Topics of interest to the nation's egg industry will be discussed April 8 at a forum hosted by Iowa State University's Egg Industry Center.
"The goal of the forum is to update or increase people's awareness on the latest developments and priority issues concerning the U.S. egg industry; covering the topics of laying-hen welfare, food safety, controlling feed costs, economics and air quality," says Hongwei Xin, center director and professor of ag and biosystems engineering at ISU.
Registration information is available at www.ans.iastate.edu/EIC.
The meeting will begin at 8:15 a.m. at the Embassy Suites on the River in Des Moines with welcome remarks by Wendy Wintersteen, dean of College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey. These sessions with timely topics and speakers will follow:
• "Egg Production and the Social Concern for the Well-being of Laying Hens" by Janice Swanson, professor and director of animal welfare, Michigan State University
• "Antibiotics Risks in Egg Production" by Paula Fedorka-Cray, research leader and microbiologist, USDA-ARS Bacterial Epidemiology and Antimicrobial Resistance Research Unit, Athens, Ga.
• "Limiting Feed Costs for Egg Production" by Steve Leeson, professor and chair, animal and poultry science department, University of Guelph, Canada
• "Economic Issues of the Egg Production Industry" by Don Bell, professor and poultry specialist emeritus, University of California-Riverside
• Keynote Speech: "The Economic Recession/Recovery, It's a Chicken and Egg Thing," by John Lawrence, ISU Extension livestock economist.
• "Air Emissions Research Relative to Egg Production," by Hongwei Xin, professor and director of Egg Industry Center
• Panel question-and-answer session involving all the speakers