“Rising to the Challenge of Rising Corn Prices: Proactive Options for the Pork Industry” is the title of an upcoming University of Minnesota Web cast that is open to pork producers nationwide.

It will take place March 28 from 1 to 4 p.m. "We will have download sites throughout Minnesota, but anyone connected to the Internet will be able to link to the live program via our University of Minnesota Swine Extension Web site, and will also have the ability to ask questions (via a text box) to the panel at the end of the program," notes Mark Whitney, Minnesota swine Extension specialist.
 
The Minnesota Pork Board is a co-sponsor of the event which will actually take place live in   Mankato, Minn. For those producers linking to the program and locations of download sites, in addition to all other details of the program, are available at the University of Minnesota Swine Extension Web site at www.extension.umn.edu/swine.    

Here's a brief look at the program agenda:

1:00-1:10 p.m.      Introduction and instructions

1:10-2:10 p.m.     Brian Buhr (University of Minnesota agricultural economist)

Impacts of ethanol demand on feed costs and pork production, prices and profitability. Risk management, grain procurement and production management strategies.

2:10-2:50 pm           Mark Whitney (University of Minnesota Extension swine specialist)

Strategies to minimize effects of high feed costs,including evaluating nutrient levels in diets, alternative ingredients, growth promotants and metabolic partitioners, feeding management, assessing genetic merit and health status.

2:50-3:30 pm          Gary Thome (Riverland Community College)

                  Analyzing the operation's production and financial health, re-establishing business                 and production goals, strategies to cope with marginal returns.

3:30-4:00 pm       Question and answer period for speaker panel.

Individuals and download sites will be able to submit questions for the panel over the Internet.   Contact University of Minnesota Extension (888) 241-3214 or Minnesota Pork Board (507) 345-8814 for more information.