The program and speakers for the Poultry Federation’s 7th annual Food Safety Conference have been finalized with Temple Grandin Ph.D., world renowned autism activist, best-selling author, animal welfare and behavior expert as the keynote speaker. The conference is scheduled for March 5-6 at the Hilton Branson Convention Center in Branson, Missouri.

Grandin is one of the most accomplished and well-known adults with autism in the world. Her life, was brought to the screen with the HBO full-length film Temple Grandin, starring Claire Danes. Dr. Grandin has been inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences September 2016, featured on NPR, and she has a 2010 TED Lecture titled “The World Needs ALL Kinds of Minds.”

She has been featured on the BBC special “The Woman Who Thinks Like a Cow”, ABC’s “Primetime Live”, “The Today Show” and more. Grandin developed her talents into a successful career as a livestock-handling equipment designer, one of very few in the world. Grandin is considered a philosophical leader of both the animal welfare and autism advocacy movements.

Nearly 300 food safety professionals, industry representatives and members of the academic community from across the country are slated to attend the annual conference.

Speaker presentations will cover topics focused on:

  • Reducing the risk of harmful bacteria, viruses and other substances from entering the food supply
  • How food safety has evolved beyond end-product testing to fully supply chain management
  • Quality, sustainability, transparency, health and wellness

Premier sponsor presentations will be provided by the following:

  • Sample-Detect-Confirm, presented by Bio-Rad
  • Utilizing NGS as an Epidemiological Tool to Optimally Select Isolates and Create Custom Salmonella and E. coli biologici, presented by Ceva
  • How Can Mineral Nutrition Contribute to Preserve Food Safety, presented by Zinpro
  • Live ST Vaccination Results Against Various Stereotypes Under Both Controlled and Field Conditions, presented by Zoetis

Advanced registration for the conference is $175 and on-site registration is $200.  Professors, emeritus and students attend for free.

More information and on-line registration is available at