2017 Iowa Swine Day Set For June 29th

The sixth annual Iowa Swine Day will once again address current issues and opportunities facing pork producers with a line-up of topnotch speakers and topics. The event, scheduled for Thursday, June 29 on the Iowa State University campus in Ames, is planned and hosted by Iowa State University College of Agriculture, the Iowa Pork Industry Center and the Iowa Pork Producers Association.

Organizer John Patience, professor of animal science, said planners build upon the success of past programs by continuing to seek industry input. Patience has concluded from past years that the best approach to developing a program for the pork industry is to ask the industry for their thoughts on important topics and impactful speakers.

“For example, the morning plenary session features Dr. Joe Schwarcz of McGill University who will discuss misconceptions about the use of science in agriculture,” Patience said. “His presentations include a humorous twist, with the ultimate goal of bringing logic to the conversation about science in our day-to-day life. He’s the only non-American to win the American Chemical Society’s prestigious Grady-Stack Award for demystifying chemistry to the general public, so his talk will be entertaining as well as educational.”

Mark Greenwood will talk about the future state of the U.S. pork industry. As senior vice president at AgStar Financial Services, he will discuss how the new packing capacity on the horizon will afford producers both opportunities and challenges going forward. Dr. Dharmu Thamodaran, Executive Vice-President of Smithfield Foods, and Bruce Vincent, Executive Director of Provider Pals will round out the morning session.

12 presentations will be part of 3 concurrent sessions. Topics range from updates on PRRS, PEDv and Seneca Valley Virus, to progress in the implementation of the new VFDs, and from challenges and emerging needs of production facilities to diet changes in response to new restrictions on feed antibiotics.

Iowa Swine Day will be held in the Scheman Building on the Iowa State Center, with check-in and onsite registration beginning at 7:30 a.m., with the first session set for 9:00 a.m. Lunch and refreshments are included in the registration fee of $50 per person; this will increase after June 17 to $75, Students of all ages may register at no cost until June 17, with the registration increasing to $45 after that date.

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