Feed & Pet Food Joint Conference

The 2017 NGFA-PFI Feed and Pet Food Joint Conference is an annual collaboration between the National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) and the Pet Food Institute (PFI), designed specifically for the feed and pet food sectors. The conference addresses pressing policy, regulatory and operations issues that companies face in today’s environment with a strong focus on FSMA compliance.


     2017 Program

       2017 List of Exhibitors


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.




Dr. 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.




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.



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.


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.



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2016 Joint Conference



2016 Conference Program


  1. FDA’s Feed and Pet Food Agenda for 2017 – Jenny Murphy, Consumer Safety Officer, Office of Surveillance and Compliance, FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine
  2. The Ingredient Approval Process – Where Are We Headed?Dr. George Burdock, President, Burdock Group  *Please contact sgonzalez@ngfa.org for access to Dr. Burdock’s presentation.*
  3. Effective Audits – More Than Just a Snapshot in Time – Robert Prevendar, Global Managing Director, Supply Chain Food Safety NSF International
  4. AAFCO Priorities for 2016 and Beyond – Stan Cook, Sr. Board Director, Association of American Feed Control Officials; Program Administrator, Missouri Department of Agriculture
  5. Shifting the Paradigm: Succeeding in the Face of Regulatory Challenges and New Media – Denise Dewar, Senior Consultant, Vanto Group
  6. FSPCA – Preventive Controls and More – Dr. Kim Koch, Feed Production Center Manager, Northern Crops Institute
  7. International Trade Update, Canada – Marty Wilder, Executive Director Pet Food Association of Canada
  8. Benefits of Industry Research – Michele Sayles, Director of Food Safety and Quality Diamond Pet Foods
  9. Benefits of Industry Research – David Meeker, Research Chairman Fats and Proteins Research Foundation
  10. FDA’s Veterinary Feed Directive – Questions & Answers – David Fairfield, Senior Vice President of Feed Services National Grain and Feed Association,
  11. Conducting Effective Hazard Evaluations – Catherine Alexander, DVM, MPH, Dipl ACVPM, Veterinary Medical Resident Center for Animal Health & Food Safety, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota
  12. Sanitary Transport of Human and Animal Food – Jon Samson, Executive Director, Agricultural and Food Transporters Conference, American Trucking Association
  13. Preventive Controls for Animal Food-Supply Chain Requirements Jenny Murphy, Consumer Safety Officer, Office of Surveillance and Compliance, FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine





Purina Animal Nutrition LLC
Trouw Nutrition

DEKRA Insight
The Peterson Company
Watt Global Media

2015 Joint Conference

2015 Joint Conference Attendee List



To Register

NGFA/PFI Member Rates:

Early Bird (June 26 – September 8): $495

Regular (September 9 – October 13): $545

On-Site (October 14 – October 25): $595

Non-member Rates:

Early Bird (June 26 – August 25): $725

Regular (August 26 – October 13): $775

On-Site (October 14 – October 25): $825

To Book a Room

The Seelbach Hilton Louisville

$159 + tax or prevailing rate

Room block cut off date = October 2, 2017

Complimentary Airport Shuttle

Free Wifi in Rooms

To Exhibit

NGFA/PFI Member: $1,200

Non-member: $1,800

  • All exhibitor registrations include one (1) Conference registration, one (1) 8’x10’ pipe and drape booth with one (1) 6’ table, two (2) chairs, and a wastepaper basket

Additional Booth Worker: $200

Exhibitor Set Up: Mon. October 23 @ Noon – 5 p.m.



To Sponsor

As a Joint Conference sponsor, your company is recognized in unique and creative ways, as outlined in the link above, and your generosity helps fund the conference.