Kansas State University will host the 2009 Swine Profitability Conference on Tuesday, Feb. 3, at the Forum Hall in the KSU Student Union. Entitled "Staying Competitive in the Swine Industry, the conference will feature topics such as hog and grain price outlook and controlling price risks.

The conference will begin at 9:15 a.m. and the program will start at 9:30 a.m. Presentation topics and speakers will include:

  • What I´m Telling My Clients About Their Future in the Swine Industry - Joe Connor, DVM, Carthage Veterinary Service, Carthage, Ill.
  • Successfully Controlling Risk in the New Era of Price Volatility - Bob Taubert, co-owner and chief executive officer of New Horizon Farms, Pipestone, Minn.
  • Market Hog and Grain Price Outlook for 2009 and Beyond - Darrell Mark, agricultural economist, University of Nebraska.
  • Change IS Coming - What Do We Need to Know? - Panel with Connor; Taubert; and Steve Henry, DVM, Abilene Animal Hospital, Abilene, Kan.
  • Changing the Culture of a Business/Institution - Jon Wefald, president, Kansas State University.

The early registration fee for the conference is $25, payable by Jan. 25. Registration after that date and at the door is $50. The fee covers all materials, breaks and lunch.

For more information, including the conference brochure, click here or contact Lois Schreiner at (785)532-1267 or lschrein@ksu.edu