Joint Feed/Pet Food Conference

Joint Feed/Pet Food Conference


NGFA and the Pet Food Institute collaborate on an annual Joint Feed/Pet Food Conference. The program is designed specifically for feed and pet food sectors and addresses pressing policy, regulatory and operations issues that companies face in today’s environment.

The 2015 conference is slated Sept. 29 to Oct. 1 in Columbus, Ohio, at the Hyatt Regency.

Working Agenda
as of 8/3/15

Tuesday, Sept. 29
Noon – 4 p.m.                  PFI and NGFA Committee Meetings
5:00 – 7:00 p.m.             Joint Conference Evening Reception


Wednesday, Sept. 30
7:30 – 8:30 a.m.               Breakfast
8:30 – 8:45 a.m.               Conference Welcome RemarksRandall Gordon, President, NGFA (confirmed) and Cathy Enright, President, PFI (confirmed)

8:45 – 9:30 am           FSMA: The Move from Rulemaking to Implementation – Dr. Dan McChesney, Director, FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine Office of Surveillance and Compliance (confirmed)

9:30 – 10:15 am         FSMA: Preparing for Compliance – Scott MacIntire, Director, FDA Division of Enforcement, Office of Enforcement and Import Operations (invited)

10:15 – 10:45 am       Break in Exhibit Hall

10:45 – 11:05 am       AAFCO Priorities for 2016 – Richard TenEyck, President AAFCO (confirmed)

11:05 – 11:30 am       Role of the States in FSMA Implementation – Bob Ehart, Senior Policy & Science Advisor, NASDA (invited)

11:30 am – 1:00 pm   Lunch

1:00 – 2:30 pm           Panel Discussion, Product Safety from Varied Perspectives: A Culture, Systems and Legal Approach – Michele Evans, Executive Director of Food Safety and Quality Assurance, Diamond Pet (confirmed); Ryan Brown, Global Supplier Process Manager, Cargill Animal Nutrition (confirmed); Brian Waldman, Partner, Arent Fox (confirmed)

2:30 – 3:30 pm           Panel Discussion, Evaluating Feed/Feed Ingredient Suppliers – How We Do Business in the Supply Chain  – Rosalind Zils, Director, External Supply Chain Quality, Land O Lakes (confirmed); Pet Food Speaker (invited)

3:30 – 4:00 pm           Break in Exhibit Hall

Concurrent Breakout Sessions 4:00 – 5:00 pm (2 presentations per session – 30 minutes each):

Track A                        Consumer Confusion on Pet Food Labels and How We Can Fix It – Jim Barritt, Government and Regulatory Manager, Mars Pet Care US (confirmed);

Track A                        Emerging Techniques for Pathogen Control – Siobhan Reilly, Owner and Food Microbiologist, Log10 (confirmed)


Track B                        Antimicrobial Resistance and the Veterinary Feed DirectiveDr. Dan McChesney, Director, FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine Office of Surveillance and Compliance (confirmed)

Track B                        OSHA’s Revised Hazard Communication Standard – Impacts on the Feed and Pet Food Industries – David Fairfield, Vice President, Feed Services, National Grain and Feed Association (confirmed)

5:00 – 6:30 pm           Reception in Trade Show


Thursday, Oct. 1
7:30 – 8:30 a.m.               Breakfast

8:30 – 11:30 am         Workshop – CGMPs and Preventive Controls: Understanding the New Animal Food Requirements and How to Demonstrate Compliance Cassandra Jones, Assistant Professor of Feed Technology, Kansas State University and Greg Aldrich, Research Associate Professor and Pet Food Program Coordinator, Kansas State University (invited)

11:30 – 11:45 am       Closing Remarks and Conference Adjourns

For more information on the type of programming, see the 2014 Joint Conference program or see who attended.

Registration Open


Early Bird rates are valid through August 9, 2015


Hyatt Regency Columbus
350 North High Street
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: (614) 463-1234

Reserve your room online.


The 2015 Feed and Pet Food Joint Conference provides many ways for industry suppliers to increase their industry exposure through sponsorship of the event.

Sponsors are recognized based upon their total contribution to the Joint Conference, and available sponsorship may be selected during the registration process.

If you have a question about sponsorship, please write to PFI at or call (202) 367-1120.