and artificial intelligence. The results of animal trials demonstrate the effectiveness and safety of this technology.

Simplifying poultry feed additives for producers and manufacturers
Speaker: Will Payne, Ph.D., Chief technology officer, Simple Ag Solutions Inc.

Poultry health and nutrition is integral to sustainable production, and the feed additives landscape is becoming increasingly complex as more products are launched. Integrators face a myriad of available products with few resources to determine the best choice for their operation. A new precision agriculture software product was developed to aid both sides of the feed additive equation: providing clarity to producers and differentiation to feed additive manufacturers. This novel software platform simplifies and facilitates the integration of information using neural networking techniques to determine the effects of additive products at an individual flock and farm level.

12:45-1:30 p.m.

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Thursday, October 22

9-10 a.m.

Speaker: Greg Watt, president and CEO, WATT Global Media

Panel discussion: Technologies poised to disrupt the poultry supply chain 
Gary V. McMurray, interim IRIM executive director and associate director, collaborative robotics and division chief, principal research engineer, Food Processing Technology Division, Georgia Tech Research Institute
David Speller, CEO, OptiFarm
Scott Carter, Ph.D., vice president of microbials, Phibro Animal Health

Sponsor: Phibro

From inexpensive sensors on farms and IoT technology applications on farms to washdown safe robots for processing plants, the poultry supply chain is about to be disrupted. Be the disrupter by finding out now which technologies the panel says will create the biggest opportunities for poultry integrators.

10-10:15 a.m.

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10:15-10:45 a.m.

Using wearables, big data, AI, and gamification to address labor availability issues in the poultry industry
Speaker: Jason Guss, Ph.D., CEO, Iterate Labs

Labor shortages in poultry processing plants has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Improving ergonomics of repetitive manual jobs can reduce worker injuries, absenteeism and turnover. A new platform technology uses a simple, low-profile wearable that collects essential performance metrics that can be used to incentivize workers, maintain work-life quality for retention and better manage productivity in real-time.

10:45-11 a.m.

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11-11:30 a.m.

Applying audio analytics to detect respiratory disease in broilers
Speakers: Tom Darbonne, CEO, AudioT; and Brandon Carroll, co-founder, AudioT

Recent advances in machine learning and acoustic signal processing techniques, based on work at Georgia Tech Research Institute Agricultural Technology Research Program, have created an opportunity for automated, real-time monitoring for problematic respiratory sounds. Detection results that track the course of the disease have already been demonstrated in vaccine trials for laryngotracheitis and infectious bronchitis. These techniques are now being adapted and transferred into commercial production environments by AudioT, where they can provide valuable data to keep farmers and vets informed as they make decisions and prioritize their time and resources.

11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.

Innovation presentations:

Enhanced immersive chilling in poultry processing
Speaker: Comas Haynes, Ph.D., research faculty, Georgia Tech Research Institute

A significant portion of the water and energy expenditure of poultry processing is associated with chilling. The incorporation of alternative kinematics (motion) and media (e.g., ice-water slurries) may allow more efficient and effective chill, as well as added anti-microbial benefits given the thermomechanical attributes of ice slurry. As envisioned, the birds would be on a shackle line as they move through the slurry, eliminating the need for rehang staffing.

How digital auditing advances blockchain and traceability
Speaker: Maxine Roper, CEO and co-founder, Connecting Food

Consumers today no longer trust where their food comes from. They want to know how it was made, by whom and under what conditions. This presentation will present the advantages and limits of the blockchain, as well as introduce the concept of ‘digital auditing’ and how it can be used to verify in real-time that suppliers are respecting their product specifications, ensuring that the data recorded in the blockchain is truthful and accurate 100% of the time.

Traceability at the speed of thought
Speaker: Sharmeen Khan, chief marketing officer, OpsSmart Global

Traceability, blockchain, artificial intelligence and IoT can create an integrated supply chain that has greater transparency, efficiency and safety. Market demand for trace is primed given the numerous food safety issues in the U.S., China and Europe. New software traces food across the entire supply chain from the farm to the fork, serving as a central repository for all information regarding the trace of ingredients, all data for each critical control point in the supply chain, and all documents pertaining to each lot and batch.

12:30-1 p.m.

Zoom Chat: An investors view of promising investments and technologies for poultry integrators
Paul Fox, general manager, 8th Avenue Food & Provisions and member of the Yield Lab Advisory Board

12:30-1 p.m.

Zoom Chat: Technology challenges of cage-free egg production and egg food safety
Speaker: Tony Wesner, COO, Rose Acre Farms & David Hurd, vice president of live production, Rose Acre Farms

12:30-1:30 p.m.

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