OFPA convention set for April 5-6

March 3, 2011
Contact Information:

Ozark Food Processors Association, 479-575-4607 / ofpa@uark.edu and

Dave Edmark, Division of Agriculture communications
479-575-5647 / dedmark@uark.edu

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SPRINGDALE, Ark. – “”Positioned to Influence: Leading the Food Industry in the Right Direction” is the theme of the 105th Ozark Food Processors Association Convention and Exposition to be held April 5 and 6. Pre-registration is $35, which includes workshops, educational sessions and the exposition.

The activities begin with a golf tournament at 9 a.m. April 5 at Shadow Valley Country Club in Rogers. Events then move to the Holiday Inn Northwest Arkansas Convention Center in Springdale where there will be several workshops during the afternoon. The workshop schedule is:

• “Raw Products and Crop Protection” by William Russell of Allens, Inc., at 1 p.m.

• “Food Science and Culinology” by John Marcy of the University of Arkansas at 1:30 p.m.

• “Experiencing the Flavor” by Dean Cook, Erin Carrington and Valeria Mull of Elite Spice at 1:30 p.m.

• “Marking and Coding for Food Processors” by Mark Zwolle and Robert Joseph of Pak-Tech, Inc., at 1:30 p.m.

• “World Class Training at Your Fingertips” by Laura Nelson of Alchemy Systems at 2:45 p.m.

• “Extend Ground Red Meat” by Jed Dreisker of Dancing Bear Ingredients at 2:45 p.m.

A reception and industry dinner is set for 6 p.m. followed by a casino night. The recipients of OFPA scholarships and the winners of the student poster competition, sponsored jointly by OFPA and the U of A Food Science Department, will be recognized at the dinner.

After the industry breakfast, a series of addresses will highlight the morning session on April 6 following the welcoming remarks at 8:30 a.m. by Mark Cochran, U of A System vice president for agriculture. The morning’s speakers will be:

• Rena Pierami, Silliker, Inc., division vice president of technical services, on “Global Food Safety Initiative: The Next Phase” at 8:45 a.m.

• Harrison Pittman, director of the National Agricultural Law Center at the U of A, on “Food Safety Modernization Act Update” at 9:30 a.m.

• Dustan Clark, U of A Extension poultry health veterinarian, on “Agriterrorism” at 10:30 a.m.

• Shannon Cole, Grocery Manufacturers Association director of science operations, on “Consumer Product Fraud: Deterrence and Detection” at 11:15 a.m.

Lunch will be available from noon to 2 p.m. at the annual food processing exposition that continues to 6:30 p.m. featuring some 80 exhibits showcasing products, services and equipment for the food processing industry.