June 29, 2017

Scheman Building, Ames, Iowa

The sixth annual Iowa Swine Day, scheduled for Thursday, June 29, on the Iowa State University campus in Ames, has a program packed with highly regarded speakers focusing on important issues facing U.S. pork producers. Conference organizers build upon the success of past programs by continuing to seek industry input from the planning committee. The success of past conferences has shown that the best approach to developing a program for the pork industry is to seek input from producers representing a cross section of the industry. Last year's conference drew over 450 attendees.

Plenary session

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

Mark Greenwood, senior vice president at AgStar Financial Services, will discuss the future state of the U.S. pork industry. He will discuss how the new packing capacity on the horizon will afford producers both opportunities and challenges going forward?

Dr. Dhamu Thamodaran, executive vice president, Smithfield Foods, will present a review of commodity trends globally and consumer trends nationally.

Rounding out the morning program is Bruce Vincent, executive director, Provider Pals, with a presentation about understanding society's concerns about environmental issues and animal husbandry issues and how that is critical in positively engaging that public body.

Concurrent sessions

Following lunch, 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. Check out program listings for topic descriptions and speaker details.

Continuing education

Iowa Swine Day has been approved by the Iowa Board of Veterinary Medicine for 6 scientific and 4.25 management credits. Certificates of attendance will be provided upon request for those self-applying for continuing education credits through other organizations or agencies.

Tasty way to end the day

Following the day’s program, attendees are invited to a barbecue in the Iowa State Center courtyard, organized by TechMix and AB Vista. Attendees won’t want to miss it this relaxing and tasty end to the day. Catering and BBQ will be provided by Smokey D’s of Des Moines, Iowa. Smokey D's is currently ranked sixth in the U.S. out of more than 4,000 competition barbecue teams. They are the only team to win all four barbecue major contests on the Kansas City Barbecue Society circuit, accomplishing that feat in 2016.

Iowa Swine Day is planned and hosted by the Iowa Pork Industry Center with support from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Iowa State University Department of Animal Science, and the Iowa Pork Producers Association.


Iowa State University appreciates the generous support and assistance of the sponsors listed below. Their ongoing support helps provide quality educational programs that benefit the pork industry.

[updated June 20, 2017]




  • AB Vista
  • ADM
  • APC, Inc.
  • Boehringer-Ingelheim Vetmedica
  • Ceva Animal Health
  • CIH - Commodity & Ingredient Hedging, LLC
  • CJ America
  • DSM Nutritional Products
  • Elanco
  • Gold-Eagle Cooperative
  • Hamlet Protein
  • Hog Slat
  • Hubbard Feeds
  • JBS United
  • Kemin Industries
  • Lucta USA
  • Micronutrients
  • National Pork Board
  • Nutraferma
  • Phytobiotics
  • Provimi
  • Purina Animal Nutrition
  • Smithfield
  • Val-Co
  • Vita Plus


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