Feb 25

The program and speakers for the 7th annual Food Safety Conference has been finalized with Temple Grandin Ph.D., world renowned autism activist, best-selling author, animal welfare and behavior expert as the keynote speaker. The conference is scheduled for March 5-6 at the Hilton Branson Convention Center in Branson, Missouri.

Temple GrandinGrandin is one of the most accomplished and well-known adults with autism in the world. Her life, was brought to the screen with the HBO full-length film Temple Grandin, starring Claire Danes. Dr. Grandin has been inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences September 2016, featured on NPR, and she has a 2010 TED Lecture titled “The World Needs ALL Kinds of Minds.”

She has been featured on the BBC special “The Woman Who Thinks Like a Cow”, ABC’s “Primetime Live”, “The Today Show” and more.

Grandin developed her talents into a successful career as a livestock-handling equipment designer, one of very few in the world.

She also speaks on both autism and cattle handling. Dr. Grandlin’s current bestselling book on autism is The Way I See It: A Personal Look at Autism and Asperger’s. She also authored Unwritten Rules of Social Relationships Animals Make Us Human; Animals in Translation; Thinking in Pictures; and Emergence: Labeled Autistic.

Grandin is considered a philosophical leader of both the animal welfare and autism advocacy movements.

Nearly 300 food safety professionals, industry representatives and members of the academic community from across the country are slated to attend the annual conference.

The conference planning committee has been working hard to put together an agenda to cover relevant topics in food safety. Speaker presentations will cover topics focused on:


  • Reducing the risk of harmful bacteria, viruses and other substances from entering our food supply.

  • How food safety has evolved beyond end-product testing to full supply chain management.

  • Quality, sustainability, transparency, health and wellness.

Premier sponsor presentations will be provided by the following:

  • Sample-Detect-Confirm, presented by Bio-Rad

  • Utilizing NGS as an Epidemiological Tool to Optimally Select Isolates and Create Custom Salmonella and E.coli Biologicals, presented by Ceva

  • How Can Mineral Nutrition Contribute to Preserve Food Safety, presented by Zinpro

  • Live ST Vaccination Results Against Various Sterotypes Under Both Controlled and Field Conditions, presented by Zoetis.

Advanced registration for the conference is $175 and on-site registration is $200. Professors, emeritus and students are free.

More information and on-line registration is available at www.thepoultryfederation.com

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