Various educational opportunities being offered at 2012 Iowa Pork Congress (Jan 11, 2012)

(CLIVE, Iowa) — The Iowa Pork Producers Association is offering a variety of educational opportunities at the 2012 Iowa Pork Congress.

 Several seminars and training/certification sessions have been scheduled during the two-day show Jan. 25 and 26 at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines.


All of the sessions are offered at no additional cost to registered participants.


Several outstanding pork industry experts will facilitate sessions on Iowa governmental regulations, swine diets, Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome, animal well-being, 2012 markets and niche pork markets. National Pork Board and National Pork Producers Council representatives will give attendees an update on what’s happening at the national level.

Animal welfare expert and university communications and public relations professor Dr. Wes Jamison will present the keynote address on Jan. 25. He will discuss animal welfare trends and public relations strategies for the pork industry.

Pork Congress attendees also can attend PQA Plus® and TQA® certification sessions, as well as confinement site manure applicator training.

The following is a complete schedule of seminars being offered:


Wednesday, January 25


● Iowa Regulations & Nuisance Case Update

Eldon McAfee – Beving, Swanson & Forrest

9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

● Diet Decisions for the $ and the Hog

Part I – Less obvious implications of using alternative ingredients in practical diets

Dr. John Patience - Iowa State University

Part II – Feeding for pork quality: Impact of DDGs

Dr. Kenneth Prusa- Iowa State University

10:30 a.m. – Noon

● Dreaming of a World without PRRS

                Part I – Evaluating regional projects and opportunities for PRRS elimination

                Dr. Bob Morrison - University of Minnesota

                Part II – Proven practical strategies for PRRS-free herd

                Dr. Jim Lowe - Carthage Veterinary Service, LTD.

12:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

● “The Power of Activist Communications: Making Meaty Messages” – Keynote Presentation

                Dr. Wes Jamison – Palm Beach Atlantic University

                2 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

                Underwritten by the National Pork Producers Council

●Riding the Roller Coaster: Economic Outlook

                Dr. Steve Meyer – Paragon Economics, Inc.

                3 p.m. – 4 p.m.

                Underwritten by National Hog Farmer


Training Sessions

● Pork Quality Assurance Plus Certification

                Dave Stender - Iowa State University Extension Swine Specialist

                10 a.m. – Noon

● Transport Quality Assurance Certification

                Mark Storlie - Iowa State University Extension Swine Specialist

                1 p.m. – 3 p.m.


Thursday, January 26


● Animal Well-Being Decisions for Modern Pork Production

                Part I – Safe and Effective Animal Movement

                Dr. Matt Ritter - Elanco Animal Health

                Part II - Euthanasia, Concern Reporting & ISU Research

                Dr. Suzanne Millman- Iowa State University

                9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

● Your Investment at Work: National Organization Update

                Part I- Policy, regulations & trade

                Neil Dierks - CEO, National Pork Producers Council

                Part II- Pork Checkoff programs

                Bill Winkelman – V.P. of Producer & Industry Relations, National Pork Board

10:30 a.m. – Noon

● Building Your Value-Added Market: Production Panel

                Jim Compart – Compart Duroc

                Mark Lane – Niman Ranch

                Dave Stender – Iowa State University Extension Swine Specialist

12:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

●Understanding Contracts and Liens

                Eldon McAfee - Beving, Swanson & Forrest

2 p.m. – 3 p.m.


Training Sessions

● Confinement Site Manure Applicator Certification

                Jeff Prier – Iowa Department of Natural Resources

                Angela Rieck-Hinz – Iowa State University

                10 a.m. – Noon


All seminars and training sessions are hosted on the lower level of Hy-Vee Hall at the Iowa Events Center. All of the seminars are funded by the Pork Checkoff!


The Iowa Pork Congress is open to all pork producers, allied business partners and others involved in the pork industry. Show hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 25 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 26.


Admission at the door is $10.


Source: Iowa Pork

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