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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

2020 Annual Convention

Start Date: 2/12/2020 6:00 PM EST
End Date: 2/15/2020 9:00 PM EST

Venue Name: Renaissance Nashville Hotel

611 Commerce Street
Nashville, TN  United States  37203

Organization Name: National Turkey Federation

Rebecca Mackey
Email: rmackey@turkeyfed.org
Phone: 202-730-9635

NTF's 2020 Annual Convention will take place Wednesday, February 12 – Saturday, February 15, in Nashville, Tennessee, at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel.

NTF’s Annual Convention is where members gain thoughtful insight from knowledgeable speakers, network with industry representatives, focus on technical, regulatory and legislative initiatives affecting the turkey industry and learn more about communications and marketing efforts (and still have time for socializing and golf!).

If you are registering on behalf of someone else, please DO NOT change the primary registrant's contact information. On the registration summary page, after you've registered your party, you will be asked if you would like to opt-out of attending.


By January 22 After January 22
Member $420 $680
Non-Member $1,600 $1,800
Guest $175 $175
Other $500 $675
Topgolf $99 $99

Please note: Any registrations completed after January 22 do not guaruntee your name to be in the attendee directory.

Lodging and Reservations

Recently renovated, the Renaissance Nashville Hotel is a luxury haven in legendary Music City; situated in the heart of downtown, conveniently attached to 5th + Broadway and moments from attractions like the Country Music Hall of Fame and Music Row.

Hotel Reservation Cut-Off Date:
January 22, 2020

Room rates:
To access the hotel booking site, use this address: https://book.passkey.com/event/49993846/owner/684/home

Registration Hours
Sponsored by Farbest Foods, Inc.
Wednesday, February 12
1–4 p.m. at Renaissance Nashville
5:30–6:30 p.m. at Peg Leg Porker
Thursday, February 13
7 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Friday, February 14
7–11:30 a.m.
Saturday, February 15
7–11:30 a.m.
All breaks sponsored by Diamond V, Frost, PLLC, Humane Aire, Vector USA Viscofan Group and Volk Enterprises, Inc. WiFi in meeting space sponsored by Virginia Poultry Growers Cooperative. All turkey products for convention meals provided by Butterball, LLC.

Schedule of Events

Wednesday, February 12

10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Executive Committee Meeting
Belle Meade

5:45 pm: Welcome Reception Shuttle Service Begins
Renaissance Nashville Lobby
Shuttles will run continuously throughout the evening. Last shuttle departs Peg Leg Porker at 9:15 p.m.

6- 9pm: Welcome Reception: CRYOVAC(R) Brand Turkey Smoke Showdown

Peg Leg Porker, 903 Gleaves Street, Nashville, TN
Sponsored by CRYOVAC® Brand Food Packaging. Turkey provided by Cargill.

Thursday, February 13

7 am: Breakfast
Room: Broadway 1
Sponsored by: Aviagen Turkeys 


8 a.m. – 12 p.m. General Session I
Room: Broadway 2-3
Sponsored by Morris & Associates, Inc., POSS Design, Ltd.


State of the U.S. Agriculture Policy: A Fireside Chat with Secretary Perdue
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue joins NTF Chairman Kerry Doughty and President Joel Brandenberger to discuss turkey industry priorities and take questions from NTF members on current agriculture policy.

Trending Now: The Protein Marketplace
Jonna Parker has been an innovator in the fresh foods space for nearly two decades and leads IRI’s Fresh Center of Excellence. Parker will provide a detailed overview of protein trends and an outlook for the turkey industry in today’s ever-evolving marketplace.

New Places, New Spaces: The Business of Barbecue
Emily Detwiler, CEO of the Kansas City Barbeque Society, and Ray Lampe (DR. BBQ) know a thing or two about the barbecue business. From the competition space to turkey spot on the menu, they will clear the smoke for an inside look at turkey’s potential in the barbecue space.        

General Membership Meeting
NTF Chairman Kerry Doughty and the NTF staff will give the annual State of the Association address, and members will elect the 2020 Board of Directors.


10-11 am: Spouse Coffee
Room: Belmont 1-2
Sponsored by Chore-Time, CP Packaging, CSA Animal Nutrition, Prudential Agricultural Finance

12 pm: Luncheon

Room: Broadway 1
Sponsored by Zoetis

12 pm: Past Chairmen's Lunch (invitation only)
Room: 5 Points 1
Sponsored by Jennie-O Turkey Store

Concurrent Committee Meetings
Sponsored by Adisseo, Anpario, Charisons Turkey Hatchery, Ltd., Foster Farms, Hawkins, Inc., Lubing Systems, LP, Merck Animal Health, Packaging Corporation of America, Prestage Farms–Prestage Foods, SafeFoods, Urner Barry

1-5 pm: Technical & Regulatory Committee Meeting
Room: Grand Ballroom 2

1-5 pm: Communications and Marketing Committee Meeting
Room: Germantown 2

3- 5 pm: Membership Committee Meeting
Room: Germantown 4

3-6 pm: Turkey Health and Welfare/ Live Production Committee Meetings
Grand Ballroom 3

7-9 pm: Reception
Event Hub
Sponsored by Hybrid Turkeys


Friday, February 14

7 am: Breakfast
Room: Broadway 1
Sponsored by: Elanco Animal Health

8-11:30 am: Salmonella Task Force Meeting (open to all attendees)
Room: Broadway 2-3

Recent developments in NTF’s ongoing efforts to control the prevalence of Salmonella in turkey production will be discussed as well as current research in this field. Continuing NTF’s Technical Summit that followed the 2019 Leadership Conference, vendors will present technologies aimed at controlling pathogens. Closed to press.

11:45 am: Shuttles Depart Hotel for Topgolf Nashville
Renaissance Nashville Lobby

12 pm: Annual Turkey Tee-Off at Topgolf (Lunch Provided to all particpants)
500 Cowan St, Nashville, TN 37207

*There is no on-site registration for the tournament.

Turkey Tee-Off sponsored by Amcor, Darling Ingredients, Georgia Poultry Equipment Company, Marel and Multivac, Inc.

3:30 pm: Shuttles Depart Topgolf for Hotel

Saturday, February 15

8 am: Breakfast
Room: Broadway 1
Sponsored by: Alltech, Inc.

9 am- 12 pm: General Session II
Room: Broadway 2-3
Sponsored by Arm & Hammer: Animal and Food Production and Gleeson Constructors & Engineers, LLC.


Political Outlook: 2020
Paul Steinhauser, a Fox News political reporter, will bring the scoop straight from the 2020 campaign trail just days after wrapping up a significant primary election in New Hampshire.

Labor Availability: Keeping the Conversation Going
Casey Higgins, Senior Policy Advisor at Akin Gump, will offer her expertise and perspective on the complex issue of labor availability and how to keep it at the forefront of discussion.

Turkey Talks Trade: Growing Exports in 2020
The USA Poultry & Egg Export Council’s Leah Mulcahy will update NTF members on a recent turkey industry outreach program to protein buyers in the Latin America and Caribbean markets.

A panel of trade experts will explore export opportunities for U.S. turkey products, including markets to watch, barriers to trade and what access to China looks like moving forward.
Mark Lobstein, USDA AMS
Thierry Murad, AJC International
Evan Jeffcoat, Interra

11:45 am – 12 pm New Board of Directors Orientation

12-4 pm: Board of Directors Meeting
Room: SoBro
Working lunch will be provided
Lunch Sponsored by SafeFoods and Turkey Valley Farms

6-7 pm: Reception
Broadway Ballroom Foyer
Hors d’oeuvres sponsored by West Liberty Foods.

7–10 pm NTF Banquet & Awards Presentation
Room: Broadway Ballroom
Turkey provided by Butterball, LLC. Steak provided by Cargill. Bars sponsored by JBT Prime, Provimi and Sooner Trading. Centerpieces sponsored by Michigan Turkey Producers.

Online Registration

Registration is Closed
Closed: 1/31/2020 5:00 PM

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