2020 IMPPA Convention

Come join us for the 2020 IMPPA annual convention! It’s going to be great!

Date: March 20-21, 2020


Four Points by Sheraton

  • Room Block: IMPPA 2020
  • 1600 Cumberland Ave.
  • King beds $129.00 plus tax
  • West Lafayette, IN 47906
  • Double beds $129.00 plus tax
  • 765-463-5511

Purdue University

  • Land O’Lakes Center
  • for Experiential Learning
  • 720 Clinic Dr.
  • West Lafayette, IN 47907

Friday, 3/20/20

Pre-Convention Workshop “Manpower without the Man”

  • Workshop held at Purdue University
  • Transportation will be provided both ways

“Manpower without the Man”

  • Ways to continue our business with a lack of workforce
  • Ways to replace workers with machines, streamlining processes & outsourcing
  • Machinery upgrades & new options
  • Group discussions

Donation Requests

  • Methods of handling donation requests
  • Percentage discounts, written requests, budget amounts, in person only requests

Lunch prepared by Purdue Meat Science

Pork Characteristics, comparing live hogs to hanging carcasses

  • Heritage breeds vs. cross bread hogs
  • Is there a market in your area for heritage breeds?
  • Dry aging hogs pros & cons

Convention Registration

Evening Dinner

  • Plant tour of Manley Meats
  • Silent Auction, 50-50 Half Pot
  • Bull Session

Saturday, 3/21/20

Cured Meat Registration at Purdue University

  • Transportation will be provided both ways

Educational Sessions

Profit vs. Waste

  • What can we do with things we throw away?
  • Pet treats, pet food, marrow bones, cooked bone broth

Streamlining processes

  • Networking within IMPPA

Keeping “A-Team” Employees

  • Why do they stay?
  • What do they want?
  • What do they appreciate?

Programs to gain employees

  • Work release programs with your local jail
  • Culinary students


Exhibit Hall

  • Smokehouses, dicers, slicers, seasonings, casings, chemicals, regulatory compliance, cleaning, packaging supplies, and more

Evening Banquet

  • Cured Meat Awards
  • Silent Auction, 50-50 Half Pot, Entertainment

Kid Friendly Events Throughout The Weekend

  • Hot Dog Making Contest
  • Silly Safari Adventures
  • Pizza & Swimming

If you as a packer are interested in helping with our convention, please contact Darla Kiesel. We would appreciate some help with our educational sessions & kids events.