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Iowa Swine Day Set For June 29 In Ames

By Stacie Matchan and Sherry Hoyer

 The 2023 Iowa Swine Day program will provide widely regarded speakers who will share information on topics vital to today's pork producer. From the morning plenary session to the four category-specific concurrent sessions in the afternoon, a wealth of knowledge and experience will be available.

The 12th annual event will be held Thursday, June 29, at the Scheman Building on the Iowa State University campus in Ames. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and the program starts at 8:30 a.m. Registration is $65 and students can attend at no charge if they register by midnight, June 22. Walk-in registration is not accepted.

The four plenary session speakers will set the learning stage from the start.

Eric Potterat, of the Los Angeles Dodgers, will explain key performance optimization factors of high performing individuals and teams. Joe Kerns, from Partners for Production Agriculture, will help attendees understand the carbon market and how to apply it to their businesses.

Banks Baker, with PIC, will describe genetic improvements in a sustainable food system. Jack Bobo, of The Nature Conservancy, will explore whether animal agriculture can save the planet.

The afternoon is organized into four concurrent sessions: sustainable pork production, production strategies for foreign animal disease and health, the future of pig farming and Iowa State research. Each session has four presentations, and attendees are welcome to listen to all speakers in one concurrent session or choose to move between sessions.

New this year is a preconference Iowa State Swine Networking Social sponsored by TechMix, AB Vista and Lynch Livestock. This new social will be held at the Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center, 2508 Mortensen Road in Ames, from 5:30-7 p.m. All attendees registered for Iowa Swine Day are welcome to join. This replaces the post-program barbeque held in previous years.

The full program, information, registration forms and information and directions to the venue are available on the Iowa Swine Day conference website.

Iowa Swine Day is hosted by the Iowa Pork Industry Center with support provided by the Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

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