National Poultry Industry Safety Conference Focuses On Plant, Worker Safety

The 2013 National Safety Conference for the Poultry Industry is a three-day event designed specifically for poultry facility and corporate safety personnel.

The Conference is sponsored by the Agriculture Technology Research Program at the Georgia Tech Research Institute, U.S. Poultry & Egg Association, Georgia Poultry Federation, National Chicken Council, and National Turkey Federation. This year's conference will be held August 19 – 21, at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation, Amelia Island, FL.

"This year's program will focus on issues pertinent to new and experienced poultry industry safety professionals. Plant and corporate safety and health personnel will have the opportunity to listen to expert speakers from industry, government, and a keynote speaker from OHSA as they discuss current information related to plant and worker safety," said program committee chairman Reggie McLee, Wayne Farms.

Topics will include an OSHA Update; Continuous Improvement Processes; Modernization of Poultry Inspection: Overview and Safety Implications; Contractor Safety; DOT Update; Workplace Violence; Hazard Recognition; Illegal Drug Use in the Workplace: Financial Impact and Effective Testing Strategies and Management; Best Practices Shared by Safety Award Recipients; The David Wylie Insight Lecture Series; and related roundtable discussions.

The agenda was developed by a planning committee of industry safety and health representatives. Committee members include: Reggie McLee, Wayne Farms (Chairman); Lisa Blotsky, Tyson Foods.; Frank Cruice, Perdue Farms.; Ronnie Franklin, Fieldale Farms; Mike Nations, Harrison Poultry; Dan Ortiz, Georgia Tech Research Institute; Brian Rodgers, Butterball LLC; Daron Sharp, Simmons Foods; Rick Shefelton, Gerber Poultry; Doug Sikes, Crider, Inc.; Gregory Smith, George's, Inc.; Tim Ward, Keystone Foods; and Kari Waters, GNP Company.

To register online for the 2013 National Safety Conference for the Poultry Industry, go to . is dedicated to serving the agricultural industry in the Carolinas and Virginia with the latest ag news, exclusive regional weather station readings, and key crop market information. The website is a companion of the Southern Farm Network, provider of daily agricultural radio programming to the Carolinas since 1974. presents radio programs, interviews and news relevant to crop and livestock production and research throughout the mid-Atlantic agricultural community.