“Managing Your Unseen Employee: The Ventilation System” workshops are planned for March at three Minnesota locations. The workshops will be March 11, University of Minnesota Southern Research and Outreach Center, Waseca; March 12, U of M West Central Research and Outreach Center, Morris; and March 13, U of M Southwest Research and Outreach Center, Lamberton.

Each seminar begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 3:30 p.m. The agenda includes discussion on the role and expectations of ventilation, troubleshooting ventilation problems, and hands-on experience.

Enrollment is limited to 36 individuals each day and pre-registration is required at least two days in advance of the seminar. The cost is $40 per person and includes handouts, breaks and lunch. To register, telephone 1-800-767-5287 (1-800-PORKCTR). Master Card and Visa are accepted, or make checks payable to the University of Nebraska and mail to: Pork Central, University of Nebraska, 303 Filley Hall, Lincoln, Neb., 68583-0922.

The workshops feature a portable ventilation room. The mobile ventilation room helps producers better understand the importance of ventilation in the barns and how to make adjustments and changes to improve facility air quality and circulation.

The ventilation room is a 6-foot by 8-foot by 8-foot mobile unit equipped with two variable speed fans, one single speed fan, three types of air inlets and controller. The ventilation room allows hands-on demonstrations on controller operation, adjusting inlets, static pressure effects and other real-life situations facing pork producers. The unit includes demonstration boards comprised of various brands of ventilation controllers.

The workshop sponsors are the University of Minnesota, University of Nebraska, South Dakota State University, and Iowa State University.

For more information on this educational program, contact Lee Johnston, University of Minnesota, West Central Research and Outreach Center, Morris, (320) 589-1711.