General Information



The 27th National Egg Quality School (NEQS) will be held October 26 to 29, 2020, in Harrisburg, 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 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.



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



Enrollment deadline: April 1, 2020

The 2020 Registration will be December 2, 2019 at 8:00 A.M. E.S.T. Applications received early will not be accepted.

Complete the Application for Admission available on the website, submit and pay on-line 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

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

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 9, 2020. After that date, fees will be retained to cover committed costs.

QUESTIONS: Contact Diana Sparks, Treasurer, 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, Arkansas Department of Agriculture, Auburn University, CCF Brands, California Department of Food and Agriculture, Egg Nutrition Center, Indiana State Egg Board, Maryland Department of Agriculture, North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services, North Carolina State University , Penn State University, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, 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, University of Illinois, US Poultry & Egg Association, 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.



(Payable individually to the Hotel):  The Crowne Plaza Harrisburg-Hershey is located on 23 South 2nd Street, Harrisburg, PA 17101, # (717)234-5021 with a room rate of $117.00 single or double plus applicable tax per night.  Transportation from Harrisburg Airport to the hotel is limited using a Hotel Van and based on availability.  To arrange, please call the hotel at least 24 hours in advance of flight and provide arrival time and flight number.  The cost is $10 each way.  Other transportation options are Uber, Lift or Taxi.  There are telephones in the airport to call a Taxi service.  For those traveling by car, the GPS address for the Crowne Plaza is 200 Chestnut Street, Harrisburg, PA 17101.  Valet parking available on-site is $10.00 per night for self-parking with in/out privileges.  Self-parking options are available at the Market Square Garage across the street from hotel with hourly and daily rates.  Please DO NOT make hotel reservations.  Room reservations must be made through Penny Arana, California Department of Food & Agriculture/ESQM. 



Prior to April 1, 2020, the tuition for Academia and Government is $600, all others $700. After April 1, 2020; 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.



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, October 26, 2020.



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.