Iowa Pork Congress to Offer Ten New Seminars

The Iowa Pork Producers Association will offer 10 new seminars of interest to pig farmers and other attendees at the 2017 Iowa Pork Congress in Des Moines.

The 45th annual convention and tradeshow will be held Jan. 25 and 26 at the Iowa Events Center and all of the educational opportunities are offered at no additional cost to attendees.
Seminar topics include explaining how producers can manage margins in a market downturn, the latest swine health trends and the new Veterinary Feed Directive that takes effect on Jan. 1. Seminars will be led by some of the swine industry’s leading experts
In addition to the seminars, producers can obtain or renew certification in the pork industry’s PQA Plus and TQA program as well as manure application.
The following is a complete schedule of seminars, training sessions and speakers:
Wednesday, Jan. 25
Seminars
Iowa Regulations & Nuisance Case Update
Eldon McAfee – Brick Gentry Law Firm
9:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Hy-Vee Hall, lower level, Rooms 105 & 106
VFDs Are Here, What Have You Done?
Dr. Chris Rademacher – Iowa State University
Jeff Verzal – Iowa Department of Agriculture & Land Stewardship
Dr. Paul Thomas – AMVC
10:45 a.m. – Noon
Hy-Vee Hall, lower level, rooms 107 & 108
Manure Nutrient Utilization & Water Quality
Dr. Dan Andersen – Iowa State University
Rick Juchems – Iowa pork producer
12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Hy-Vee Hall, lower level, rooms 105 & 106
Keynote Presentation – Best Time Ever to Be in Agriculture
Dr. Lowell B. Catlett, professor emeritus – New Mexico State University
2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Hy-Vee Hall, lower level, Rooms 107 & 108
Prices & Profitability: Economic Outlook
Dr. Steve Meyer – Express Markets, Inc.
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Hy-Vee Hall, lower level, rooms 105 & 106
Underwritten by National Hog Farmer
Training Sessions
Pork Quality Assurance Plus certification
Mark Storlie – Iowa State University Extension & Outreach
10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Hy-Vee Hall, lower level, room 103
Transport Quality Assurance certification
Dave Stender -Iowa State University Extension & Outreach
1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Hy-Vee Hall, lower level, room 103
Thursday, Jan. 26
Seminars
Evaluation of Antibiotic Alternatives for Nursery Pigs
Dr. Nick Gabler – Iowa State University
9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Hy-Vee Hall, lower level, rooms 107 & 108
Managing Margins in Market Downturns
Ron Durre – Farm Credit Services of America
Pat Von Tersch – Professional Ag Marketing
Al Wulfekuhle – Iowa pork producer
10:30 a.m. – Noon
Hy-Vee Hall, lower level, rooms 105 & 106
The Consumer Connection: A Producer Perspective
Cristen Clark – Iowa pork producer & food blogger
Jarrod Bakker – Iowa pork producer
Gary Sovereign – Iowa pork producer
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Hy-Vee Hall, lower level, rooms 107 & 108
Swine Health Trends: Iowa State University Veterinary Diagnostic Lab
Dr. Rodger Main – Iowa State University
Dr. Pablo Pineyro – Iowa State University
1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Hy-Vee Hall, lower level, rooms 105 & 106
Opportunities Abound: A Toolbox for Beginning Farmers
Colin Johnson – Iowa State University
Dr. William Edwards – Iowa State University
3 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Hy-Vee Hall, lower level, rooms 107 & 108
Training Session
Confinement Site Manure Applicator certification
Jeff Prier, Iowa Department of Natural Resources
Dan Andersen- Iowa State University
10 a.m. – Noon
Hy-Vee Hall, lower level, room 103
All seminars and training sessions are held in the lower level of Hy-Vee Hall at the Iowa Events Center. 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. on Jan. 25 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Jan. 26.
Admission at the door is $10 for those not preregistered.
For more information, contact the Iowa Pork Producers Association at (515) 225-7675, (800) 372-7675 or visit www.iowaporkcongress.org.
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