Registration is now open for distance education program that targets the grow-to-finish segment of the pork industry.
Since 2005, the distance educational series PorkBridge has provided relevant and accurate information for those who own, manage or work in swine grow-finish facilities. The program offers participants six opportunities each year to hear from industry experts on topics relevant to those who are involved in grow-finish operations.
Kansas State University is one of 11 collaborating universities that developed and make the PorkBridge educational program possible. The program kicks off its 2019 session on February 7. Registration for the program is due Jan. 15, 2019, to ensure participants receive materials in time for the first session. A registration form is available at
Joel DeRouchey, Kansas State University animal science professor and extension swine specialist, said, “Producers and others in the industry can get the information they need without the hassle of traveling or giving up an entire day to attend a meeting. PorkBridge participants can take part where it works best for them whether at home, in an office or in the swine unit. And all can listen later to the audio we record of each live session.”
In its 14th year, PorkBridge session information is provided through electronic materials and live speaker presentation via teleconference. This program takes place every-other-month for a total of six times during each program year. About a week before each session, participants receive a web link to download the session’s presentation and any additional information provided by the presenter. Participants call in for the audio portion of each session and follow along with their own copy of the presentation on their computer or other device. There is also an option to request the electronic materials be mailed via CD.
DeRouchey explains there’s an added incentive to participate this year. “We’ve lowered the registration price to $100 for the entire series and feel that the information provided is seen as high value for the program cost.”
As in the past, each subsequent registration from the same entity is half the cost — $50. Each registration provides access to one phone line per session and all program materials for each registration, including audio recordings of the live session. Potential subscribers from outside the U.S. are encouraged to contact Sherry Hoyer, Iowa Pork Industry Center (IPIC), at 515-294-4496 or for more information.
The sessions start at 11:30 a.m. CST and last about 60 minutes. Session dates, speakers and their industry affiliations are:
  • Feb. 7 – Patrick Webb, National Pork Board: “Foreign Animal Disease Awareness”
  • April 4 – Melissa Wilson, University of Minnesota: “Current Manure Value: Getting the Most from Manure”
  • May 30 – Jesse McCoy, Neogen: “Water Quality Considerations”
  • Aug. 1 – Dusty Compart and Chris Murphy, Compeer Financial: “Contract Growing: The In’s and Out’s”
  • Oct. 3 – Brett Ramirez, Iowa State University: “Controlling Barn Environment”
  • Dec. 5 – Max Rodibaugh, AMVC: “Timely Intervention of Sick Pigs”
More information including session dates, topics, speakers and registration information is available online at For more information, contact Hoyer at 515-294-4496 or or DeRouchey at or 785-532-2280.
Original release Jan. 3, KSU Department of Animal Sciences & Industry
PorkBridge Educational Program Begins in February