At next week's World Pork Expo, producers should plan to stop at the Producers Opportunity for Revenue and Knowledge — or PORK Academy. The National Pork Board will present the free seminars for pork producers on Wednesday, June 3 through Friday, June 5 at 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," says Ron Schoo, chairman of NPB's producer services committee and a pork producer from New Um, Minn, "Access to accurate and timely information is vital to my operation, and the national pork checkoff is helping provide that through educational seminars like PORK Academy."

PORK Academy is a series of seminars designed to inform pork producers about current industry challenges. PORK Academy presents producers with a series of seminars that will benefit their operations. "The seminars are not only designed to provide  producers with  information they can use on their farms, but by hosting these seminars during World Pork Expo it gives producers time to explore other opportunities at World Pork Expo," said Schoo.

PORK Academy's seminars on Wednesday, June 3 will provide producers with information on swine diseases, biosecurity and environmental protection.

On Thursday, June 4, the seminars will focus on disaster preparedness, proper euthanasia techniques, energy costs, Hispanic labor in the pork industry, and feed management. Friday's topics include alternative feed ingredients and energy costs.  

Of specific interest to pork producers on Wednesday and Thursday, beginning at Noon, the Market Information Center, sponsored by Pork magazine, the National Pork Producers Council and the National Pork Board, will be an outlook session. It will provide producers with information on weather outlooks, expectations for future feed costs, and hog and pork economic outlooks. The NPB and the national pork checkoff program will provide lunch for participating producers.

The Pork Academy schedule is available at or by calling Sharlotte Peterson at (515) 223-2600.

In addition to PORK Academy, visit other NPB sponsored activities at World Pork Expo. Pork producers are invited to visit the pork checkoff hospitality tent and the booth in the Varied Industries Building to learn how the pork checkoff is focused on supporting producers.   

Source: National Pork Board