The University of Illinois and the Illinois Pork Producers Association are presenting a 2011 pork producer distance-education opportunity, designed to relay information on a broad array of pork production subjects.

 The webinar programs are scheduled for the fourth Monday of each month beginning at 2 p.m. CST and running for 30 minutes with 15 minutes for a question-and-answer period. Participants will need a computer with Internet access and a telephone system to be part of the live program. Registration is $30 per registrant to access the entire webinar series and the recorded programs.

 The program is designed to reach a broad audience interested or involved in pork production, and the topics are selected to be thought provoking and help pork producers reach their production targets.

 Register and pay (via credit or debit card) online for this webinar series at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/swinewebinar/. Upon successful registration you will receive an e-mail confirmation. The program and recordings will be available following the event for three months after the last program.

 The schedule for the remaining presentations is as follows:

• April 25: Antibiotic Policies, Jim Pettigrew

• May 23: Foreign Disease Watch, Larry Firkins 

• June 27: Ventilation Management, Ted Funk 

• July 25: Optimizing Marketing of Finishing Pigs, Mike Ellis

• Aug. 22: Managing Weaning Pigs, Hans Stein

• Sept. 26: Managing Photoperiod in Pigs’ Environment, Janeen Salak-Johnson

• Oct. 24: Composting Mortalities, Randy Fonner

• Nov. 28: A Panel Discussion on Animal-housing Issues

• Dec. 19: A Panel Discussion on Issues Related to 30 Pigs per Sow per Year

• Jan. 23, 2012: Methods to Optimize Estrus Detection, Rob Knox

For additional information, contact Rob Knox at (217) 244 -5177 or e-mail him at rknox@illinois.edu.