Plan now to attend the 2011 World Pork Expo in Des Moines for a series of business seminars offered Wednesday, June 8, and Thursday, June 9. The free seminars feature discussions about risk management, pig nutrition and health, and anaerobic manure digestion. Expo attendees will find these business seminars in the Varied Industries Building at the Iowa State Fairgrounds.

“Producers throughout the world come to World Pork Expo for one reason: to see what’s state-of-the-art in pork production and technology,” says National Pork Producers Council President Doug Wolf, Lancaster, Wisc. “It’s a chance to hear experts present the latest information, then talk with them face-to-face.”

Business seminars tackle a variety of management topics

Manure digester systems — real-world case studies, what's important to consider and resources that are available — are the focus of Thursday morning’s seminar sponsored by AgSTAR. The speakers include Jerry Foster, Cargill Pork LLC; Norma McDonald, Organic Waste Systems; Shannon Chase, USDA; and Allison Costa, AgSTAR.

Wednesday afternoon, sponsor TechMix Inc. will use a “training camp” theme to discuss preparing pigs for optimal performance. Paul Rhoads, Iowa State University head football coach, joins the following speakers for the seminar: Steve Patterson, Northeast Veterinary Service, Shelbina, Mo.; Mark Bertram, First Choice Livestock LLC; Bob Lantz, Chr Hansen Animal Health & Nutrition; and Todd Rasmussen and Brent Ratliff, Techmix.

Cargill begins its Thursday afternoon seminar with a discussion about managing ingredient adversity in a volatile world by nutritionists Kevin Touchette and Ken Mooney. Then, Matt Leininger and Terry Mahoney will talk about proactively managing market exposure and strategies for reducing capital needs.

The effects of PCV2 on finishing pig growth performance, and options for PCV2 and Mhp vaccination headline the business seminar sponsored by Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health. Veterinarians Brad Thacker, Charlie Francisco and Rich Schlueter will present this information on Wednesday morning.

On both days, CME Group is sponsoring presentations on risk management for pork producers. Thomas Clark from CME Group will discuss trading tools, hedging and how to develop a marketing plan.

Business Seminar, Pork Academy Details are Available

More details about these business seminars are available at You’ll also find information there about Pork Academy seminars at World Pork Expo, June 8-9. Sponsored by the National Pork Board, these educational topics range from the latest information about PRRS, to managing feed costs and efficiencies while putting U.S. pork on the world’s table.

More than 450 commercial exhibits will be on display from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, June 8, and Thursday, June 9, and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, June 10. The breeding stock sales will continue on Saturday, June 11, from 8 a.m. until they’re completed around noon.

World Pork Expo, the world’s largest pork-specific trade show, is brought to you by the National Pork Producers Council. On behalf of its members, NPPC develops and defends export markets, fights for reasonable legislation and regulation, and informs and educates legislators. For more information, visit