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Attend the OFPA annual Convention and Exposition held each spring.
OFPA members and registered guests learn about new trends in the food industry
during technical sessions, workshops, and the exposition.
A lunch and afternoon reception allows members, attendees and exhibitors to network.

Farm to Fork: Going Local

OFPA Convention and Exposition

April 8-9,2014
108th Annual OFPA Convention
Holiday Inn Convention Center
Springdale, Arkansas

Additional convention information:(2014 program and registrations coming soon)
Convention Program 2014 (printable PDF)
Preregistration Form (online and printable PDF)
Golf Tournament Form (online and printable PDF)

Now Available! Pay for membership dues or convention activities with credit cards using the PayPal system.  A PayPal account is NOT required.  Click here to pay with a credit card.  If paying by credit card, please also complete the online preregistration form or golf tournament form. 

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Overview of Convention Program 2014

TUESDAY, APRIL 8, 2014 SCHEDULE
OFPA GOLF TOURNAMENT
9:00 am  Shadow Valley Country Club, Rogers, AR

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 9, 2014 SCHEDULE

BUSINESS BREAKFAST
7:30 am Convention Center, Hammons Hall IV

EDUCATIONAL SESSIONS

8:30 am to 12:00 pm Convention Center, Hammons Hall IV

EXPOSITION
12:00 to 6:00 pm Convention Ceter, Hammons Hall I-III

ALL INDUSTRY LUNCHEON
12:00 to 1:30 pm Convention Center, Hammons Hall I-III

WORKSHOPS
1:00 to 4:00 pm Convention Center, Hammons Hall IV

ALL INDUSTRY RECEPTION
4:00 to 6:00 pm Convention Center, Hammons Hall I-III

Complete Convention Program 2014

REGISTRATION: APRIL 8-9, 2014
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 pm

Preregistration for the convention is $50/person.   Registration includes the Reception during the exposition.  Registration packets can be picked up at the registration desk. Walk-in registration is $75/person. Tickets for breakfast and lunch are an additional cost.  Preregistration deadline is March 25. After March 25, the registration fee is $75. Registration can be cancelled by written request to OFPA. No refunds after March 25, 2014. Substitutions are allowed. “No-shows” will not receive a refund.

NAME BADGES AND TICKETS ARE REQUIRED THROUGHOUT THE CONVENTION.


LODGING
The Holiday Inn, 1500 South 48th Street, Springdale, AR, 72762, has reserved a block of rooms for our convention under Ozark Food Processors Association ($99/night). To receive convention rates, the hotel reservations should be made before March 1, 2014. Phone: 479-751-8300.



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TUESDAY, APRIL 8, 2014 SCHEDULE

OFPA GOLF TOURNAMENT
9:00 am  Shadow Valley Country Club, Rogers, AR

The entry fee is $110/person ($440/team), and prizes are awarded in two flights determined by score.  Proceeds from the tournament support OFPA scholarships.  Hole sponsorships are available for $100/hole. 

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 9, 2014 SCHEDULE


BUSINESS BREAKFAST
7:30 am Hammons Hall IV
Enjoy a hearty buffet-style breakfast. The annual business meeting includes brief reports from OFPA on current issues in the food industry. Scholarship recipients and poster competition winners will be announced. 

EDUCATIONAL SESSIONS

8:30 am to 12:00 pm Convention Center, Hammons Hall IV
Moderated by Jason Hayward, Ball Corporation.
Attend educational sessions presented by invited speakers.

Welcome and Remarks
8:30 am
Mark Cochran, Vice President for Agriculture, University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture

Efficient Local: Giving Our Customers What They Want at the Price They Want to Pay
8:45 am
Lea Jepson, Senior Director for Temperate Vegetables & Floral, WalMart Stores, Inc.

Safe, Fresh Produce for the Consumer
9:30 am
Dave Sargent, Owner, Sargent Farms

Morning Break
10:15 am

Why Animal Welfare and Why Now?
10:30 am
Yvonne Thaxton, Director, Center for Food Animal Wellbeing, University of Arkansas

Impacts in the Agricultural Industry
11:15 am
Butch Calhoun, Secretary, Arkansas Agriculture Department

EXPOSITION
12:00 to 6:00 pm Hammons Hall I-III
Explore over 60 exhibits showcasing innovations in products, equipment and services for food processors. Visit exhibits adn participate in teh OFPA Passport to Prizes. At each OFPA member company booth receive a stamp on your "Passport". When the "Passport" is complete, turn it in to be eligible for hourly prize drawings that include gift cards gift cards, an iPod®, and a Kindle Fire. The grand prize will be an iPad® . Wineres must be present to wine the hourly prize drawings except the grand prize.

ALL INDUSTRY LUNCHEON
12:00 to 1:30 pm Hammons Hall I-III
Enjoy a lunch while attending the exposition. The lunch will feature OFPA member company products. Luncheon is sponsored by Allens, Inc., ConAgra Foods, Riceland Inc., Sargento Foods, Inc., and Tyson Foods.

WORKSHOPS
1:00-4:00 pm Holiday Inn and Convention Center
Attend your choice of workshops on current topics in the food industry. Attendance at the workshops is included in the registration.

Raw Products and Crop Protection
1:00-5:00 pm Holiday Inn, Salons B&C
Moderated by Boyce Wofford, Allens, Inc.
Discussion on Integrated Pest Management and sustainable agriculture.

CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDIT WORKSHOPS 
Convention Center, Hammons Hall IV
Moderated by Susan Shivas, Tyson Food, Inc.
Documentation for continuing education credits will be provided.

Creating Synergistic Wine and Food Pairings
1:30-2:45 pm
Hammons Hall IV
Presented by Robert Harrington, Professor, Department of Foods, Human Nutrition and Hospitality, University of Arkansas
If you have to be in the food, wine or restaurant business, an increased understanding of basic pairing objectives can provide increased confidence in wine and food pairing selection for you and your customers. Learn how a pairing selection can transform sensory components, the weight or flavors in the food items, wine choice or all three.

Break
2:45-3:00 pm

Sensitive Food and Ingredients
3:00-4:00 pm Hammons Hall IV
Presented by Richard Goodman, Research Professor, Food Allergy Research and Resource Program, University of Nebraska
Learn how to protect consumers with allergies and sensitivities in this workshop that will focus on allergen segregation from farm to fork, Celiac disease, effective labeling and GMP's as a safety issue.

ALL INDUSTRY RECEPTION
4:00 to 6:00 pm Hammons Hall I-III
Join us for the Reception during the final hours of the exposition.  Appetizers will be served and a limited open bar will be available during the event.  

STUDENT POSTER COMPETITION
4:30-5:30 pm Hammons Hall III
Posters will be presented by University of Arkansas students on topics related to the food industry. The posters may be viewed, and presenters will be present to respond to questions.

WIN GIFT CARDS!
Gift cards sponsored by OFPA member companies will be given away during the convention. To sponsor gift cards contact OFPA at (479) 575-4607.

2014Gift Card Sponsors:  Ball Corporation, F&H Food Equipment Company, H.B. Fuller, Heartland Supply Company, Jungbunzlauer, Inc., Pepper Source, Sargento Foods Inc., Seminis Vegetable Seeds (Division of Monsanto)

 


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