The University of Missouri Extension Commercial Agriculture Program’s 2011 Swine Institute has been set for Nov. 8 at the Stoney Creek Inn in Columbia.

The conference will review some of the critical issues facing the U.S. pork industry, including nuisance laws; risk identification and management; porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS); air filtration and Confined Animal Feeding Operation rules; the hog situation and market outlook; and what the global economy means to Missouri pork producers.

The Institute will begin with a “rapid-fire” session from the Commercial Agriculture Program swine team members Tim Safranski, Beth Young, Joe Zulovich and Teng Lim. Topics will include an update on the Missouri PRRS Control and Elimination Project, air-inlet filtration and new biofilters for emission control.

The luncheon program will feature Neil Dierks, National Pork Producers Council chief executive officer.

The highly popular session on nuisance laws will be repeated this year, with Commercial Agriculture’s legal analyst Vern Pierce will discuss the newest Missouri laws; attorney Jean Paul Bradshaw will explain what the nuisance laws mean to Missouri pork producers; and state Sen. Kurt Schaefer will offer advice on what to do when a neighbor has filed a nuisance suit.

Ray Massey, Commercial Agriculture ‘s economist, will give a presentation on risk identification and management concerning feed and finance. Joe Zulovich, Commercial Agriculture’s swine team leader, will offer an overview of CAFO rules and permits.

Dan Vaught, professional futures market consultant, will speak on “The Hog Situation and Market Outlook.”

The one-day Swine Institute will conclude with “Supper with Abner Womack.” Womack will discuss the global economy and what it may mean to Missouri pork producers. Womack recently retired as senior economist and director of the University of Missouri Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI).

The one-day institute will begin with registration at 10:30 a.m. and conclude with the 6:00 p.m. dinner program. For registration information, contact Travis Dixon of the University of Missouri Conference Office, (573) 882-6059 or For information on the program or speakers, contact Katrina Turner at the Commercial Agriculture Program, or (573) 882-0378.


Source: University of Missouri Extension