To stay in tune with changes and trends in the pork industry, consider attending this year’s PORK Academy. This series of in-depth seminars is slated for Wednesday, June 4, which is the day before World Pork Expo.

Sessions begin at 9:30 a.m. at the downtown Des Moines, Iowa, Marriott. Here’s a look at the concurrent sessions that are on tap for the day:

9:30-11:30 a.m.: Air Quality; Antimicrobial Uses and Alternatives; Closed Herds.

11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m.: Luncheon and Program, including a market outlook and value-added pork production.

1:30-3:30 p.m.: Maximizing Sow Production; Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plans; Herd Health.

3:30-5:30 p.m.: Swine Welfare Assurance Program; Environmental Regulations and Standards; International Marketing Needs and Pork Quality.

5:45-6:45 p.m.: Reception

The National Pork Board and Pfizer Animal Health sponsor PORK Academy.

Registration fees are $85 in advance, $100 at the door. For more information or to register, contact Jami Elliott, National Pork Board, (515) 223-3525 or go to