The Iowa Pork Producers Association 2009 Iowa Pork Congress will feature a dozen educational seminars to help keep producers on top of their game. A variety of topics will be covered by some of the swine industry’s top researchers, educators and business people.

Producers can learn from Kelley Donham and Risto Rautiainen from the University of Iowa’s Center for Agricultural Safety and Health as they discuss employee and public health. John Mabry of Iowa State University will teach attendees how to calculate production costs to determine their bottom line.

Other topics include controlling energy costs, sow housing and animal well-being and niche production.

The following is the complete lineup of seminars to be presented:

Wednesday, Jan. 28

● Operation Main Street Refresher Training
 Al Eidson - National Pork Board , 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.

● Producing Pork with Employee and Public Health in Mind 
Kelley Donham & Risto Rautiainen – University of Iowa, 9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

● Iowa Environmental Regulations & Nuisance Case Update
Eldon McAfee – Beving, Swanson & Forrest, 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

● Calculating Production Costs to Determine Your Bottom Line 
John Mabry – Iowa State University, 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

● With Vision There is Hope
Bruce Vincent – Keynote Speaker, 1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

● Measuring & Controlling Energy Costs
Mike Brumm – Brumm Swine Consultancy, Inc., 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Demonstration Area
● An Introduction to Swine Necropsy
Alex Ramirez – Iowa State University, 11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 29

● Sow Housing & Animal Well Being
Anna Johnson and Suzanne Millman – Iowa State University, 9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
● Managing Inputs and Marketing: Where Do We Go From Here?
Steve Meyer – Paragon Economics, Inc., 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

● Virtual Tours of Niche Production Facilities
Dave Stender – Iowa State University Extension swine field specialist
Martin Kramer & Lyle Rossiter – niche pork producers, 12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

● Keys to Successful Employee Management
Human Resources Panel, 12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m.

● Mortality Composting & Emergency Planning
Thomas Glanville – Iowa State University, 2 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Demonstration Area
● Hogs for Hens: Improving Aesthetics of Your Operation 
Dave VanWaus – Iowa Pheasants Forever, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

All of the seminars are presented at no additional charge to attendees and funded by the National Pork Board.

The Iowa Pork Congress is open to all pork producers, allied business partners and others involved in the pork industry. The 37th annual show will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 28 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 29 at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines. Admission at the door is $10.

For more information, contact the Iowa Pork Producers Association at (515) 225-7675, (800) 372-7675 or visit