WASHINGTON — Antibiotic resistance and product quality will be a primary focus at this year’s inaugural Meat and Poultry Research Conference (MPRC), scheduled for Nov. 1-2 in Kansas City, Mo.

Antibiotic use in livestock production has jumped to the national stage and session attendees will learn about the current state of research addressing the role of antibiotics in producing healthy animals, implications to the finished product and the development of alternative technologies.

Program speakers scheduled to participate include Michael Apley, DVM, Ph.D., DACVCP, Kansas State Univ. College of Veterinary Medicine; Scott Hurd, DVM, Ph.D., Iowa State Univ.; Guy Loneragan, Ph.D., Texas Tech Univ.; and Mary E. Torrence, DVM, Ph.D., DACVPM, ARS, US Department of Agriculture.

Another session will feature industry experts reviewing the current research related to meat and poultry product quality. This session will cover fresh meat and poultry, including new research on tenderness and flavor profiles as well as processed meat and poultry focusing on shelf-life, flavor issues and trends to reduce functional ingredients.

Speakers scheduled to participate in this session include Christine Alvarado, Ph.D., Texas A&M Univ.; Brian Andrews, Hormel Foods Corporation; Dustin Boler, Ph.D., Ohio State Univ.; and Rhonda Miller, Ph.D. Texas A&M Univ..

Conference attendees will discuss research priorities, share research results and look at future needs in an effort to improve the industry’s overall research program.

Click here to view the full agenda.

The Meat and Poultry Research Conference is co-sponsored by the American Meat Institute Foundation, US Poultry Foundation, Beef Checkoff, Pork Checkoff, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, Poultry Science Association and American Meat Science Association.

Registration for members is $300 before Oct. 7 and $250 for three members or more. After Oct. 7, member registration is $350 and $300 for three members or more. Students may register for a special rate of $75. Registration for government/academia is $250 and non-member registration is $675. 

Click here to register or contact AMI Manager of Convention and Exposition Services Rosie Levine at [email protected].