2020 Professional Pastured Poultry Conference

Update: Registration is open

APPPA's 2020 pastured poultry conference is coming to Jacksonville, Florida. 

Programming details are still emerging, so stay tuned to your APPPA communication channels for more information. Venue information is below.


  • January 19, 2020: Pre-conference Intensive trainings
  • January 20-21, 2020: Professional Pastured Poultry Conference
  • January 22, 2020: Optional farm tour

Where: Lexington Hotel & Conference Center Jacksonville Riverwalk. 1515 Prudential Dr, Jacksonville, FL 3220

Register Now!

Schedule and Topics

The Professional Pastured Poultry Conference differentiates itself from all other agricultural conferences by hosting unscripted group discussions as the featured programming. Farmer attendees drive the conversation around the issues that are important to them.

We operate on the simple idea that your problem has already been solved by someone else in the room.  The collective experience opens up opportunities to discover solutions.  

With each year, APPPA refines the approach; however, facilitating the networking, collaboration, and group knowledge transfer is our number one priority. We will continue to place our experienced farmers at the forefront of the conference while expanding our educational opportunities.

Pre-Conference: Sunday, January 19, 2020 (choose a course)

    The Sunday pre-conference will feature two courses:

    When you register, you can choose to attend Sunday as a standalone option or as a bundle with the main conference on Monday/Tuesday. 
        Main Conference:

         Monday and Tuesday, January 20-21, 2020)

        If your goal is to catch up on the latest technical expertise about raising and processing chickens, those conversations permeate the event. We’ll carve out time specifically to be geeks about what we do and  discuss broilers, layers, turkeys, waterfowl, and more with some of the most experienced pastured poultry farmers in the community.

        If your goal is to build relationships within the community, meet smart people, and develop your business, then you'll be in good company.

        Programming Overview:

          • Facilitated large group discussions
          • Breakout group discussions with peers—any topic possible
          • Hazard analysis  and FSIS regulatory consulting with Dr. Michael Fisher
          • Lean Management workshops with Nathan Bonds
        Post Conference: Wednesday, January 22, 2020 (optional)
          • Optional farm tour at Pastured Life Farm in O'Brien, Florida.  Free registration required as part of conference registration.
          • Attendees are responsible for their transportation to and from the tour. 
          • The Shields will lead a farm tour and facilitate discussion on a multi-species pastured poultry farm with on-farm exempt processing. 
          • Lunch will be available for purchase. 

        Lodging and Travel

        In 2020, APPPA is streamlining accommodations and will host the pre-conference and conference programming at the Lexington Hotel & Conference Center in Jacksonville, Florida.

        Lodging Deadline: Book your room by January 1, 2020 to receive the discounted room rate. 

        Guestrooms feature three USB charging ports, WIFI, and large wall mounted 43” HD LCD flat-screen TVs, as well as in-room safes and mini-refrigerators. Guests will feel pampered with our Australian luxury designed Pamona bath amenities and plush towels.

        To reserve your room, call the hotel directly at 904-396-5100 and tell them you are with the American Pastured Poultry Producers Association (APPPA) conference. 

        Room rate is $139 per night plus taxes. 


        The closest airport is Jacksonville International Airport (JAX).

        Distance from the airport to the conference center is 15 miles and can be traveled by cab, Uber, or rental car. There is no hotel shuttle. 

        Family Destination

        Disney World is 2-1/2 hours away making this one of the many attractions available to turn this professional conference into a warm family vacation. 

        Join your peers, already.

        Who Attends?

        The 2019 conference was well attended despite crippling snow and ice storms that affected over half the United States. Attendees reschedule and rerouted travel plans to ensure they arrived on-time for the conference. That's a real testament to the value they placed on this gathering. 

        Here is what 2019 looked like:

        • ยท36 states and three countries (United States, Canada, and Haiti) were represented
        • 1,123,000 broilers: median flock size: 5,000
        • 89,000 laying hens: median flock size: 600
        • 36,700 turkeys: median flock size: 250
        • 25,900 ducks: median flock size: 200

        More than pastured poultry.

        Conference polling indicates that the 190 attendees at the Professional Pastured Poultry Conference also accounted for more than 5,871 hogs; 2,724 cattle; 140 dairy cows; 300 lambs; 1,244 sheep and 340 goats.


        APPPA will provide a range of sponsor and underwriting opportunities to ensure your business receives the maximum exposure to a group of highly engaged participants. New in 2020, we'll expand our chance to exhibit across all levels. 

        Showcase your business

        Media Inquiries

        American Pastured Poultry Producers Association draws farmers and related suppliers from all over the United States and beyond. In 2019, the conference grew in attendance by 48% from 2018.

        Contact Mike Badger to obtain a press pass and additional information about the Professional Pastured Poultry Conference. 

        American Pastured Poultry Producers Association
        PO Box 85
        Hughesville, PA 17737 USA

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