South Dakota State University Extension will commemorate the fifth anniversary of its Swine Education and Research Facility on Swine Day, Nov. 2, at McCrory Gardens in Brookings.
“The SDSU Swine Education and Research Facility continues to play an integral role in exposing students from South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa and surrounding states to real-world swine industry teaching and research experience,” says Ryan Samuel, SDSU Extension swine specialist. “Swine Day is an opportunity for producers, allied industry members and stakeholders to get an update on the latest groundbreaking research being conducted at the swine units and connect with these future industry members.”
The event begins at 9 a.m. with a poster session highlighting graduate research projects from the past year. Attendees are invited to enjoy a continental breakfast and visit with graduate students about their projects. The formal program will follow at 10 a.m.
Steve Meyer, economist with Partners for Production Agriculture, is this year’s keynote speaker and will deliver an engaging presentation on swine industry economic data and analyses. Meyer has worked in the hog industry in a number of roles.
As vice president of pork analysis for EMI, Meyer conducted ongoing analysis of hog and pork markets. As president of Paragon Economics, which he founded, he monitored and analyzed cattle, beef and poultry markets. Prior to Paragon Economics, he served as director of economics for the National Pork Producers Council and the National Pork Board from 1993 to 2002. In that capacity, he provided economic counsel to producers and NPPC-NPB staff while coordinating staff and consultants’ activities regarding meat industry production. Since leaving NPB, Meyer has served as the organization’s consulting economist.
Swine Day schedule
The schedule is as follows:
- 9 a.m. — continental breakfast and poster session with graduate students
- 10 a.m. — welcome by Joe Cassady, head of animal science at SDSU
- 10:15 a.m. — keynote by Steve Meyer, Partners for Production Agriculture
- 11:30 a.m. — updates on African swine fever by researcher Jane Christopher-Hennings
- Noon: — lunch
- 1 p.m. — research highlights by faculty and grad students
- 3 p.m. — discussion and closing