Pet Food Conference

January 30, 2024 | 7 a.m. - 4 p.m. ET
Georgia World Congress Center | Thomas B. Murphy Ballroom | Atlanta, Ga.
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Agenda

Tuesday, January 30, 2024

7 - 8 a.m. Breakfast
8 - 8:10 a.m.  Welcome and Introductions
8:10 - 9 a.m.

Nourishing Companions: Emerging Trends in the Global Pet Food Market

Lynn Dornblaser, Director, Innovation & Insight

Mintel

9 - 9:50 a.m.

Sustainable Pet Food Formulations Through the Use of Rendered Products

Dr. Charles Starkey, Vice President of Scientific and Regulatory Affairs

North American Renderers Association

9:50 - 10:10 a.m Break
10:10 - 11 a.m.

Packaging Regulations and Pawsibilities: The Ongoing Pursuit of Sustainable Pet Food Packaging

Dr. Rafael Auras, Professor, School of Packaging

Michigan State University

11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Emerging Issues In The Pet Industry 

Invited papers from four graduate students

Yeast based ingredient affects canine gastrointestinal microbiata fermentation dynamics

Vanessa De La Guardia-Hidrogo, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Situational analysis for consumer-focused sorghum in north american pet foods

Elaheh Rabiee, Kansas State University

Effects of reformulation of a crystalline amino acid reference diet in dogs to determine protein quality of ingredients

Michelina Crosbie, University of Guelph

Pet food producers’ perception of sorghum as an ingredient in pet food/treats

Katelyn Bailey, Kansas State University

12 - 12:05 p.m.

Friend Of Pet Food Award

12:05 - 1:10 p.m. Networking Lunch 
1:10 - 2 p.m.

Are Cats and Dogs the New Climate Culprits? Separating Facts from Fiction

Dr. Frank Mitloehner, Director, CLEAR Center

Department of Animal Science, University of California, Davis

2 - 2:45 p.m.

Panel Discussion

Agri Trade Inside Panel: USDA FAS and USTR Representatives will Provide Valuable Insights into the Intersection of Agriculture and Trade Policies

Moderator: 

Constance Cullman, President and CEO

American Feed Industry Association

Guests: 

Ambassador Doug McKalip, Chief Agricultural Negotiator

Office of the United States Trade Representative

Alexis M. Taylor, Under Secretary, Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs

U.S. Department of Agriculture

2:45-  3:45 p.m.

Biotic Buzz: Definitions, Potential Benefits and Application to Pets

Dr. Kelly Swanson, Department of Animal Sciences and Division of Nutritional Sciences

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign 

3:45 - 4 p.m.

Wrap up and Adjourn

*Times and speakers are subject to change (times in EST)
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LOUISE CALDERWOOD     (703) 558-3568     LCALDERWOOD@AFIA.ORG

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

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LYNETTE TUCKER   (703) 558-3573    LTUCKER@AFIA.ORG

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