Purchasing & Ingredient Suppliers

Conference

March 9-11, 2021, Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress | Orlando, Florida
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FAQs

Who plans this event?

AFIA's Purchasing & Ingredient Suppliers 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 PISC be different in this new era? 

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 Hyatt recommendations.  More information will be available here as we get closer to March 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.

What are the registration costs? 

The early-bird fees are $599 for Members, $2,050 for Nonmembers and $105 for Spouses if you register by Jan. 15, 2021.  After that the rates go up to $699 for Members, $2,150 for Nonmembers.  Registration closes on Feb. 19, 2021 and only onsite rates are available at that point. There is a $100 surcharge for not registering online. Registration includes admittance to all the education sessions, 2 breakfasts, 2 receptions and the networking opportunities.  Badges are required for admittance. 

Who and why should I attend? 

WHO: The program is designed to benefit all feed, ingredient and pet food professionals so anyone interested in the current state of the animal feed industry should attend.  Every year, past attendees recommend PISC as the best meeting for buyers and sellers of ingredients. We invite you to view the 2019 and 2018 registrations lists. WHY: PISC will help identify the tools to drive your business! PISC provides market analysis, perspectives on the animal feed industry, hot topics and a host of other valuable information you will find useful in running your business.

What can you expect at PISC? 

PISC’s goal is twofold: First, PISC offers timely information by providing tools to help you conduct your business better. Second, PISC brings together the buyers and sellers of feed and pet food ingredients for face-to-face opportunities. 

Where can I book a hotel room?

AFIA is pleased to offer registrants a limited number of hotel rooms at a preferred rate of $249 per night (plus tax). The block rate guarantees complimentary internet access in your guest room. Please contact the Hyatt Regency directly using this link or call (888) 421-1442 to reserve under the group name “American Feed Industry Association.” AFIA has a limited number of rooms blocked. The block is available through Feb. 15, 2021, or until it fills up. To secure your room within the block, be sure to book before Feb. 15, 2021. Please be aware that fraudulent companies have been calling attendees claiming to represent us and the Hyatt. AFIA does not work with a housing bureau for this event and we do not endorse any of these companies. Reservations should only be made directly with the Hyatt Regency. 

Are sleeping accommodations included in the registration fee? 

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

How do I register?

To register, click here to complete the writable registration form (type directly on the document) and mail, email or fax it to the AFIA office, or visit afia.org to register online. You will receive a $100 discount if you register online. For your convenience, a list of registrants will be shared with attendees prior to the event. A printed registration list will not be available in 2021. Instead we invite you to take advantage of viewing it via our event app. 

What is the registration cancellation policy?

A 90% refund is available if you notify AFIA of cancellation in writing by Dec. 31, 2020. A 50% refund is available when received prior to Feb. 15, 2021. No refund is available after Feb. 15, 2021. The golf/sporting clays are non-refundable after Feb. 19, 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.

What is the difference between registering online and registering via email or fax?

AFIA members will receive $100 off their rate by completing their registration online. The rates listed on this website include the member discount. 

Can nonmembers receive the $100 discount off registration?

The $100 off discount is a member-only benefit. Nonmembers can, however, take advantage of early bird registration rates. For more information on becoming an AFIA member, please contact Sarah Novak, vice president of membership and public relations at snovak@afia.org

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, receptions, and tradeshow at the event to maximize the benefits. 

Is the conference approved for ARPAS credits?

Yes, PISC is approved for 5 CEUs eligible for ARPAS members who attend.

What is the dress code?

The dress code for this event is business casual. March temperatures in Orlando have an average high of 79 degrees and 65 degrees as a low.

What are the registration desk hours?  

Monday: Noon – 5 p.m.
Tuesday: 7 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 7 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Thursday: 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.

Are committee meetings being held in Orlando?

Yes, some AFIA committees will be meeting in Orlando. Visit the "Get Involved" tab to see which ones or expect to hear soon from the staff liaison of each committee.

Do I have to register for the conference to participate in the Golf/Sporting Clay outing?

Yes, attendees must be registered for PISC in order to participate in the Tuesday group activities. AFIA reserves the right to deny registration to the conference. 

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.

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. 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 Orlando promotional photos and text used on this website are for marketing purposes only and were provided by the Orlando Convention & Visitors Authority and the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress. 

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Contact Us

Daisy Rodriguez     (703) 650-0144    drodriguez@afia.org

Contact Daisy, coordinator of meetings and events, for any questions regarding registration, golf/sporting clay pairings, payment and invoicing.

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

Contact Veronica, senior director of meetings and events, for any questions regarding agenda, hotel accomodations or event expectations.

Sarah Novak   (703) 558-3574    snovak@afia.org

Contact Sarah, vice president of membership and public relations, for any questions regarding AFIA membership opportunities. 

Lynette Tucker   (703) 558-3573    ltucker@afia.org

Contact Lynette, specialist of meetings and events, for any questions regarding sponsorships.