General Information

The 24th National Egg Quality School (NEQS) will be held May 22 to 25, 2017, at the Hotel RL by Red Lion in Salt Lake City, UT. 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.

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, California Department of Food and Agriculture, University of Connecticut, Delaware Department of Agriculture, Egg Nutrition Center, Indiana State Egg Board, Kentucky Poultry Federation, Maryland Department of Agriculture, Michigan State University, National Egg Regulatory Officials, North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services, North Carolina State University, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, Pennsylvania State University, South Carolina Department of Agriculture, Texas A&M, United Egg Producers, United States Department of Agriculture, University of Illinois, University of Kentucky, 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.

The National Egg Quality School gratefully acknowledges the following Donors for their generous support of the school in 2017:
American Egg Board
Arkansas Egg Council
CCF Brands - Great Day Foods
Cal-Maine Foods
Center Fresh Group
Coast Packaging Co.
Colorado Egg Producers
Cooper Farms, Inc.
Country Charm Eggs, LLC
Creighton Brothers LLC
Eggland's Best
Hartmann North America
Hickman's Family Farms
Hidden Villa Ranch/Nest Fresh Eggs
ISE America, Inc.
Kuhl Corporation
L & R Farms, Inc.
McGroup, Inc.
Midwest Poultry Services, L.P.
Morning Fresh Farms
Oakdell Egg Farms
Opal Foods LLC
ORKA Food Technology Ltd.
Prairie Star Farms LLC
Rose Acre Farms
Sanovo Technology USA
United Egg Producers
Univar USA
U.S. Poultry & Egg Association / IPPE
Veterinary & Poultry Supply, Inc.
Weaver Eggs

A special thank you to Oakdell Egg Farms, Fassio Egg Farm and Shepherds Poultry for donating the eggs used in the Laboratories

NEQS Sponsorship Form

ACCOMMODATIONS AND RATES (Payable individually to the Hotel):
The Hotel RL Salt Lake City is located on 161 West 600 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84101, (801) 521-7373 with a room rate of $108.00 single or double plus applicable tax per night. Group reservations will be made with individual payment to the hotel. You will receive confirmation of your reservation from the National Egg Quality School. All rooms are non-smoking.There is a complimentary hotel shuttle to and from the Salt Lake City airport. Parking at the hotel is complimentary. Room reservations must be made through Candy Byers, Indiana State Egg Board.

The tuition is $575 prior to April 1, 2017; $675 after April 1, 2017. 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 credit card information for tuition and meals must accompany your application.

Complete the Application for Admission on line and submit OR print the Application for Admission and mail with your check made payable to the National Egg Quality School or fill in your credit card information to:
National Egg Quality School Telephone: (765) 494-8510
Indiana State Egg Board Fax: (765) 494-6349
Attn: Candy Byers
Purdue University, Poultry Science Building
West Lafayette, IN 47907

Apply early to ensure acceptance. Enrollment is limited to 60 students for the regular 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 18, 2017. After that date, fees will be retained to cover committed costs.

When your application for admission is accepted, you will be notified via a confirmation letter with additional information to 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 22, 2017. Section assignments will be located 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.