2021 Equipment Manufacturers


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


Duty of Care


At the American Feed Industry Association, we are eager and looking forward to getting back on the road to see all of our members in-person. Over the past year, the AFIA has been closely monitoring guidance from state and federal health authorities regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Protecting the health and safety of our attendees and staff has always been of utmost importance and will continue to be. The AFIA meetings staff have received their Pandemic Compliance Advisor certifications and look forward to carefully reducing any on-site COVID-19 risks and providing a safe environment for our members. We have a duty of care and we are committed to abiding by it. 

What to Expect Onsite 



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.  

Code of Conduct


The AFIA staff will be working closely with the Omni Royal Orleans to provide a safe and clean environment to hold EMC. We are all in this together and that will require that we all agree to abide by a code of conduct -- a simple collection of rules and regulations that include what is and is not acceptable or expected behavior for our event. As stakeholders, we all have a role to play in the mitigation of COVID-19 risks. If we can collectively adhere to the code of conduct, we are showing a sign of respect to our fellow industry colleagues and advocating for the well-being of our fellow global citizens. Please click here to view the Code of Conduct that you will need to agree to at the time of registration. 



The health and safety of guests and team members is the number one priority for the Omni Royal Orleans Click here to view the protocol and steps the resort will be taking during this time period and their commitment to all while at the hotel. Omni Royal Orleans is closely monitoring government policy changes, Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines, Federal, State, and Local government mandates, and public health advancements. They will continue to make changes as necessary or appropriate to their protocols and procedures. 




Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY) Travel Ready is a strategic and comprehensive plan that outlines the precautions the airport and its partners are taking to provide a safe and healthy travel journey. This plan is a coordinated effort to adapt airport facilities and operations based on CDC and other health expert recommendations to protect passengers and employees against the spread of COVID-19 and other germs during their time at the airport. Click here to learn more about what they are doing on-site. 

Local Resources 


For convenience, contact information and associated COVID-19 hotlines for local medical facilities is provided below:

Tulane Medical Center - closest hospital to the hotel 

University Medical Center New Orleans

NOLA Hospitality Safe

Louisiana Department of Health 

What To Do If You Are Sick 

Liability Waiver 


The AFIA is holding this meeting in accordance with state and local regulations and is implementing precautions based on CDC recommendations to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The AFIA expects that its attendees will also adhere to its instructions on avoiding the spread of COVID-19 and reserves the right to remove attendees who do not comply. However, the AFIA cannot guarantee that you, as an attendee, will not become infected with COVID-19. Furthermore, participation in this AFIA event could increase your chances of contracting COVID-19. Should you still choose to attend, you will need to agree to the liability waiver.  Please click here or contact register@afia.org for a copy of this waiver. 

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Contact Us


KIM ATKINS     (703) 558-3566     katkins@afia.org

Contact Kim, manager of membership & engagement, for more information on becoming an AFIA member.

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.

Rebecca Kane, CMP     (703) 558-3563     rkane@afia.org

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