General Information

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COURSE:

The 27th National Egg Quality School (NEQS) will be held May 18 to 21, 2020, in Harrisburge, PA. The NEQS continues the tradition of a curriculum that is designed for the serious-minded student who is willing to learn as much as possible about egg quality in a concentrated, comprehensive four days. A combination of lectures, individualized instruction and hands on laboratory experience has proven to be a successful technique in preparing students to be a more knowledgeable egg emissary. The class will be divided into sections of five students, each with an instructor who will work with their section throughout the course – reviewing and explaining lecture material, answering questions, instructing them in the laboratory and preparing students for the exam.

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SPONSORSHIP

American Egg Board, Arkansas Livestock & Poultry Commission, CCF Brands – Great Day Foods, Cal-Maine Foods, Center Fresh Group, Coast Packaging, Colorado Egg Producers, Country Charm Eggs LLC, Creighton Brothers, Diamond V, Dolco Packaging, EAGLE Certification Group, Eggland’s Best, Evonik Corporation, Fassio Egg Farms, Inc., Hartmann North America, Hendrix Genetics, Hidden Villa Ranch/Nest Fresh Eggs, Highland Packaging Solutions, Inc., iGPS Logistics, LLC, Kuhl Corporation, Lathem Family Farms, Marketing Concepts Group, Mid-States Specialty Eggs LLC, Mid-West Poultry Services, L.P., MOBA, Morning Fresh Farms, North American Stainless Systems, Opal Foods LLC, Prairie Star Farms, Quality Technology International (QTI), Rose Acre Farms, United Egg Producers, Weaver Eggs and U.S. Poultry & Egg Association have generously provided donations during 2019 to further the educational opportunities offered by the school.

View/download Sponsorship Letter
View/download Sponsorship Form

Sponsorship Levels:
Diamond Sponsor – $5,000.00: includes a full page of the company’s ad/logo in students’ proceedings
Platinum Sponsor – $3-4,999.00: includes a half page with sponsor’s company logo/ad in students’ proceedings
Gold Sponsor – $1- 2,999.00
Silver Sponsor – $500-999.00
Bronze Sponsor – $250-499.00
Friend of NEQS Sponsor – Up to $249

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HOW TO REGISTER

Enrollment deadline: April 15, 2019

Complete the Application for Admission by paying online via PayPal or print and mail with your check made payable to the National Egg Quality School.
National Egg Quality School 
c/o California Dept. of Food & Agriculture/ESQM 
Attn: Penny Arana 
1220 N. Street 
Sacramento, CA 95814
E-mail: penny.arana@cdfa.ca.gov

Telephone: (916) 900-5091
Fax: (916) 900-5359

The 2019 Registration will be January 1, 2019 at 12:01 a.m. EST. Applications received early will not be accepted.

Apply early to ensure acceptance. Enrollment is limited to 84 students. Applications will be accepted in order of receipt and all applications will be acknowledged. Fees will be refunded if a notice of withdrawal is received by April 18, 2019. After that date, fees will be retained to cover committed costs.

QUESTIONS: Contact Diana Sparks, Treasurer, dsparks@ccfbrands.com or (479) 464-0544. 

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LEADERSHIP

The school is administered through a Board of Directors elected by egg industry stakeholders with support and leadership provided by the following organizations: American Egg Board, Arkansas Livestock & Poultry Commission, CCF Brands, California Department of Food and Agriculture, Egg Nutrition Center, Indiana State Egg Board, Iowa State University, Maryland Department of Agriculture, North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services, North Carolina State University , Penn State University, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, Purdue University, Rose Acres Farms, South Carolina Department of Agriculture, Texas A&M, United Egg Producers, Utah Department of Agriculture & Food, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Marketing Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, University of Connecticut, Kentucky Poultry Federation and Virginia Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services. The instruction staff includes leading university scientists, experienced state and federal regulatory officials, and seasoned industry organization representatives. Dr. Michael Darre, University of Connecticut, is the Director of the School.

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ACCOMMODATIONS & RATES

(Payable individually to the Hotel). The Embassy Suites Downtown is located on 110 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46204, Phone (317) 236-1800 with a room rate of $125.00 single or $145.00 double plus applicable tax per night. Transportation from Indianapolis International Airport to the hotel can be arranged by calling Carey Indiana Limousine Service at 800-888-4639 or GoExpress at 800-589-6004. Bus from the Airport to the Hotel in Indianapolis with a fare of $1.75 one way.  Information on IndyGo Airport Service.  Parking available on-site is $22.00 per night for self-parking with in/out privileges. Room reservations MUST be made through Penny Arana, California Department of Food & Agriculture.

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TUITION & MEALS

Prior to April 1, 2019, the tuition for Academia and Government is $600, all others $700. After April 1, 2019; Academia and Government is $700, all others $800. This fee includes all books, supplies and group meal functions. Group meal functions are lunch on Monday; lunch and dinner on Tuesday; lunch on Wednesday, and coffee breaks. Your PayPal payment or check for tuition and meals must accompany your application.

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UPON ACCEPTANCE

When your application for admission is accepted, you will be notified via a confirmation letter. Please DO NOT MAKE hotel reservationsGroup reservations will be made for all hotel rooms. The school will arrange your hotel reservation for the required nights, based on your arrival and departure dates selected on the registration form. Room payment is to be made directly to the hotel, by the student. You will receive another email providing additional student, school, and hotel information prior to attending the school. This information will help you plan your trip and make your stay at the National Egg Quality School both a productive and pleasant learning experience. Dress for the school is casual. Course materials will be distributed during registration at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, May 20, 2019.

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CERTIFICATES AWARDED

Certificates of Proficiency will be awarded to those students who attend all sessions and satisfactorily pass the examination on Thursday. Students that attend all sessions but do not take the exam on Thursday will be awarded a Certificate of Attendance.