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Purchasing/ingredient suppliers conference

The American Feed Industry Association will host its annual Purchasing and Ingredient Suppliers Conference, March 11-13, 2009, at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort near Destin, Fla.

The conference, held in conjunction with AFIA's Spring Forum, is a valuable educational and networking opportunity for buyers and sellers in the animal feed, integrated production and pet food industries.

Expert speakers will cover a variety of subjects vital to operating businesses in today's economy and fiscal environment. Topics to be covered include energy costs, feed safety, global protein demand, environmental issues, and regulations regarding bovine spongiform encephalopathy. The list of featured speakers includes Dr. Bernadette Dunham, director of the Food and Drug Administration's Center for Veterinary Medicine; Orion Samuelson, the long-time farm broadcaster at WGN Radio; Gerald May of Procter and Gamble; Tom Cook of the National Renderers Association; and Trent Loos of "Loos Tales" and other media ventures.

The conference theme, "Celebrating the Past, Embracing the Future," reflects AFIA's 100th anniversary commemoration which will begin with a Celebration Luncheon on March 11. The golf tournament, which has become a tradition among attendees, will wrap up events on March 13.

Hotel reservations should be made directly with the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort at (800) 320-8115 or www.Sandestin.com/21W9EZ.aspx prior to Feb. 7, 2009. Mention group code 21W9EZ for the special room rate of $165 for a Village room or $185 for a Village one-bedroom suite.

If you are interested in sponsorships for the conference or the golf tournament, contact Sarah Novak, AFIA's director of membership and services, at snovak@afia.org.

For additional program details and online registration, visit www.afia.org or contact AFIA meeting planner Veronica Pedrotty at vpedrotty@afia.org or (703) 558-3563.

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