The Pork Checkoff is presenting the Producers Opportunity for Revenue and Knowledge (P.O.R.K.) Academy on Wednesday, June 9 at the Holiday Inn University Park in West Des Moines, Iowa. This Checkoff-funded event is held annually on the eve of World Pork Expo. World Pork Expo is scheduled for June 10-12 in Des Moines.

P.O.R.K. Academy is a series of in-depth seminars designed specifically to meet the need for pork producers to remain competitive in today’s rapidly changing world. P.O.R.K. Academy allows producers to select those areas that they have the most interest. Information will be presented during three sessions and a luncheon program from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

In the morning, P.O.R.K. Academy will include presentations on business management, swine health, and facilities and equipment. Afternoon presentations at P.O.R.K. Academy include marketing, reproduction, swine nutrition, production and management systems, sow longevity and environmental stewardship.

The Checkoff-funded P.O.R.K. Academy is sponsored by Pfizer Animal Health, which is providing a courtesy discount of $130 for each person who registers for the P.O.R.K. Academy. The advance registration fee, after the Pfizer discounts, is $100 per person and on-site registration is $115 per person. The registration fee includes lunch and materials, including a CD-ROM of the P.O.R.K. Academy proceedings.

A brochure with a detailed list of events is available in print or on the Internet. Request a copy be mailed to you by the Pork Checkoff Service Center at (800) 456-PORK or find the information on the Checkoff-funded Internet site in the “Publications” section of “Presentations & Publications” section of the “Pork Production” menu. Also, a CD-ROM of the P.O.R.K. Academy proceedings will be available for purchase for $15 each. Following the P.O.R.K. Academy, audio tapes will be available for all sessions at $10 per session or $80 for a complete set.

For more information, see the Checkoff-funded Internet site; write to P.O.R.K. Academy, P.O. Box 9114, Des Moines, IA 50306; or call (800) 456-7675.

In addition to P.O.R.K. Academy, the Pork Checkoff sponsors other educational opportunities for pork producers, including a distance education program that is available year-round.

National Pork Board has responsibility for Checkoff-funded research, promotion and consumer information projects and for communicating with pork producers and the public. Through a legislative national Pork Checkoff, pork producers invest $0.40 for each $100 value of hogs sold. Pork importers also invest a comparable amount. The Pork Checkoff funds national and state programs in advertising, consumer information, retail and foodservice marketing, export market promotion, production improvement, technology, swine health and pork safety. For information on Checkoff-funded programs, pork producers can call the Pork Checkoff Service Center at (800) 456-PORK or check the Internet at