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2023 Iowa Swine Day to focus on vital pork industry topics

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Speakers include Eric Potterat, L.A. Dodgers; Joe Kerns, Partners for Production Agriculture; Banks Baker, PIC; and Jack Bobo, The Nature Conservancy.

The 2023 Iowa Swine Day program will focus on what it does best: 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 official program starts at 8:30. Registration cost is $65, and students may attend at no charge with the registration deadline of midnight, June 22. No walk-in registrations are accepted.

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

Eric Potterat of the L.A. Dodgers will explain key performance optimization factors of high performing individuals and teams, and Joe Kerns from Partners for Production Agriculture will help audience members 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, and 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 University 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 ISU 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 Rd in Ames, from 5:30 to 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 ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

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