General Information



The 29th National Egg Quality School (NEQS) will be held May 22 to 25, 2023, Minneapolis, MN. 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 six 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.



U.S. Poultry & Egg Association, Arkansas Livestock & Poultry Commission, Arm & Hammer Animal and Food Production, Aviagen Inc., CCF Brands – Great Day Foods, Diamond V, Eggland’s Best, MOBA, MPS Egg Farms, Prairie Star Farms, Hendrix Genetics, Hidden Villa Ranch/Nest Fresh Eggs, Kuhl Corporation, Coast Packaging, Country Charm Eggs LLC, EAGLE Certification Group, Lathem Family Farms, Morning Fresh Farms, North American Stainless Systems, Versova, Weaver Eggs, Zoetis, Inc., Creighton Brothers LLC and Dolco Packaging have generously provided donations during 2022 to further the educational opportunities offered by the school.

View/download 2023 Sponsorship Letter
View/download 2023 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



Enrollment deadline: April 1, 2023

Complete the Application for Admission available on the website or print and mail to the National Egg Quality School.

National Egg Quality School 
Attn: Penny Arana – National Egg Quality School
1220 N Street, Suite 342
Sacramento, CA 95814
E-mail: [email protected]
Telephone: (916) 900-5062
Direct: (916) 203-1497

The 2023 Registration will be on December 15, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. EST. Applications received early will NOT be accepted.

Apply early to ensure acceptance. Enrollment is limited to 84 students for the school. 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 1, 2023. After that date, fees will be retained to cover committed costs.

QUESTIONS: Contact Diana Sparks, Treasurer, [email protected] or (479) 464-0544. 



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, Auburn University, Arizona Department of Agriculture, CCF Brands, California Department of Food and Agriculture, Egg Nutrition Center, Food and Drug Administration, University of Georgia, Hickman’s Family Farms,  University of Illinois, Maryland Department of Agriculture, Minnesota Department of Agriculture, University of Minnesota, Missouri Department of Agriculture, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, Pennsylvania State University, South Carolina Department of Agriculture, North Carolina State University, Texas Tech University, United Egg Producers, United States Department of Agriculture, U.S. Poultry and Egg Association, Virginia Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services, Virginia Tech and Western University.  The instruction staff includes leading university scientists, experienced state and federal regulatory officials, and seasoned industry organization representatives.



(Payable individually to the Hotel): The Marriott Minneapolis Airport Hotel, 2020 American Blvd. East, Bloomington, MN 55425, # (952)854-7441 with a room rate of $148.00 single and $148.00 double plus applicable tax per night. Early arrival and early departure fees apply. Complimentary shuttle service to/from the Minneapolis International Airport MPS (5-minute drive). Complimentary on-site parking. Complimentary shuttle service to/from Mall of America (located across the street).

Please DO NOT make hotel reservations. Room reservations must be made through Penny Arana, California Department of Food & Agriculture/ESQM.



The tuition prior to April 1, 2023, is $600 for Academia and Government and $700 for all others; after April 1, 2023, is $700 for Academia and Government and $800 for all others. 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 check or PayPal payment for tuition and meals must accompany your application.



When your application for admission is accepted, you will be notified via a confirmation letter. 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 provided after registration at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, May 22, 2023. Section assignments will be in these materials.



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.