Conferences and Workshops

Extension faculty for poultry science are actively involved in providing educational opportunities for poultry producers in Georgia. These programs are conducted independently and/or with the cooperation of the Georgia Poultry Federation, U.S. Poultry and Egg Association, Georgia Egg Association, allied industries and the county extension agents. The following are the major educational programs offered.


International Poultry Training Series - February 16 - March 18, 2021

This online training series will cover a broad range of topics for those new to the poultry industry as well as experienced professionals. Participants will have the opportunity to interact with experts in many areas of poultry production during the series. Each module within the series will include both basic and advanced instruction. Modules will be made available for viewing separately or in their entirety. Contact Dr. Casey Ritz (critz@uga.edu) or Dr. Brian Fairchild (brian.fairchild@uga.edu) for more information.

International Poultry Shortcourse - January 21-24, 2020

This is four-day course held the week after the U.S. Poultry and Egg Association International Poultry Exposition. The course covers a broad range of topics to those new to the poultry industry and experienced professionals. In addition to formal instruction, demonstrations will be conducted at the UGA research facility in Athens. Participants have the opportunity to interact with experts in many areas. Tuition for the conference includes lunches and basic materials for the course. Other meals, lodging and transportation are not included. Contact Dr. Brian Fairchild (brianf@uga.edu) or Dr. Casey Ritz (critz@uga.edu) for more information.

Salmonella and Campylobacter Control in Poultry Production and Processing - Meeting Food Safety Goals - January 30-31, 2020

The 2019 IPPE will offer a new education program "Salmonella and Campylobacter Control in Poultry Production and Processing - Meeting Food Safety Goals." The program, scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 14, and Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, will provide participants with new information on state-of-the-art technologies, methods and processes in addressing food safety issues faced by the poultry industry.

The first day, speakers will discuss the analysis and set-up of microbial interventions for poultry processing. The topics cover international food safety requirements and pre- and post-harvest interventions. The second day will be held at the University of Georgia's poultry processing pilot plant where attendees will participate in hands-on activities.  

The fee for this program is $600. Lunch is included both days and transportation to and from UGA will be provided.

More information, including a full agenda, is available on the IPPE website. Be sure to register to attend today! Contact Dr. Harsha Thippareddi (harsha.thippareddi@uga.edu) or Dr. Manpreet Singh (manpreet@uga.edu) for more information.

This event is put on by University of Georgia Dept. of Poultry Science and U.S. Poultry and Egg Association.

Deep South Poultry Conference - March 18, 2020

This conference is held each spring in Tifton, Ga. with the Georgia Poultry Federation. The conference provides educational programming for poultry producers in south Georgia, with an emphasis on broiler and breeder management. The conference regularly attracts around 125 participants from Georgia and Florida. For more information, please contact Dr. Claudia Dunkley (cdunkley@uga.edu) or Dr. Casey Ritz (critz@uga.edu).

Hot Weather Management Workshop - April 21-23, 2020

This workshop is conducted jointly with the UGA College of Engineering and emphasizes new technology and basic hot weather ventilation procedures for poultry house design and operation. This annual, two-and-a-half day workshop is for industry and university personnel with an interest in broiler house environmental control. The topics focus on optimizing broiler performance during hot weather while minimizing costs. Contact Mike Czarick (mczarick@uga.edu) or Dr. Brian Fairchild (brianf@uga.edu) for more information.

Avian Academy Teacher Education Program - June 28-30, 2021

Experience classes with UGA professors as you explore anatomy, biology, chemistry and math through the eyes of a poultry scientist in hands-on labs that are designed for you to take directly back to your classroom - curriculum included! For more information, please contact Jessica Fife at jfife@uga.edu.

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Georgia Layer Conference - September 27, 2021

The Georgia Layer Conference is one of two new conferences that replaced the general "Georgia Poultry Conference" held in previous years. At this event, industry professionals and producers come together to learn and discuss current issues facing table egg and hatchery egg production specifically. For more information, please contact Dr. Lilong Chai (lchai@uga.edu) or Dr. Casey Ritz (critz@uga.edu).

Virtual HACCP Roundtable for Meat & Poultry Processors - June 30, 2021 (Virtual)

The HACCP Roundtable Discussion is designed to discuss food safety and operational opportunities in poultry and meat processing. For more information, please contact Dr. Manpreet Singh (manpreet@uga.edu) or Dr. Harshavardhan Thippareddi (harsha.thippareddi@uga.edu).

Open House Event

Our Department of Poultry Science Open House is a FREE event that allows high school and potential college transfer students interested in science, technology, animals, and more for a day with UGA Department of Poultry Science faculty as they showcase their specialty in the poultry science and avian biology industries through various sessions.

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Cold Weather Ventilation Webinar Series - October 8 - November 24, 2020

This year we will be conducting an eight session webinar series related to ventilating poultry houses during cold weather. The sessions will be held every Thursday (9-10:30am EDT) from October 8 - November 24th. Contact Mike Czarick (mczarick@uga.edu) or Dr. Brian Fairchild (brianf@uga.edu) for more information.

Cold Weather Management Workshop - November

This workshop is a joint effort with the UGA College of Engineering, and focuses on new technology and basic cold weather ventilation procedures for poultry house design and operation. It's an annual two-and-a-half day workshop for industry and university personnel with an interest in broiler house environmental control. Topics focus on optimizing broiler performance during cold weather while minimizing costs. Contact Mike Czarick (mczarick@uga.edu) or Dr. Brian Fairchild (brianf@uga.edu) for more information.

National Egg Products School

The National Egg Products School, sponsored by the University of Georgia Dept. of Poultry Science and the American Egg Board, is a biennial, four-day school focusing on eggs and egg products.  

The course brings together experts interested in poultry science and egg functionality from the USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and universities such as Iowa State, Texas A&M and North Carolina State. Dr. Manpreet Singh, Extension Food Safety Specialist in the Department of Poultry Science at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia, is the school’s director.

Participants include food formulators, chefs and egg industry professionals, who receive a thorough introduction to eggs and egg products, from their initial formation through the packaging of liquid and dried egg products for industrial use. This “farm to fork” review includes side excursions into molecular structure, safety, microbiology and the latest research on egg nutrition.

Alongside the educational lectures and presentations, the program incorporates hands-on sessions where participants use a variety of egg ingredients to create products such as angel food cake, ice cream, mayonnaise and custard. The intent is to demonstrate the functional characteristics egg ingredients supply to these applications, investigate the scientific principles behind the functionality, and then taste the results.

Participants also learn about the effects of impurities or bad processing techniques. Eggs can provide functional benefits such as aeration, binding, humectancy and emulsification. In addition, real egg ingredients create better products in appearance and texture.

For more information, please contact Dr. Manpreet Singh (manpreet@uga.edu).

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Hatchery/Breeder Workshop

For more information, please contact Dr. Jeanna Wilson at jeannaw@uga.edu.

Campylobacter Workshop

With the new USDA performance standards for Campylobacter, a major cause of foodborne illness in the U.S., the University of Georgia has developed a 2 1/2 day hands-on intensive training program specifically for those who want to learn about Campylobacter and its challenges in poultry. The workshop consists of lectures and hands-on group exercises designed to help attendees gain an understanding of Campylobacter and the concepts of its control on farms and in processing plants. The goal of the workshop is for attendees to gain a working knowledge of current techniques used to identify the pathogen as well as measures that can be implemented to control it. For more information, please contact Dr. Manpreet Singh (manpreet@uga.edu).

Nutrient Management Training

These educational programs for personnel and growers of poultry companies in Georgia are a continuation of programs initiated in 1999-2000, providing poultry producers with the information to develop nutrient management plans. Programs are designed to fit the needs of individual companies and are presented by UGA Extension faculty and county agents. Training is provided upon request. Contact Dr. Casey Ritz (critz@uga.edu) for more information.

Georgia Broiler Conference - September 23, 2020

The Georgia Broiler Conference is one of two new conferences that replaced the general "Georgia Poultry Conference" held in previous years. At this event, industry professionals and producers come together to learn and discuss current issues facing the broiler industry specifically. For more information, please contact Dr. Brian Fairchild (brianf@uga.edu) or Dr. Casey Ritz (critz@uga.edu).

Georgia Precision Poultry Farming Conference - May 4, 2021 (Virtual)

Precision poultry farming is the use of advanced technologies to optimize the contribution and health/welfare management of individual animals. UGA poultry science Extension team will host the 2021 Georgia Precision Poultry Farming Conference to provide a training and exchange opportunity focusing on precision poultry production. At this event, industry professionals, researchers, and producers come together to learn and discuss how precision farming technologies will impact the poultry industry. For more information, please contact Dr. Lilong Chai (lchai@uga.edu) or Dr. Casey Ritz (critz@uga.edu).