The deadline to receive the discounted registration fee of $50 to Iowa Swine Day is June 17th; thereafter, the fee rises to $75. The registration fee includes entry to all sessions, a continental breakfast and pork lunch. Iowa Swine Day takes place on June 29th in Ames.
Students may register at no cost until June 17th, after which their registration fee will increase to $45.
A new feature this year, sponsored by the Iowa Pork Producers Association, is a free noon luncheon specifically for students. Dr. Joe Schwarcz from prestigious McGill University in Montreal, Canada, will discuss “Sense, nonsense and science.” He will explore how science is used, and sometimes abused and misused in our day-to-day lives. Students of all ages are welcome, including high school, college and university.
This will be the 6th annual Iowa Swine Day. It is expected that about 500 pork producers, as well as people working in the pork industry, will be in attendance. As in past years, there will be a plenary session in the morning, and 3 concurrent sessions in the afternoon. Mark Greenwood, Senior Vice-President at AgStar Financial Services, Dr. Dhamu Thamodaran, Executive Vice-President and Chief Commodity Hedging Officer at Smithfield Foods and Bruce Vincent, Executive Director of Provider Pals are included in the plenary session. Dr. Joe Schwarcz will also speak in the plenary session on the topic of “Countering misperceptions about the use of science in meat production.”
Afternoon sessions will consider such topics as: gene editing in animal agriculture; an update on PRRS, PED and Seneca virus; a discussion on how implementation of the new VFDs is progressing; and challenges and emerging needs for the next generation of swine production facilities. The program will also consider pig nutrition and water quality, and margins that every producer should have. One concurrent session will be devoted to new research results at Iowa State University, and will include such topics as: changes in labelling of processed meats; the impact of lipid peroxidation impacts on pig performance; biosecurity and risk assessment; and heat stress. In total, there will be 12 afternoon presentations for attendees to choose from, in addition to the morning plenary session.
Following Iowa Swine Day, a barbecue will be held featuring food from Smoky D’s, and a very special guest speaker, Steve Prohm, head basketball coach at Iowa State University.
Iowa Swine Day is jointly organized by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, including its Extension and Outreach office, the Iowa Pork Industry Center at Iowa State University and the Iowa Pork Producers Association. It will be held on June 29th in the Scheman Building on the Iowa State Center, with check-in and onsite registration beginning at 7:30 a.m. The first session will start at 9:00 a.m. The full schedule, sponsor list and registration information is available by clicking here.