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2023 Full Course

Download Course 1 agenda in English & Spanish here.

Download Course 2 agenda in English & Spanish here.

Monday, April 24 Sessions

Biosecurity – Why do we care? — Geoffrey Lossie, Ph.D., Purdue University

Why do we swab? Gerardo Ramirez, Ph.D., Food & Drug Administration (FDA)

Pest control basics — Maxcy Nolan, Ph.D., NIPCAM

Prevention of egg-associated Salmonella by U.S. egg farmers — Eric Gingerich, DVM, Diamond V

Importance of sanitation/cleaning — Max Pfund, Herbruck’s Poultry Ranch

Tuesday, April 25 Sessions

Animal welfare – optics of what we do — Shawna Weimer, Ph.D., University of Arkansas

Chicken behavior 101 — Marisa Erasmus, Ph.D., Purdue University

Daily care/observations – impact on egg production and quality — Linnea Tracy, VMD MPH MAM dACPV, Eggland’s Best

Pullet-rearing to prepare for the hen house — Kayla Niel, Penn State University

Wednesday, April 26 Sessions

Quality assurance basics — Linnea Tracy, VMD MPH MAM dACPV, Eggland’s Best

Team It Up … “and compared to versus” — Karyn Kreher, Kreher Eggs

Egg formation — Darrin Karcher, Ph.D., Purdue University

Shell quality – cloaca to carton — Deana Jones, Ph.D., USDA-ARS

Egg grading – internal and external quality — Jeff Hendricks, USDA-AMS

Thursday, April 27 Sessions

Biosecurity — Kevin Eisley, Trillium Farms, Versova

Egg processing overview — Aaron Smith, Sanovo

Food safety/microbiology 101 — Amanda Deering, Ph.D., Purdue University

Friday, April 28 Sessions

Egg in a carton: wait, there’s more! — Jeff Hull, Cal-Maine Foods

Why do we refrigerate? — Deana Jones, Ph.D., USDA-ARS

Worker safety/chemical storage safety — Katie Walker, Vincit Group

What’s on the end of the carton? — labeling/traceability — Jed Warnock, USDA-AMS

Workforce: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) — Kelly Bross, Hendrix Genetics