2014 Iowa Pork Congress to Feature ‘Free’ Seminar

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(CLIVE, Iowa) - Several educational business seminars and certification training sessions are being offered by the Iowa Pork Producers Association at the 2014 Iowa Pork Congress.

The event is being held Jan. 22 and 23 at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines and all of the educational opportunities are offered at no additional cost to registered participants.

Seminar topics include an update on what's happening in Washington, the latest on PEDV, an economic outlook, the Affordable Care Act and opportunities for new farmers. Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey will lead a discussion of the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy.

In addition to the seminars, hog farmers also can obtain or renew their certification in the industry's PQA Plus and TQA programs, and a certification session for confinement site manure applicators also is being offered.

The well-known farm advocate and radio and cable television personality Trent Loos returns to Pork Congress to provide an entertaining and interesting keynote address. His message will explore the importance of re-educating today's well educated but misinformed young mothers and other consumers about modern food production. The "Loos Tales" star will speak at 2 p.m. on Jan. 22.

The following is a complete schedule of seminars, training sessions and facilitators:

Wednesday, Jan. 22

Seminars

? Iowa Regulations & Nuisance Case Update

Eldon McAfee - Beving, Swanson & Forrest
          9:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
          Hy-Vee Hall, lower level, Rooms 105 & 106

? Washington Update: Will Dysfunctional Washington Ever Function?

          Jim Wiesemeyer - Informa Economics
          10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
          Hy-Vee Hall, lower level, rooms 107 & 108

 ? Understanding PEDv: Diagnostics, Impacts & Biosecurity!

 Dr. Rodger Main - ISU Veterinary Diagnostic Lab
           Dr. Rodney "Butch" Baker - Iowa State University
           Noon. - 1:45 p.m.
           Hy-Vee Hall, lower level, rooms 105 & 106

? "Tell that to the Crunchy Momma" - Keynote Presentation

                Trent Loos - Loos Tales
             2 p.m. - 3 p.m.
             Hy-Vee Hall, lower level, Rooms 107 & 108 

? Managing the Margin: Economic Outlook

                Dr. Lee Schulz - Iowa State University
             3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
             Hy-Vee Hall, lower level, rooms 105 & 106  

 Training Sessions

? Pork Quality Assurance Plus Certification

                Dave Stender - Iowa State University
             10 a.m. - Noon
             Hy-Vee Hall, lower level, room 103

? Transport Quality Assurance Certification

                Tom Miller - Iowa State University
             1 p.m. - 3 p.m. 
             Hy-Vee Hall, lower level, Room 103

Thursday, Jan. 23

Seminars

? Strengthening Agriculture's Commitment to Water Quality: The Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy

              The Honorable Bill Northey - Iowa Sec. of Ag
              Dr. John Lawrence - Iowa State University
              Matt Lechtenberg - IDALS
              9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
              Hy-Vee Hall, lower level, rooms 107 & 108

? Food Safety & Antibiotics: Perceptions vs. Reality

                Richard Raymond, M.D.
             10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
             Hy-Vee Hall, lower level, rooms 105 & 106

? Employee Care Assistance & The Affordable Care Act

                Jim Lummus - National Pork Board
            Joseph Folsom - U.S. Small Business Admin.
                11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
            Hy-Vee Hall, lower level, rooms 107 & 108

? Connecting the Dots: Animal Health, Well-Being & Productivity   

                Dr. John Deen - University of Minnesota
            1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
            Hy-Vee Hall, lower level, rooms 105 & 106

? Farm Transitions & Beginning Farmer Opportunities

                David Baker - ISU Beginning Farmer Center
            2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
            Hy-Vee Hall, lower level, rooms 107 & 108

Training Sessions

? Confinement Site Manure Applicator Certification

                Jeff Prier - Iowa DNR
            Angela Rieck-Hinz - Iowa State University
            10 a.m. - Noon
            Hy-Vee Hall, lower level, room 103

? Social Media Training

                Cathy Lee Fredrickson - Integer Group
            1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
            Hy-Vee Hall, lower level, room 103

All seminars and training sessions are held in the lower level of Hy-Vee Hall at the Iowa Events Center. Seminars are funded by the Pork Checkoff!

The Iowa Pork Congress is open to all pork producers, allied business partners and others involved in the pork industry. Show hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Jan. 22 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Jan. 23.

Admission at the door is $10.

For more information, contact the Iowa Pork Producers Association at (515) 225-7675, (800) 372-7675 or visit www.iowaporkcongress.org.

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