This year’s Pork Academy will be held on Wednesday June 8, at the Downtown Marriott in Des Moines, Iowa. This fully loaded day long event presents ideas, information and discussions on pork production areas that you can apply to your business back home. 

“As a pork producer, access to accurate and timely information is vital to my operation and the pork checkoff is helping provide that through educational events like PORK Academy,” says Leon Sheets, chairman of NPB’s education committee and an Iowa pork producer.

PORK Academy is a series of in-depth seminars on a variety of business topics. The format allows producers to select the areas of most interest. Information will be presented during three sessions, beginning at 9 a.m. and running to 5:30 p.m.

Morning sessions will include presentations on biosecurity, reproduction and marketing. Afternoon presentations include animal care and behavior, genetics, business and financial management, swine nutrition, environmental management and alternative production and marketing.

The registration fee is $125 per person before the event and $150 on site. The fee includes lunch and materials, including a CD-ROM of the PORK Academy proceedings.

A brochure with a detailed list of events and registration information is available in print or on the Internet. Call (800) 456-PORK to request a mailed copy or go to www. and click on the PORK Academy icon.

A CD-ROM of the PORK Academy proceedings will be available for purchase for $15, following the event. Audio tapes will also be available at $10 per session or $80 for a complete set.

For more information, go to or call (800) 456-7675.