Iowa and Midwest pork producers will find many educational opportunities at the 2010 Iowa Pork Congress in Des Moines Jan. 27 and 28-- all provided at no additional cost.

Seminars, live demonstrations and training/certification sessions will be provided by the Iowa Pork Producers Association in an effort to keep pork producers informed.

Seminar topics include regulations, risk management, disease prevention and alternative production systems. Several outstanding speakers will facilitate the sessions. Iowa State University swine experts will present live demonstrations on swine necropsy and feed efficiency. As an added bonus, producers can bring feed samples for testing of particle size.

A new feature this year is the addition of training certification sessions for Pork Quality Assurance Plus and Transport Quality Assurance. Confinement site manure applicators also can renew their certification in a two-hour workshop.

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

Wednesday, Jan. 27


  • Iowa Environmental Regulations & Nuisance Case Update
    Eldon McAfee - Beving, Swanson & Forrest
    9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
    Underwritten by Phibro Animal Health
  • Risk Management for Risky Business
    Mark Greenwood - AgStar Financial Services
    John Lawrence - Iowa State University
    10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Fires and Foam: What have we learned?
    Robert Burns - Iowa State University
    Larry Jacobson - University of Minnesota
    12 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
  • Celebrating Agriculture - Keynote Presentation
    Michele Payn-Knoper
    1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
    Underwritten by Phibro Animal Health
  • The Crystal Ball Says...
    Steve Meyer - Paragon Economics Inc.
    2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Demonstration Area:

  • "Feeding" the Bottom Line
    Ken Stalder - Iowa State University
    10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
  • Swine Necropsy at a Glance
    Alex Ramirez & Rodney “Butch” Baker - Iowa State University
    2: 45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Training Sessions:

  • Pork Quality Assurance Plus (PQA Plus) Certification
    Larry McMullen - Iowa State University Extension
    10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Transport Quality Assurance Certification
    David Stender - Iowa State University Extension
    1 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 28


  • Contracts: Learning from the Experience of Difficult Economic Times
    Eldon McAfee - Beving, Swanson & Forrest
    9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
  • "Maintaining" the Bottom Line
    Stephen Pohl - South Dakota State University
    10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
  • Keeping Disease off the Farm
    Scott Dee - University of Minnesota
    12 p.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Building Efficient Alternative Production Systems
    Yuzhi Li - University of Minnesota
    1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
  • Effective Employee Training to Build Barn Culture
    Sarah Probst-Miller - Carthage Veterinary Services
    2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Training Sessions:

  • Confinement Site Manure Applicator Certification
    Angela Rieck-Hinz - Iowa State University
    10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

All seminars and training sessions are hosted on the lower level of Hy-Vee Hall at the Iowa Events Center. The demonstration area is located in exhibit hall A of Veterans' Memorial Auditorium. All of the seminars are funded by the Pork Checkoff!

The Iowa Pork Congress is open to all pork producers, allied business partners and others involved in the pork industry. The 38th annual show will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 27 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 28 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

Source: IPPA