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PorkBridge 2009-2010 line-up announced

The distance educational series, PorkBridge, will begin its fourth year in March. Driven by popular demand, the PorkBridge 2009-2010 educational series features a new line-up of speakers and topics focused on the grow-finish segment of the pork production chain.

“PorkBridge provides relevant and accurate information on specific topics to people who own, manage or work in swine grow-finish facilities,” Iowa State University (ISU) Extension swine specialist Ken Stalder said. “Producers can get the information they need without the hassle of travelling or giving up a whole day to attend a meeting.”

Stalder, who also is the Iowa contact for PorkBridge, said the programme is provided through a unique delivery method. It combines electronic information viewed on computer with live oral presentations by topic experts via phone. The week before each session, subscribers receive a CD containing that session's topic-specific presentation and additional information. Each session is 90 minutes, beginning at noon Central time.

"The cost for participating in this subscription-only series is $125, the same as last year," Stalder said. "This covers materials and phone calls for all six sessions, which are scheduled on an every other month basis from March 2009 through January 2010. People need to enrol by February 20, 2009 in order to participate in the first session on March 5, 2009.”

An informational brochure with subscription information is available on the IPIC Website 
 

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