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Ten new seminars being offered at 2017 Iowa Pork Congress

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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


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


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

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