Iowa Pork Congress features ‘free’ seminars, training sessions

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Several educational business seminars and certification training sessions are being offered by the Iowa Pork Producers Association at the 2014 Iowa Pork Congress.

The event is being held Jan. 22 and 23 at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines and all of the educational opportunities are offered at no additional cost to registered participants.

Seminar topics include an update on what’s happening in Washington, the latest on PEDV, an economic outlook, the Affordable Care Act and opportunities for new farmers. Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey will lead a discussion of the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy.

In addition to the seminars, hog farmers also can obtain or renew their certification in the industry’s PQA Plus and TQA programs, and a certification session for confinement site manure applicators also is being offered.

The well-known farm advocate and radio and cable television personality Trent Loos returns to Pork Congress to provide an entertaining and interesting keynote address. His message will explore the importance of re-educating today’s well educated but misinformed young mothers and other consumers about modern food production. The “Loos Tales” star will speak at 2 p.m. on Jan. 22.

The following is a complete schedule of seminars, training sessions and facilitators:

Wednesday, Jan. 22

-------------------Seminars-------------------

Iowa Regulations & Nuisance Case Update

Eldon McAfee – Beving, Swanson & Forrest

9:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

 

Hy-Vee Hall, lower level, Rooms 105 & 106

Washington Update: Will Dysfunctional Washington Ever Function?

Jim Wiesemeyer – Informa Economics

10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Hy-Vee Hall, lower level, rooms 107 & 108

Understanding PEDv: Diagnostics, Impacts & Biosecurity!

Dr. Rodger Main –  Iowa State Veterinary Diagnostic Lab, &

Dr. Rodney “Butch” Baker –  Iowa State University

12:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Hy-Vee Hall, lower level, rooms 105 & 106

Keynote Presentation: “Tell that to the Crunchy Momma”

Trent Loos – Loos Tales

2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Hy-Vee Hall, lower level, Rooms 107 & 108

Managing the Margin: Economic Outlook

Dr. Lee Schulz – Iowa State University

3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Hy-Vee Hall, lower level, rooms 105 & 106

-------------------Training Sessions-------------------

Pork Quality Assurance Plus Certification

Dave Stender - Iowa State University

10 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Hy-Vee Hall, lower level, room 103

Transport Quality Assurance Certification

Tom Miller - Iowa State University

1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Hy-Vee Hall, lower level, Room 103

 

Thursday, Jan. 23

-------------------Seminars-------------------

Strengthening Agriculture’s Commitment to Water Quality:

The Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy

The Honorable Bill Northey – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture,  Dr. John Lawrence – Iowa State University &  Matt Lechtenberg - Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship

9:15 a.m. – 10:15a.m.

 

Hy-Vee Hall, lower level, rooms 107 & 108

Food Safety & Antibiotics: Perceptions vs. Reality

Richard Raymond, M.D.

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Hy-Vee Hall, lower level, rooms 105 & 106

Employee Care Assistance & The Affordable Care Act

Jim Lummus – National Pork Board & Joseph Folsom – U.S. Small Business Administration

11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

 

Hy-Vee Hall, lower level, rooms 107 & 108

Connecting the Dots: Animal Health, Well-Being & Productivity       

Dr. John Deen – University of Minnesota

 

1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

 

Farm Transitions & Beginning Farmer Opportunities

David Baker – Iowa State University Beginning Farmer Center

2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Hy-Vee Hall, lower level, rooms 107 & 108

-------------------Training Sessions-------------------

Confinement Site Manure Applicator Certification

Jeff Prier – Iowa Department of Natural Resources & Angela Rieck-Hinz – Iowa State University

 

10 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Hy-Vee Hall, lower level, room 103

Social Media Training

Cathy Lee Fredrickson – Integer Group

1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Hy-Vee Hall, lower level, room 103

All seminars and training sessions are held in the lower level of Hy-Vee Hall at the Iowa Events Center. 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. Show hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Jan. 22 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Jan. 23.

Admission at the door is $10.

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



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