The International Poultry Council meets in New Orleans, Louisiana on April 13-18, marking the organization’s first meeting in the U.S. in 14 years.

Highlighting the agenda in the “Big Easy” will be the top issues facing the poultry industries around the world, including the economic outlook with Christine McCracken, senior protein analyst at Rabobank, headlining a slate of speakers.

The first semester 2019 meeting will also mark a milestone as Jim Sumner steps down as president after leading IPC in that role since its inception in 2005. Sumner, however, will continue to be involved in IPC and with his role as president of the USA Poultry & Egg Export Council. Poultry industry representatives from many of the 27 member countries throughout the world will be in attendance as a new president of IPC is installed.

“We are truly excited about hosting this meeting in the United States and plan to make it an experience our members will long remember,” said Sumner. “To have played a part in organizing the IPC has truly been a highlight of my career. While I plan to remain actively involved, it’s time to pass the leadership of this organization to one of our many other capable global leaders.”

Bringing the host country perspective to attendees will be the chairman of the National Chicken Council, Mark Kaminsky of Koch Foods, who will present an overview of the US poultry industry. Other speakers will include:

  • Paul Aho of Poultry Perspective, who will discuss the self-sufficiency concept and the benefits of trade
  • Hannah Thompson of the Animal Agriculture Alliance, who will talk about communication gaps in the agribusiness
  • Cameron Bruett of JBS USA, who will discuss meeting consumer demands in a sustainable way
  • Dennis Erpelding, IPC scientific adviser, who will examine the science behind the International Commission reports
  • Shabbir Simjee of Elanco, who will discuss the role of food safety in AMR prevention

The meeting will be at the Ritz-Carlton in New Orleans and will include a pre-meeting tour of the World War II Museum and post-meeting tours of the city’s port and the New Orleans swamp. Registration is open via the IPC website at The registration fee for members is set at US$700.

For meeting information, contact IPC Secretary General Marilia Rangel Campos at

The IPC was formed in 2005 by leading poultry-producing countries to determine areas of common interest and develop policies for the overall betterment of the global industry. The organization currently has 27 country members and 57 associate members representing more than 80 percent of the world’s poultry production and 90 percent of the poultry trade.