2023 NAGA Educational Conference & Convention

The Astor Crowne Plaza
New Orleans, LA
February 6-8, 2023


Monday, February 6th

8:30 a.m. 2022 Final Board Meeting
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Registration
General Session
1:00 p.m. Welcome – President Peg Ballou
1:15 p.m. Ventilation in Brooder Barns to Improve Chick Development
Jeff May, Clear View Enterprises, LLC
2:00 p.m. H-2A Visa Program for Agricultural Businesses
Gabriel Oosthuysen, Golden Opportunities International, LLC
2:45 p.m. Break
3:15 p.m. Open Discussion on Depopulation, Disinfection and Disposal
3:45 p.m. Pheasant Cooking Demonstration
Certified Master Chef, Alfonso  Contrisciani, AAC, Oliver Farms
Executive Chef Otto Borsisch at Chef Otto
5:15 p.m. Welcome Reception
Complimentary Beer, wine and Hor d’oeuvres; Cash Bar Available

Tuesday, February 7th

General Session
8:15 a.m. Indemnity Values from the USDA
Troy Laudenslager, Mahantongo Game Farms
9:00 a.m. Controlling Predators and Pests
David Curtiss, USDA/APHIS Wildlife Services
9:45 a.m. Catching & Transporting Mature Gamebirds
Mike Forsgren, Forsgren’s Pheasant Farm; Tim Zindl, Oak Ridge Pheasant Ranch, Inc and Chris Theisen, MacFarlane Pheasants, Inc.
10:30 a.m. Break
11:00 a.m. How to Disagree Agreeably: Dale Carnegie Training
Merle Heckman, Dale Carnegie Training and Professional Development
Wednesday, February 8th
General Session
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Second NAGA Board Meeting
9:00 a.m. Pen Designs for All Weather Conditions
Avery LaCombe, Ringneck Ranch Inc; Michele Bovey, Flying B Ranch and Bernadette Gilliland, Hidden Valley Pheasantry
9:45 a.m. Chick Shipping Struggles
Greg Privett, Privett Hatchery and Marc Metzer, Metzer Farms
10:45 a.m. Break
11:15 a.m. Pricing Your Birds for Profit in a High Inflation Market
Mike Martz, Brian Beavers and Sarah Pope
12:00 p.m. Lunch
General Session
1:00 p.m. NAGA Update and General Membership Meeting
Rob Sexton, NAGA Executive Director and Peg Ballou, NAGA President
1:45 p.m. Understanding the Transmission of Avian Influenza
Dr. Fred Dustan Clark, University of Arkansas
2:30 p.m. Break
2:45 p.m. NPIP Requirements to Ship Gamebirds
NPIP Official
3:30 p.m. HatchTracker
Kristin Million, HatchTracker
5:00 p.m. Cocktails, Dinner and Auction