The National Pork Board has announced a series of seminars designed specifically to help pork producers remain competitive in today''s rapidly changing world. The ‘Producers Opportunity for Revenue and Knowledge’ Academy will be presented June 5 and June 6 at World Pork Expo on the Iowa State fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa.

"We invite all pork producers attending World Pork Expo to join us for the PORK Academy seminars," said Ron Schoo, chairman of NPB’s Producer Services Committee. "Access to accurate and timely information is vital to my operation and the pork checkoff is helping provide that through educational seminars like PORK Academy."

PORK Academy''s seminars on Thursday, June 5 focus on employee management and market outlook.  The employee seminar topics include the challenges and opportunities in the emerging Hispanic workforce, occupational health and safety and hearing protection. The market outlook seminar includes lunch and topics including the weather situation and outlook for summer 2008, as well as a hog and pork economic outlook.

Day two will focus on education, environment and market outlook. The educational seminars topics include risk management, strategies to improve production costs and efficiencies and a grain outlook.  The environmental seminars include facility sitting, how to make EQIP work for you and odor mitigation technologies from the pork industry environmental stewards.  The market outlook seminars include the same topics as Thursday''s seminar. 

A schedule of the seminars is available on or by calling Sharlotte Peterson at 515-223-2600.

Source: NPB