MPA to Hold Annual Convention in Florida
The Eighty-fourth Annual Mississippi Poultry Association Convention is just around the corner, and the Mississippi Poultry Association (MPA) invites all to join them at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort and Spa on the Emerald Coast of Destin, Florida.
The yearly event kicks-off Thursday, September 16, and runs through Sunday, September 19. On the agenda are multiple industry speakers, business sessions, a golf tournament and a fishing tournament, as well as a special ladies program with guest speaker Jackson television personality and author Barbie Bassett.
MPA was formed in 1937 to promote the health of the state's poultry flock. Mississippi produces about 750 million birds per year. The poultry industry in Mississippi has grown to be the fifth largest in the nation and exports about twenty percent of its production to more than seventy countries around the globe. Poultry is Mississippi's largest agricultural industry and the MPA represents all aspects of the industry.
The association offers educational seminars for its members and seeks to educate the public and government officials about the value of the industry to Mississippi. Even as the Mississippi Poultry industry has grown to have a global impact, the concerns remain, bird health, producing a healthful product and ensuring a vibrant industry.
With $3 billion paid to growers and direct employment of 28,500 people, the industry has a total impact on Mississippi's economy of $20 billion, according to the National Chicken Council and the U.S. Poultry and Egg Association. That same report estimates the industry pays $1.5 billion in federal, state and local taxes.
In addition to the 1,700 family-run poultry farms around the state, Mississippi has fifty processing plants, hatcheries, feed mills and egg farms. These businesses interact with banks, real estate firms, insurance agencies, farm supply stores, grain farmers, plant and poultry house equipment manufacturers who are allied members of the association.
Registration fees are broken down into three categories: the Formula/Allied member's single or couple registration fee at $375; the non-member single or couple registration fee at $475; and the MPA grower member's single or couple fee at $50. MPA accepts Master Card, Visa, American Express and Discover credit cards. A $100 late registration fee will be charged on registrations received after August 31, 2021.
Visit MPA 2021 Conference Registration, www.mspoultry.org/registrations/index.cfm, to learn more, register or donate.
MPA is located at 110 Airport Road, Suite C, in Pearl. To contact MPA, call 601-932-7560.