US: Iowa Pork regional conferences to kick off in March

08-02-2012 | |

Iowa pork producers are invited to learn more about pig health and growth numbers, and get updates on ventilation management and disease research projects at the 2012 Iowa Pork Regional Conferences scheduled for March 6 – 9.

The Iowa Pork Industry Center (IPIC), Iowa Pork Producers Association (IPPA), and Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach cosponsor this annual series at four sites around the state.
IPIC extension program specialist Colin Johnson said the conference will offer information for owners, operators, and others in the industry.
“This year’s conference will offer a lot of useful information for lots of folks,” he said. “Veterinarians, swine industry stakeholders, production employees, and contract growers all will find knowledge they can use.”
Johnson said Eldon McAfee, attorney for Beving, Swanson & Forrest P.C., will speak on two topics: “Regulatory, Environmental & Nuisance Case Update” and “Protecting Yourself through Contracts and Liens.”
“Eldon will present practical aspects of compliance with the Iowa DNR regulations along with ways to protect our environment,” Johnson said. “He’ll also cover the need for producers to better understand contracts and liens to help protect their businesses.”
Speakers Eric Burrough and Rodger Main of the ISU Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory will talk about the re-emergence of swine dysentery, and ISU Extension swine program specialists will present information on the importance of detailed and accurate records through the production chain. From benchmarking performance to improving efficiencies, good recordkeeping skills and practices are vital to today’s producers.
All sessions run from 1 to 4:30 p.m. There is no cost for those preregistered at least two business days prior to each location date. Walk-in registration is $5 per person, payable at the door. More information, including a link to the program brochure, is available on the IPIC website, click here (PDF).
To preregister – Tel: 800-372-7675 or 515-225-7675 or email
Program dates and locations are as follows.
* Tuesday, March 6, Carroll, Carroll County Extension Office, 1205 West U.S. Hwy 30, Suite G  
* Wednesday, March 7, Sheldon, Northwest Iowa Community College, 603 West Park Street, Building A, Room 119
* Thursday, March 8, Nashua, Borlaug Learning Center, 3327 290th St.
* Friday, March 9, Iowa City, Johnson County Extension Office, 3109 Old Hwy. 218 S.