More activities, events and seminars are set for the second day of the 2016 World Pork Expo.

  • Trade show runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
  • Business Seminars
  • PORK Academy, sponsored by the Pork Checkoff
  • The Big Grill, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • National Swine Registry — America’s Best Genetics Alley
  • World Pork Expo Junior National shows
  • Children's activities — face painting and balloon sculpting, 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • PQA Plus® training at 9:15 a.m.
  • World Pork Open Clay Target Championship, New Pioneer Gun Club, Waukee, Iowa
  • MusicFest performances starting at 4:30 p.m., Grand Avenue

Thursday's business seminar schedule includes:

8:30 - 12:00

Join the Race – Maximize Your Competitive Advantage 
Sponsored by: Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc.

Successful pork production is like a race – if you can get off to a healthy start, you’re more likely to end strong.  But being ready for the race doesn’t happen in one day.  It takes a keen understanding of why you’re running, thorough and proactive preparation and making sure you’re training for success every day.  Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedia is sponsoring these sessions to bring this information direction to you:

·         8:30am – Brett, Stuart, Global AgriTrends
Understanding the Course – Opportunities in a Global Market
Brett Stuart is a founding partner of Global AgriTrends, a Denver-based firm that provides global agricultural analysis and forecasting to clients around the world. His previous experience also includes the U.S. Meat Export Federation and CattleFax. 

·         9:30am – Miguel Angel Higuera, National Association of Swine Producers (Spain)
Focus on Preparation – Anticipating Changing Conditions
Miguel Angel Higuera serves as director of ANPROGAPOR, the Spanish Swine Producers Association which represents approximately 85% of Spanish pig production. In his role, Miguel works with producers and industry stakeholders to advocate for Spanish pig producers throughout Europe and around the world.

·         11am – Mark Schwartz, Schwartz Farms
Every Day is Race Day – Keys to Success from Day 1
As Director of Production Systems, Mark is responsible for the operational management of all SFI farrowing facilities, as well as ensuring the seamless integration of production systems between farrowing and wean-finish operations. Additionally, Mark directs the overall herd health management within SFI and its contract grower facilities. 

The Pork Academy schedule for Thursday is as follows: 

9:15 - 10:00

Changes on Antibiotic Usage 
Sponsored by: Pork Checkoff

This session will provide an overview of regulatory changes for the responsible use of antibiotics in food animals and what it means on the farm.

10:15 - 11:00

Three Essential Steps to a Health, Safety & Environmental Disaster 
Sponsored by: Pork Checkoff

This session will highlight concerns on health, safety or environmental events and will introduce National Pork Board tools and initiatives to prevent injuries and environmental problems.

11:15 - 12:00

What Would the Grill Say? -- Checkoff Consumer Campaign 
Sponsored by: Pork Checkoff

Comer hear from The Grill and his neighbor friend, Gloria, as Ceci shared the summer Checkoff consumer campaign, "What Would the Grill Say?" The Checkoff will share to-date results and measures of consumer response. 

1:30 - 2:15

U.S. Exports & International Trade 
Sponsored by: Pork Checkoff

Learn about U.S. pork export markets, insight into world economics and the growing opportunity for global trade.

2:30 - 3:15

Changes on Antibiotics Usage 
Sponsored by: Pork Checkoff

This session will provide an overview of regulatory changes for the responsible use of antibiotics in food animals and what it means on the farm.