Liquid Feed


Sept. 12-14, 2023, Hyatt Regency Louisville | Louisville, KY


All sessions will be held at the Regency South


Tuesday, September 12, 2023


10 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. 

Registration - Regency Foyer

1 - 1:10 p.m.

Welcome and Introduction

1:10 - 1:30 p.m.

Louisville Introduction

Stacey Yates, Chief Marketing Officer, Louisville Tourism

1:30 - 2 p.m.

Interrelationships among the microbial metabolites of a molasses based liquid supplement, gut health, and growth of grain-finished feedlot cattle

Jon Schoonmaker, Associate Professor, Purdue University

2 - 2:30 p.m.

Effects of replacing soybean hulls with molasses during the receiving period of feedlot calves

Francine Henry, Assistant Professor-Beef Extension Specialist, University of Georgia

2:30 - 3 p.m.

Label Claims/Ingredient Approvals

Leah Wilkinson, Vice President, Public Policy and Education, American Feed Industry Association

3 - 3:30 p.m. Break - Ice Cream Social
3:30 - 3:55 p.m.

Dry Ingredient Forecast

Allen Douglass, Regional Director, StoneX

3:55 - 4:20 p.m.

Liquid Ingredient Forecast

John Cropley, Commodity Analyst, ED&F Man Liquid Products

4:20 - 4:30 p.m. Q&A Ingredient Speakers
4:30 - 6:30 p.m. Critical Liquid Supplementation - Regency North

Wednesday, September 13, 2023


7 a.m. - 6 p.m. Registration - Regency Foyer
7 - 8 a.m. Breakfast - Regency North
8 - 8:05 a.m.

Welcome and Opening Remarks

8:05 - 8:45 a.m

Sustainability Topic

Gene Lollis, Ranch Manager, Archbold Biological Station

8:45 - 9:30 a.m.

Sustaining our Future: Branding and Marketing Sustainability

Ashley Hughes, Owner/President, Ashley Hughes Consulting

9:30 - 10:15 a.m.   

Marketing/Product Placement in Yellowstone: Capturing the Magic

Courtney Dyer, Director of Marketing, Priefert Manufacturing, Inc.

10:15 - 10:45 a.m. Break
10:45 - 12:00 p.m. 

Keynote Speaker - Ag as a Key Player in the Future of Climate Solutions

Tara Vander Dussen, Environmental Consultant, The New Mexico Milk Maid

12 - 12:10 p.m. Liquid Feed Facility Of The Year and IFEEDER award presentations

12:10 - 1:25 p.m.

AFIA Lunch - Regency North


1:25 - 1:30 p.m.


Welcome Back Announcements

1:30 - 2:15 p.m.

Breakout Sessions

Session 1

Why Are Cattle Targeted in the Climate Change Discussion?

Ellen Dierenfeld, Lead Specialist, Sustainable Feed Innovations at WWF (World Wildlife Fund)

Session 2

How to Successfully Advocate for Agriculture 

Tara Vander Dussen, Environmental Consultant, the New Mexico Milk Maid 

2:15 - 3 p.m. 

Blame the Planes Not the Cows

Nevil Speer, Industry Consultant, Turkey Track Consulting

3 - 3:30 p.m.

Carbon and Cattle: Cleaning Up the Conversation

Samantha Werth, Senior Director, Sustainability, National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA)

3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Winning the Race on Employee Retention

Kristen Ireland, Co-owner, People Spark Consulting

Erin Mies, Co-owner, People Spark Consulting

4:30 - 6 p.m. Happy Hour and Kenny Berg Fundraiser Auction - Regency North

Thursday, September 14, 2023


7 - 10 a.m. Registration - Regency Foyer
7 - 7:55 a.m. Breakfast - Regency North
7:55 - 8 a.m.

Welcome Announcements

8 - 9 a.m.

What do the U.S. Dairy Industry’s 2050 Environmental Stewardship Goals and the Net Zero Initiatives Means to Feed Producers and Practicing Nutritionist?

Fabian Bernal, VP Measuring and Modeling, Dairy Management Inc.

9 - 10 a.m.

Weather Outlook 

Matt Makens, Meteorologist/Atmospheric Scientist, Makens Weather, LLC

10 - 10:15 a.m. Break
10:15 - 11:15 a.m.

Market Outlook

Randy Blach, CEO, CattleFax

11:15 a.m.

Closing Remarks

2 - 8 p.m.

*Churchill Downs Twilight Race (*additional fee required)

There is an additional fee of $150 per person. The fee includes: round-trip transportation to and from the hotel, entrance to the Derby Museum, twilight races from the Roses Lounge including full buffet meal. Limited tickets are available (50), so we encourage reserving your tickets early. Tickets are nonrefundale but transferable.

*Times and speakers are subject to change (times in EST)

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Contact Us

SARAH NOVAK    (703) 558-3574     SNOVAK@AFIA.ORG

Contact Sarah, chief operating officer, for information on membership opportunities.

PAUL DAVIS, PH.D.     (703) 650-0146    PDAVIS@AFIA.ORG

Contact Paul, director of quality, animal food safety and education, for any questions regarding conference agenda and event expectations.


Contact Daisy, manager of meetings and events, for any questions regarding registration, payment, and invoicing.


Contact Lynette, manager of meetings and sponsorships, for any questions regarding sponsorships, agenda, and event expectations.