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IPC offers free seminars, workshops

By Staff | Jan 17, 2015

THOSE ATTENDING THE 2014 Iowa Pork Congress, took advantage of several free seminars and workshops the event offers each year.

DES MOINES – The Iowa Pork Producers Association will offer a variety of free business seminars of importance to hog farmers during the 2015 Iowa Pork Congress in Des Moines.

The 43rd annual Iowa Pork Congress is set for Jan. 28 and 29 at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines and all of the educational opportunities are offered at no additional cost to registered participants.

Many of the industry’s top experts and facilitators will include sessions on PEDv, pit foaming and markets.

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:

STEVE MEYER, of Paragon Economics is a regular speaker at the Iowa pork Congress, he’ll offer a talk on tracking profits in 2015 at 3:30 p.m. on Jan. 28.

JAN. 28

Seminars

  • Iowa regulations and nuisance case update, 9:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in the Hy-Vee Hall, lower level, rooms 105 and 106.
  • PEDv update: 10:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. in the Hy-Vee Hall, lower level, rooms 107 and 108, by Dr. David Schmitt state veterinarian; Dr. Matt Anderson, Suidae Health and Production; and Dr. Darin Madson, Iowa State University.
  • Foaming at the Pit, from 12:45 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. in the Hy-Vee Hall, lower level, rooms 105 and 106, by Dr. Steve Hoff, Iowa State University; Dr. Dan Andersen, ISU; and Dr. Brian Kerr, U.S. Department of Agriculture.
  • Keynote presentation, from 2 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. in the Hy-Vee Hall, lower level, rooms 107 and 108. Topic is Agriculture: Trends, Topics, Tomorrow, by Damian Mason.
  • Profit Tracker 2015 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Hy-Vee Hall, lower level, Rooms 105 and 106, an economic outlook by Dr. Steve Meyer, Paragon Economics

The presentation is being underwritten by National Hog Farmer.

Training sessions

  • Pork Quality Assurance Plus certification, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Hy-Vee Hall, lower level, rooms 103, by Dr. Matt Swantek, of ISU Extension.
  • Transport Quality Assurance certification, from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Hy-Vee Hall, lower level, room 103, by Mark Storlie, ISU Extension.

JAN. 29

Seminars

  • Evaluating and Addressing Consumer Trust, from 9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m., in Hy-Vee Hall, lower level, rooms 107 and 108, by Allyson Perry, from the Center for Food Integrity.
  • Policy Directions Impacting Animal Agriculture, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in Hy-Vee Hall, lower level, rooms 105 and 106, by Steve Kopperud of Policy Directions. he presentation is being underwritten by National Pork Producers Council.
  • Building Traceability: Health Monitoring and Animal Care Audits, from 11: 45 a.m. to 1 p.m., in Hy-Vee Hall, lower level, rooms 107 and 108, by Dr. Patrick Webb and Sherrie Webb, both of the National Pork Board.
  • Showing Transparency through Social Media and Farm Tourism, from 1:15 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., in Hy-Vee Hall, lower level, rooms 105 and 106, by Erin Brenneman, a Washington Co. pork producer; and Jon Hoek, Belstra Milling Co./Fair Oaks Pig Adventure. The presentation is being underwritten by Pork Network.
  • Farmland the Movie, from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., in Hy-Vee Hall, lower level, rooms 107 and 108.

Training sessions

  • Confinement Site Manure Applicator certification, from 10 a.m. to noon, in Hy-Vee Hall, lower level, room 103, by Jeff Prier, Iowa Department of Natural Resources; and Dr. Dan Andersen, ISU.

All seminars and training sessions 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.

Admission at the door is $10.

For more information, contact the Iowa Pork Producers Association at (515) 225-7675, (800) 372-7675 or visit “http://www.iowaporkcongress.org”>www.iowaporkcongress.org.

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