Sessions will be during annual World Pork Expo June 8-9
The Pork Checkoff’s Producer Opportunity for Revenue and Knowledge (PORK) Academy sessions will again be part of the World Pork Expo, with seminars held Wednesday, June 8, and Thursday, June 9, at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa. The annual sessions are designed to educate pig farmers on the latest trends in pork production.

“PORK Academy is a one-stop-shop where producers can hear first about the latest pork industry news from the top leading experts,” said James Coates, chair of the Pork Checkoff’s Producer and State Services Committee and a pork producer from Franklin, Kentucky. “The sessions allow attendees to learn more about upcoming initiatives and how Pork Checkoff dollars are being allocated. When pig farmers leave these sessions, they will go home with more knowledge and new ways to advance their operation.”

2016 PORK Academy seminars will be held at the Varied Industries Building, Room C. Following are the topics and schedule.

WEDNESDAY- JUNE 8
Varied Industries Building – Room C
 
9:15  – 10:00 a.m.
Changes on Antibiotic Usage

Dr. Sam Holst, Swine Vet Center
Richard Sellers, American Feed Industry Association
This session will provide an overview of regulatory changes for the responsible use of antibiotics for food animals and what it means on the farm.

10:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Cybersecurity
Lane Arthur, John Deere
As technology within the agriculture industry evolves at a rapid pace, producers need to be aware of their cyber security. Producers are at risk when they collect, process and store confidential information on computers, then transmit that data across networks to other computers. This presentation will cover topics to inform producers about cyber security and how to protect themselves.

11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.           
Common Swine Industry Audit – Producer Perspectives and Resources
Emily Erickson, New Fashion Pork  
David Bently, Bently Farms
As packers have begun implementing on-farm audit programs for their suppliers, the National Pork Board has facilitated the development of the Common Swine Industry Audit to reduce the burden on producers and to build audit process clarification across the industry. This session will highlight progress of the Common Swine Industry Audit, provide an opportunity for producers to ask questions of their peers who have experienced a third-party audit and share resources available for producers to use in preparing for an audit.

1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Understanding the Biology of Seasonal Infertility to Develop Mitigation Strategies for Swine
Jason Ross, Iowa State University
Reduced productivity in the breeding herd following summer heat stress results in a 17 percent reduction in litters annually. However, producers have few tools to combat this problem. Research will be presented to detail the underlying biology related to the effects of heat stress on reproduction and may lead to mitigation strategies to reduce the impact on productivity.

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Changes on Antibiotic Usage
Dr. Sam Holst, Swine Vet Center
Richard Sellers, American Feed Industry Association
This session will provide an overview of regulatory changes for the responsible use of antibiotics for food animals and what it means on the farm.

THURSDAY- JUNE 9, 2016
Varied Industries Building – Room C

9:15 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Changes on Antibiotic Usage
Dr. Sam Holst, Swine Vet Center
Richard Sellers, American Feed Industry Association
This session will provide an overview of regulatory changes for the responsible use of antibiotics for food animals and what it means on the farm.

10:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Three Essential Steps to avoid Health, Safety and Environmental Disasters
Karen Hoare, National Pork Board
This session will highlight concerns on health, safety or environmental events and will introduce National Pork Board tools and initiatives to prevent injuries and environmental problems.

11:15 p.m. – 12:00 p.m.           
What Would the Grill Say? – Checkoff Consumer Campaign
Ceci Snyder, National Pork Board
Come hear from The Grill and his neighbor friend, Gloria, as Snyder shares the summer Pork Checkoff consumer campaign, What Would The Grill Say?  She will share up-to-date results and measures of consumer response.

1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
U.S. Exports and International Trade
Becca Nepple, National Pork Board
Dermot Hayes, Iowa State University
Learn about U.S. pork export markets and get insight into world economics and the growing opportunity for global trade.

2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Changes on Antibiotic Usage
Dr. Sam Holst, Swine Vet Center
Richard Sellers, American Feed Industry Association
This session will provide an overview of regulatory changes for the responsible use of antibiotics for food animals and what it means on the farm.

For more information about Pork Checkoff-sponsored events and activities at World Pork Expo, call the Pork Checkoff Service Center at (800) 456-7675. For information about other World Pork Expo activities, visit www.worldpork.org.

Producers Encouraged to Attend PORK Academy Seminars