TUCKER, Ga. – The Animal Agriculture Sustainability Summit will be held Jan. 26 during the 2016 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. The US Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY) sponsors the event which is in its eighth year at IPPE.

Program highlights for 2016 include viewpoints from industry and agriculture experts on sustainability and why it matters to animal agriculture. Also, the summit will highlight the efforts by the poultry sustainability workgroup to develop an assessment program to identify measureable indicators that can gage industry efforts to maintain and improve sustainability initiatives.

Presenters at the summit include:

• Dr. Marty Matlock and Dr. Greg Thoma, Univ. of Arkansas, on a “Retrospective Analysis of US Poultry Production – A 50 Year Comparison of the Meat Bird Industry.”

• Dr. Joy Mench, Univ. of California, Davis, will discuss “The Sustainability of the Layer Industry — Laying Hen Housing Research — The Coalition for Sustainable Egg Supply.”

• Dr. Claudia Dunkley, Univ. of Georgia, will review a “Carbon Footprint Tool for Poultry and Egg Producers.”

A panel discussion by the Poultry & Egg Sustainability Workgroup will provide an update on the Poultry and Egg Industry Sustainability Assessment Program. The event will conclude with a ceremony to recognize and present honors to winners of USPOULTRY’s 2016 Family Farm Environmental Excellence Award.