2021 Equipment Manufacturers

Conference 

Nov. 3-5, 2021
Omni Royal Orleans 
New Orleans, LA
 

FAQs

Who plans this event?

AFIA's Equipment Manufacturing Committee oversees the planning of the conference. We want to thank them for all their hard work and dedication to providing a fantastic program. 

How will EMC be different in this new era? 

In-person registration is now open.  We are still evaluating the possibility of whether hybrid opportunities should be made available. 

  • If your circumstances do not allow you to travel in 2021, you might be able to participate virtually in the educational and networking components of this event. Please email us at register@afia.org and let us know you are interested.

The American Feed Industry Association will be holding this meeting in accordance with state and local regulations and will be implementing precautions based on CDC and Omni recommendations.  More information will be available as we get closer to Nov. 2021. Should you have any questions or concerns before these details are available, please contact AFIA’s senior director of meetings and events at vrovelli@afia.org.

Do I have to wear a mask?

This year’s Equipment Manufacturers Conference (EMC) will need to be different as we all work together to end this pandemic. As the situation with COVID-19 is regularly evolving, we are monitoring guidance on a daily basis from local, state and federal health authorities on measures to keep people safe. This means, we will be making real-time adjustments, as necessary, to provide a safe meeting environment. We will communicate our on-site policies to registered attendees prior to travel and will post signage throughout the event space to keep you informed of any changes. Please contact vrovelli@afia.org with any questions or concerns. 

Who and why should I attend? 

WHO: Conference attendees include equipment manufacturers, equipment installers, contractors and users of the equipment from the feed manufacturing sector. WHY: This event focuses on updating the equipment sector of the feed industry on current issues and trends, providing an environment for learning from educational speakers and industry leaders, and brings the industry together to network. PLUS: All the proceeds from the event are donated to an EMC Scholarship Fund. 

What are the registration costs? 

The early-bird fees are $720 for Members, $1,415 for Nonmembers and $275 for Spouse if you register by Sept. 30, 2021.  The regular registration fees are $780 for Members, $1,600 for Nonmembers and $350 for Spouse, if you register after Oct. 1 2021. Registration closes Oct. 22, 2021.   

Registration will include admittance to all the education sessions, 2 breakfasts, 1 receptions, 1 lunch and unlimited networking opportunities.  Badges are required for admittance.  A fundraising golf tournament and group dinner is also available for an additional fee. AFIA reserves the right to deny registration to the conference. 

How do I register?

To register, click on the yellow "Register" button at the top of the event page or visit afia.org to register online. 

What is the registration cancellation policy?

A 90% refund is available if you notify AFIA of cancellation in writing by Sept. 30, 2021. A 50% refund is available when received prior to Oct. 22, 2021. No refund is available after Oct. 22, 2021. The Golf tournament or group dinner is non-refundable after Oct. 22 2021.  Refunds will be processed within 30 days after the event.  AFIA reserves the right to cancel any conference it deems necessary. AFIA will not be responsible for airfare, hotel or other costs incurred by registrants.

Is the conference approved for ARPAS credits?

Yes, EMC is approved for 3 CEUs for eligible ARPAS members that attend. 

What is the dress code?

The dress code for this event is business casual. November temperatures in New Orleans have an average high of 72 degrees and 53 degrees as a low.

Are sleeping accommodations included in the registration fee? 

No, once registered you must contact the hotel to make your hotel reservation or use this link.  We recommend you use this link to take advantage of the special block set-up for conference attendees.

Do I have to register for the conference to participate in the golf outing?

Yes, attendees must be registered for EMC in order to participate in the golf tournament and/or the group dinner.  AFIA reserves the right to deny registration to the conference. 

Is there a 1-day registration option?

We do not offer a 1-day registration option. Instead, we urge you to participate in all general sessions and receptions at the event to maximize the benefits. 

Who do I notify about a food allergy?

There is a space during the registration process to let AFIA know about a food allergy. You may also email register@afia.org

What if I need a special accommodation for a disability?

This meeting is open to all persons without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age or disability. If you are a person with a special dietary need, or who requires reasonable accommodations due to a disability, and/or who requires alternative means of communication (such as Braille, large print, sign language or language interpretation), please contact the meetings department at register@afia.org

How do I get a copy of AFIA's Antitrust policy?

By registering for this event, you agree to abide by the AFIA Antitrust Compliance and Confidentiality Policy. For a copy of the policy, please click here, visit the registration desk onsite or contact us at register@afia.org.

Why do we now have a liability waiver and code of conduct?

As stakeholders in the success of this event, we all have a role to play in the mitigation of risk. These documents are meant to serve as a reminder and inspiration to know that if we all collectively respect the significance of these contributions; we are by definition advocating for the well-being of our fellow global citizens and our industry. Thank you for your cooperation in this effort as we all work together to get back to business in a normal environment. 

How do I get a copy of AFIA's Covid Liability waiver?

By registering for this event, you agree to sign and abide by the AFIA Covid Liability Policy. For a copy of the policy and waiver, please click here, visit the registration desk onsite or contact us at register@afia.org.

How do I get a copy of AFIA's Code of Conduct policy?

By registering for this event, you agree to sign and abide by the AFIA Code of Conduct policy. For a copy of the policy, please click here, visit the registration desk onsite or contact us at register@afia.org.

What are the terms and conditions of registering?

By registering for AFIA’s conference, you are agreeing that any photos or videos taken throughout the conference or at any networking events may be used for AFIA’s communications and marketing purposes. You agree to abide by the AFIA Antitrust Compliance and Confidentiality Policy and by registering are aware of AFIA's legal notice. Registrants will receive a name badge that must be worn for entry into all speaking sessions, exhibit halls, meals and social functions. AFIA reserves the right to deny entry into the conference or to cancel any conference it deems necessary. AFIA will not be responsible for airfare, hotel or other costs incurred by registrants. Should you have any concerns about these terms, please contact AFIA’s senior director of meetings and events at vrovelli@afia.org.

Photo credits 

All New Orleans promotional photos and text used on this website are for marketing purposes only and were provided by the New Orleans CVB, Visit New Orleans and the Omni Royal Orleans.  

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Contact Us

 

Veronica Rovelli     (703) 558-3563     vrovelli@afia.org

Contact Veronica, senior director of meeting and events, for any questions regarding registrations, travel, hotel accomodations and event expectations.

Gary Huddleston   (703) 666-8854     ghuddleston@afia.org

Contact Gary, director of feed manufacturing and regulatory affairs, for any questions regarding conference agenda, committee questions and event expectations.