General Information



The 27th National Egg Quality School (NEQS) will be held May 17 to 20, 2021, in Indianapolis, IN. 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, PennAg Industries Association, 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 2020 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, 2021

Complete the Application for Admission available on the website or print and mail to the National Egg Quality School.  No payment due until accepted:

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 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 9, 2021.  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, Minnesota Department of Agriculture, Penn State University, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, South Carolina Department of Agriculture, Texas A&M, Texas Tech University, United Egg Producers, 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 Hilton Indianapolis Hotel & Suites is located on 120 West Market Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 with a room rate of $127.00 single or double plus 17.00% 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. at the hotel is $15.00 per night for self-parking with in and out privileges.  Self-parking options are available at the Market Square Garage near 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, 2021, the tuition for Academia and Government is $600, all others $700. After April 1, 2021; 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, May 17, 2021.



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.