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Upcoming events

    • Sun, January 20, 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Fletcher Warren Civic Center 5501 Business Highway 69 S Greenville, TX
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    Intensive pastured poultry course in Greenville Texas

    Registration Deadline: In-person registration is closed. You can still purchase the digital training and recordings.  

    Read first: Please read and understand the registration options below. If you register for an in-person or premium ticket type for the intensive training on January 20, you will become a Producer Plus member when you pay for this registration. Existing members will be renewed for 1 year. 

    The American Pastured Poultry Producers Association is pleased to announce a one-day intensive training course for upstart pastured poultry producers in Greenville, Texas, on January 20, 2019. The course will feature modules on planning, marketing, housing/brooding, nutrition, and processing.

    This course is instructor-led by pastured poultry experts and will focus on giving participants a deep introduction and firm foundation to raising pastured poultry for profit.

    Who should attend?

    • People who are new to raising pastured poultry
    • Those who are transitioning from a family flock to a market flock
    • Farmers who have struggled with their pastured poultry management and marketing
    • New employees at established pastured poultry farms

    Tentative Agenda

    • Let's start with a plan and some goal setting by Mike Badger.
    • How to create a budget for layers and broilers by Jeff Mattocks and David Hale.
    • Brooder and pasture shelter design by David Hale and Dave Shields.
    • Flock nutrition and feeding for healthy, profitable chicks by Jeff Mattocks.
    • Developing a marketer’s mindset by Paul Greive.
    • An overview of regulations and options for processing and egg sales by Craig Haney.

    This short course precedes our annual conference, but it is an independent event designed for start-up pastured poultry producers. The annual conference is designed for experienced producers or those operating at a larger scale.

    If you would like to register for both events, please register for them individually.

    Registration Options

    • Premium Ticket: Includes in-persona attendance, lunch, conference handouts, Producer Plus Membership, networking, and access to the presentation recordings. $199. Register a guest for $90 when you purchase the first ticket.
    • In Person Attendee: Includes in-person attendance, lunch, conference handouts, Producer Plus membership, and networking. $150. Register a guest for $90 when yu purchase the first ticket.
    • Digital Course: Includes access to the the presentation recordings and digital materials. Digital course is not live; it will be released soon after the live training. $49 for members; $99 for non-members. 

    Lodging

    Attendees are responsible for booking and paying for your own lodging. APPPA is holding a block of rooms at the Holiday Inn Express for $89 per night plus taxes and fees. 


    To reserve a room at the Holiday Inn Express (2901 Mustang Crossing, Greenville Texas 75402), call 903-454-8680 and immediately tell the front desk that you need to make a reservation as part of a group. Then reference company/group name "APPPA. Room rate is good through January 1, 2019. 


    Sponsors

    The American Pastured Poultry Producers Association would like to thank the following companies for their generous support of pastured poultry through this event. Please take a moment to visit them and personally thank them for their support. 


    • Mon, January 21, 2019
    • 8:00 AM
    • Tue, January 22, 2019
    • 4:00 PM
    • Fletcher Warren Civic Center 5501 Business Highway 69 S Greenville, TX
    Registration is closed

    Registration is now closed.

    The American Pastured Poultry Producers Association is hosting its third annual Professional Pastured Poultry Producers Conference in Greenville, Texas, on January 21-22, 2019.

    This meeting is a dynamic system of farmers, ideas, and discussions. Topics will be facilitated based on attendee recommendations, suggestions, and interest. 

    Note: To register for the member rate, you must log in to your apppa.org account (all members have one and the username is the email address attached to your membership.) Contact grit@apppa.org for help. 

    Not sure if this conference is right for you? Start here.

    Topics and Schedule

    The topics outlined below are derived from registration input, previous years' feedback, and APPPA's awareness of the pastured poultry community's needs, challenges, and opportunities. 

    You are the conference, and you have immense opportunity to guide the content of the conversation through your questions, your discussion, and your involvement.

    Here are a few of the large group discussion topics:

    • Planned networking time throughout the day for personal and thoughtful conversations. 

    • Farming pastured poultry in extreme weather

    • Strategies for business development and for managing the logistics necessary to supply expanding market opportunities 

    • Dealing with feed supply issues and a worsening grain supply

    • Applying lean manufacturing principles to increase the efficiency of your farm

    • Managing scale, employees, and business

    • Round-table discussions for broilers, layers, turkeys, and waterfowl

    • Farm tour* of the brooder, pasture management, processing facility, and on-farm hatchery at Windy Meadows Family Farm 

    Break out discussions:

    • Inspected processor meetup** 
    • Ways to maximize on-farm exempt processing under P.L. 90-492
    • Profitable heritage poultry on pasture
    • Handling and processing eggs
    • and the opportunity for many more specialized topics as needed 

    The approach of each discussion will follow a consistent framework. A facilitator will guide the talks and be responsible for keeping the conversation on pace and on-topic. Each person will be required to get to their point in under 2 minutes before the facilitator steps in. The format allows for one attendee to ask questions directly of another attendee, as long as the question is relevant to the discussion. 

    *Farm Tour: The Hale family will host an optional tour of Windy Meadows Family Farm and processing facility on Monday afternoon. Windy Meadows is a multi-generational farm raising 70,000+ pasture-raised broilers; they also operate an on-farm hatchery and inspected processing facility.

    **Inspected Processors Meetup:  David Hale will host an in-depth processing mastermind for USDA/State inspected processors at the Windy Meadows facility. Space is limited and conference registration is required. 

    Meeting Format

    APPPA’s Professional Pastured Poultry Conference shakes up the typical conference workshop format by putting the instructors in the seats with everyone else. We basically use an unconference meeting format, which results in focused and relevant group-based collaboration.  Here's a list of what you can expect if you join this meeting.

    Professional Producers: This is an inclusive meeting; however, discussion will be an intermediate to advanced level in our moderated discussions and large groups. In other words, they expect experienced discussion.

    Profitable Mindset: Pastured poultry is a business, and this reality is the underpinning of the conference. An unprofitable pastured poultry farm cannot drive change in the marketplace.

    Large Group Discussions: Large group discussions will be facilitated and may require unique perspectives from scaled up producers and producers with experience. The moderator will limit conversation that doesn't fit the assembled audience and redirect those off-topic discussions to an appropriate time and place. 

    Breakout Group Discussions: Smaller group discussions will offer alternative topics that may be of interest to a smaller, yet highly interested groups of people in lieu of large group discussions. APPPA will suggest some alternative topics throughout the conference, and we will also provide a way for attendees to create their own discussion on the fly.

    Spontaneous: Each of the discussion blocks will feature an overarching topic that provides a framework for the discussion. The details of that discussion will happen real-time among the participants. Here's an example. In 2018, we held a block of time open for discussion "value-added products." One of the questions and ensuing discussions focused on the multiple ways to provide, prepare, and market spent hens, cull roosters, and other parts to pet owners.

    Flash Talks: In 2017, a consistent point of feedback was that attendees wanted an opportunity to hear more about the successes from their peers. in 2018, we'll introduce a limited number of 5 minute, single focus presentations called flash talks.

    Registration Information

    Registration includes conference attendance, lunch for both days, and dinner on Monday evening. Lodging is additional and is the responsibility of the attendee.

    Registration is tiered by membership status and date. Register early to save.  

    A note about food: Registration includes breakfast snacks and lunch on both conference days. Dinner is included on Monday evening at the civic center.

    Until December 20:

    • Members: $150 + $100 each additional person
    • Non-members: $190 each person


    Until January 11:

    • Members: $200 + $125 each additional person
    • Non-members: 240 each person


    Late registrations and walk-ins:

    • Members: $225 each
    • Non-Members: $250 each

    Lodging

    Attendees are responsible for booking and paying for your own lodging. APPPA is holding a block of rooms at the Holiday Inn Express for $89 per night plus taxes and fees. 

    To reserve a room at the Holiday Inn Express (2901 Mustang Crossing, Greenville Texas 75402), call 903-454-8680 and immediately tell the front desk that you need to make a reservation as part of a group. Then reference company/group name "APPPA. Room rate is good through January 1, 2019. 

    Sponsors

    The 2019 Professional Pastured Poultry Conference is proudly sponsored by these friends of the movement. 


Past events

Sun, October 28, 2018 Alabama Pastured Poultry Day
Wed, August 15, 2018 Pennsylvania Pastured Poultry Day
Sat, July 28, 2018 Gunthorp Farms 20th Anniversary Party
Fri, July 20, 2018 Family Farm Field Day
Thu, June 21, 2018 Poultry Workshop at Pat's Pastured
Sat, May 26, 2018 Texas Pastured Poultry Workshop
Sat, May 19, 2018 Pastured Poultry Field Day at HLW Acres
Tue, February 20, 2018 Ask APPPA Q&A Call
Mon, January 22, 2018 Professional Pastured Poultry Producers Conference
Sat, November 11, 2017 Florida Pastured Poultry Day
Tue, October 24, 2017 Best Practices for Pastured Poultry Health, Production, and Profit
Tue, September 19, 2017 Ask APPPA

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

888-662-7772

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