Thank you for attending the 2017 Feed and Pet Food Joint Conference in Louisville, KY. We look forward to seeing you for the 2018 Feed and Pet Food Joint Conference, to be held September 17-19 in St. Louis, MO. Registration information will be made available in Spring of 2018.


 Speakers & Presentations


General Session | Opening Keynote
Ryan Quarles, Commissioner, Kentucky Department of Agriculture. Ryan Quarles was elected Kentucky’s Commissioner of Agriculture in 2015. At 33, Commissioner Quarles is currently the youngest statewide elected official in the United States. Ryan was elected to the Kentucky General Assembly in 2010, representing Scott, Owen, and Fayette counties. Ryan served as vice-chairman of the House Judiciary Committee and served on the Agriculture and Small Business Committee, the Tobacco Master Settlement Oversight Committee, and the Banking and Insurance Committee. Ryan grew up on his family’s farm in Scott County, coming from a family that has lived in central Kentucky for over 200 years.
General Session | FDA Keynote | CVM Food Safety Overview

Dr. Steven Solomon, Director, FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine Dr. Steven Solomon was appointed Director of the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Veterinary Medicine in January 2017. Dr. Solomon previously served as the Deputy Associate Commissioner for Regulatory Affairs within the Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Regulatory Affairs. He joined FDA in 1990 as a Veterinary Medical Officer in the Center for Veterinary Medicine, and has served in various policy and leadership positions in the Office of Regulatory Affairs’ Office of Enforcement, Office of Regional Operations and as the Assistant Commissioner for Compliance Policy. He also served in the Office of Global Regulatory Operations and Policy.Dr. Solomon has a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Ohio State University and a Master’s in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University. To view presentation please click here.


General Session | A Look to the Future: GMO Food Disclosure Standards – Potential Impacts on Animal Food
Bobby Frederick, Director of Legislative Affairs and Public Policy, National Grain and Feed Association. As NGFA director of legislative affairs and public policy, Frederick serves as the Association’s principal policy advocate on Capitol Hill, and is intimately involved in developing and executing the association’s overall legislative strategy. He is the lead staff member on agricultural biotechnology issues, and serves as principal staff liaison to NGFA’s Biotechnology Committee.  He also leads NGFA’s staff efforts on inland waterway and port issues, and serves as principal staff liaison to the Waterborne Commerce Committee. In addition, he is responsible for operating Grain and Feed PAC.Frederick has more than 11 years of experience on Capitol Hill. Frederick previously held a position as legislative director for Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill., serving as his lead staff member for agricultural biotechnology and research issues, as well as rail, waterway and surface transportation policy. To view presentation please click here.
General Session | AAFCO Initiatives for 2018
Robert Waltz, Indiana State Chemist and Seed Commissioner, Office of the Indiana State Chemist. Robert Waltz was appointed Indiana State Chemist in 2006. Previously, Waltz served as state entomologist and director of the Division of Entomology and Plant Pathology at the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.Waltz serves on several state and national panels. He is vice chair of the Indiana Pesticide Review Board and serves on the Gypsy Moth Slow the Spread Foundation board, the national emerald ash borer science advisory panel and the National Plant Board. He also is a former chairman of the Exotic Species List Committee for the Entomological Society of America and past president of the Indiana Academy of Science. To view presentation please click here.
General Session | Update from FDA: Status of Preventive Controls Compliance Activities Under FSMA
Jenny Murphy, Consumer Safety Officer, FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine, Office of Surveillance and Compliance, U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Murphy joined FDA in 2002 working as a reviewer of animal food labels and food additive petitions in CVM’s Division of Animal Feeds.  In 2008, her responsibilities expanded to include work in food safety policy.  In her current position, Murphy is responsible for overseeing CVM’s involvement in implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act and served as the work group lead for the Preventive Controls for Animal Food rule.   She also served as the FDA lead in development of the Animal Food Regulatory Program Standards and the Animal Feed Network and is a senior project manager for the Partnership for Food Protection. Murphy received her Bachelors and Masters of Science degrees in animal science from North Carolina State University. To view presentation please click here.
General Session | A Perspective from Inside the Beltway: Agricultural Policy in the Current Administration
David Crow, President, D.C. Legislative & Regulatory Services. Crow founded D.C. Legislative & Regulatory Services in 1991 to provide government relations services in legislative and regulatory affairs. His firm specializes in a number of policy areas including agriculture, climate, energy, international, labor and immigration, transportation and infrastructure. During his career, Crow worked for former Rep. Tom Coleman (R-MO), former Secretary of Agriculture Jack Block, the Fertilizer Institute, the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives and the Jefferson Group. Crow is a graduate of the University of Maryland with a degree in Political Science and Journalism and has an MPA from The George Washington University.
Breakout A: Pet Food Focus
Update from the Alliance for Research and Innovation in the Rendering and Pet Food Industries
Dr. Kevin Pond, Department Head, Animal Sciences, Colorado State UniversityDr. Kevin Pond, a Colorado native, joined CSU as the Department of Animal Sciences Head in August 2011. He grew up in rural Ithaca, New York, graduated in Animal Science from Cornell University and attended Texas A&M University where he received a master of science (1979) and a Ph.D. in nutrition (1982). His professional career began at North Carolina State University in a teaching and research position where he progressed to full professor. For the past 15 years he has been Professor and Chair of the Department on Animal and Food Sciences at Texas Tech University.
Breakout A: Pet Food Focus
Improving the Pet Food Label
Jim Barritt, Government and Regulatory Affairs Manager, Mars Petcare. Barritt is responsible for the strategic leadership of Mars Petcare North American regulatory initiatives in the areas of quality and food safety, labeling, advertising and trade negotiations.  He joined Mars Petcare in 2008 after working for five years with Menu Foods as vice president of quality and regulatory and 17 years with Heinz Pet Products in the areas of quality and pet product development. Barritt has a Bachelor of Science in Bacteriology and Public Health from Wagner College, in Staten Island, New York, and an MBA from Nova Southwest University in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. To view presentation please click here.
Breakout B: Feed Focus Conducting an Effective Animal Feed Hazard Evaluation
Dr. Cassandra Jones, Associate Professor, Kansas State University. Dr. Cassie Jones is the Undergraduate Research Coordinator in the Department of Animal Sciences & Industry at Kansas State University. She coordinates undergraduate students interested in research projects across disciplines and species. Her research efforts include evaluating the effects of ingredients or feed processing technologies on feed safety and animal nutrition. Dr. Jones is originally from Beulah, N.D., where her family raised Rambouillet sheep. She is formally trained as an applied swine nutritionist. She and her husband, Spencer, have three children, Ty, Hayden, and Hadley, and raise Angus cattle near Wamego. To view presentation please click here.

General Session | Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance Education and Training Initiatives
Jerry Wojtala, Executive Director, International Food Protection Training InstituteGerald Wojtala, Executive Director at the IFPTI. Previously, he was Deputy Director of the Food & Dairy Division with the Michigan Department of Agriculture where he managed the food protection programs in the state of Michigan (oversight of division employees and accreditation of 45 local public health programs). He was also responsible for legislative interaction and led efforts for the major amending and reenactment of the state food law. Mr. Wojtala is the Past-President of the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO). Prior to government service, he worked as a microbiologist at Difco Laboratories in Detroit. He is a long standing member of the Institute of Food Technologists and is also a current lead instructor with the National Center for Biomedical Research and Training, Academy of Counter-Terrorist Education at Louisiana State University. Mr. Wojtala received the FDA Commissioner’s Special Citation for his role in investigating an outbreak of Hepatitis A among school children from the consumption of strawberries and also for managing the response to the Power Blackout of 2003 that occurred in the N.E. United States. Mr. Wojtala holds a degree in Microbiology from Eastern Michigan University and graduate work in Food Science at Wayne State University. To view presentation please click here.
General Session | Having “The Talk”: Preparing for New Conversation-Based Inspections

  • Richard Driggs, Director of Operational Quality, Nestle Purina PetCare
  • Matt Frederking, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and Quality, Mid America Pet Food
  • Dr. Cassandra Jones, Associate Professor, Kansas State University
  • Dr. Michele Sayles, Executive Director of Food Safety and Quality, Diamond Pet Foods

To view presentation please click here.

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