General Information


The 25th National Egg Quality School (NEQS) will be held May 21 to 24, 2018, at the Embassy Suites Downtown 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 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.


American Egg Board, Arkansas Egg Council, CCF Brands – Great Day Foods, Cal-Maine Foods, Center Fresh Group, Coast Packaging, Colorado Egg Producers, Copper Farms, Country Charm Eggs, Creighton Brothers, MOBA, Eggland’s Best, Fassio Egg Farm, Hartmann North America, Hickman’s Family Farms, Hidden Villa Ranch/Nest Fresh Eggs, ISE America, Inc., Kuhl Corporation, L & R Farms, Inc., McGroup, Inc., Mid-West Poultry Services, L.P., Morning Fresh Farms, Oakdell Egg Farms, Opal Foods LLC, Prairie Star Farms, Rose Acre Farms Inc., Sanovo Technology USA, Shepherds Poultry, Tosca, United Egg Producers, Univar USA, U.S. Poultry & Egg Association/IPPE, Veterinary & Poultry Supply, Inc. and Weaver Eggs have generously provided donations during 2017 to further the educational opportunities offered by the school.

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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

If you would like to pay for a Sponsorship electronically, use the PayPal button below. Clicking Pay Now will take you to PayPal where you will enter the dollar amount of your sponsorship. We will receive your name, billing address, phone number and email address from PayPal. Gold, Silver, Bronze and Friend of NEQS Sponsors will have company listing in proceedings.

ACCOMMODATIONS AND 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 $119.00 single or $139.00 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 Short, California Department of Food & Agriculture.


The tuition is $575 prior to April 1, 2018; $675 after April 1, 2018. 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 by credit card via Pay-pal OR print the Application for Admission and mail with your check made payable to the National Egg Quality School:
National Egg Quality School Telephone: (916) 900-5091
c/o California Dept. of Food & Ag/ESQM Fax: (916) 900-5359
Attn: Penny Short Web:
2800 Gateway Oaks e-mail:
Sacramento, CA 95833

Apply early to ensure acceptance. Enrollment is limited to 70 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, 2018. After that date, fees will be retained to cover committed costs.


Contact Diana Sparks, Treasurer, or (479) 464-0544.


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 21, 2018. 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.