The University of Missouri Extension 2008 Swine Institute is scheduled for Nov. 11 and 12 at the Courtyard by Marriott in Columbia, Mo. This year’s theme, “Weathering the Storm,” will address forces affecting the Missouri swine industry and offer insights on how to face these challenges.

This year’s topics include environmental pressures; improving feed efficiency to compensate for higher feed and fuel costs; the use of alternative, lower-cost feeds; improving energy use; and thermal comfort of pigs. The 2008 Swine Institute will provide strategies to help producers monitor and manage with more efficiency.

Mike Brumm of the Brumm Swine Consultancy in North Mankato, Minn., will be a featured speaker. Brumm was named one of the top 50 people influencing the swine industry in the last 50 years.

Agricultural activist Trent Loos will be the keynote speaker. Loos will speak on his mission to share the positive story of production agriculture. His radio show, “Loos Tales,” is heard daily by 3 million listeners across the Midwest.

Additional sponsors are FCS Financial, Missouri Pork Producers Association, Triumph Foods, Cargill Pork, MFA Inc, Premium Standard Farms and Murphy-Brown.

The Institute begins Tuesday, Nov. 11 at 1 p.m. and concludes at noon the following day. Pre-registration is encouraged. For registration information, contact Ericka Lovercamp at 573-882-9552 or lovercampe@missouri.edu. For details on event programming, click here.

For other inquires, contact Katrina Turner at 573-882-0378 or turnerka@missouri.edu.