IPWA/US-RSPE Joint Annual Meeting

IPWA/US-RSPE Joint Annual Meeting
October 9, 2019
Renaissance Atlanta Airport Gateway Hotel
Atlanta, GA

The First Annual Meeting of the International Poultry Welfare Alliance and the U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Poultry & Eggs will be held in Atlanta, GA on October 9th. Participants will hear from speakers on a range of hot topics in sustainability and animal welfare with main stage sessions and breakout sessions. Participants will also hear updates from leaders involved in the Roundtable and Alliance.

Renaissance Atlanta Airport Gateway Hotel - Located in College Park, GA, the hotel is just two minutes from Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport via the free, 24-hour, ATL SkyTrain.

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First Joint IPWA / US-RSPE Annual Conference

October 9, 2019 • Atlanta, GA • Renaissance Atlanta Airport Gateway Hotel

October 9th, 2019

7:00 - 8:00 a.m.


8:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.

Morning Joint Session - Welcome, IPWA Updates, US-RSPE Updates

  • Welcome - Ryan Bennett (Executive Director)
  • IPWA Update - Kate Barger-Weathers, DVM (Chair, IPWA)
  • US-RSPE Update - Leigh Ann Johnston (Chair, US-RSPE)

9:15 - 9:30 a.m.

Short Break

9:30 - 10:30 a.m.


Community (Multi-Stakeholder) Perceptions and Attitudes about Animal Welfare and Sustainable Agriculture

  • Speaker: Candace Croney, PhD (Director, Center for Animal Welfare Science, Purdue University)

10:30 - 10:50 a.m.

Coffee Break

10:50 - 12:00 p.m.

Breakout Program

IPWA Session: Focus on Innovation in Animal Welfare

In-ovo Gender Identification & Innovation

  • Speaker: Alistair Filingham (Operations Manager, Hy-Line UK)

Electronic Monitoring & Innovation in Evaluation of Bird-based Outcomes

  • Speaker: Colin Usher (Research Scientist, Georgia Tech University)

US-RSPE Session: Getting to Yes - How to work with external stakeholders and receive internal buy-in to drive change within your company

Tyson Foods Land Stewardship Commitment

  • Speaker: Leigh Ann Johnston (Director, Sustainable Food Strategy, Tyson Foods)
  • Speaker: Jenny Ahlen (Director, Supply Chain, EDF+Business, Environmental Defense Fund)

Central Nebraska Irrigation Project

  • Speaker: Kristin Tupa (Sustainability Manager, Cargill Kitchen Solutions)
  • Speaker: Hannah Birge (Director of Water & Agriculture Programs, The Nature Conservancy)

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.


1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Breakout Program

IPWA Session: Focus on Evolution in Animal Welfare Decisions & Understanding

Lighting, Enrichments & Poultry Behavior

  • Speaker: Elizabeth Bobeck, PhD (Assistant Professor, Iowa State University)

Trends in Food Decisions - Focus on Policies in Food Service

  • Speaker: Janet Helms, DVM (Sustainability Developer, IKEA Inter Group)

Trends in Food Decisions - Focus on Policies in Retail / Grocery

  • Speaker: Jim Lanier (Sr. QA Manager, H.E.B. Grocery Company)

US-RSPE Session: Sustainability Reporting Trends

Trends in Sustainability Reporting and Corporate Sustainability Reports

  • Speaker: Corporate Reports

Investors and Sustainability Reporting

  • Speaker: Kurt Kuehn (SASB Standards Board Member and Former CFO at UPS)

Science Based Targets Initiative

  • Speaker: JP Leous (Director of International Corporate Relations, World Resources Institute)

Supply Chain Greenhouse Gas Reduction

  • Speaker: Food Retail Company - Invited

2:30 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.

Coffee Break

2:50 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Afternoon Joint Session

Egg & Poultry Supply Chain Commitments & Panel Discussion

  • Overview of Egg/Poultry Supply Chain Commitments & Moderator
    Chad Gregory (President, United Egg Producers)
  • Layer sector perspective for welfare & sustainability impacts
    Greg Herbruck (President, Herbruck's Poultry Ranch)
  • Broiler sector perspective for welfare & sustainability impacts
    Will Dillard, DVM (Veterinarian, Peco Foods, Inc.)
  • Food sector perspective for welfare & sustainability impacts
    Ernie Meier (Director of Quality, McDonald's Corporation)

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