Program

Thursday, June 24, 2021Print the program

7:30 AM

Registration opens

Plenary session
Session chair: Stacie Matchan, extension program specialist, Iowa Pork Industry Center, Iowa State University
8:30 AM

WelcomeDr. Daniel Robison, endowed dean's chair and director, Experiment Station, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Iowa State University, Ames, IA

8:45 AM

See around corners: Foresight and resilience in the decade aheadBob Treadway, futurist, Treadway & Associates, Inc., San Diego, CA

Futurist Bob Treadway shares techniques, methods of thinking, and best practices to see ahead and build strategy for your organizations. He’ll show how to look at a longer- term vision, think effectively about what’s coming, and make sense of the uncertainty and volatility that lies ahead. Bob will use insights and examples from decades of working with agriculture clients and recent work with the Iowa Pork Industry Center to forecast challenges and opportunities that are likely on the path to 2030.

9:30 AM

Lessons learned from covid-19 and how to build resilience for the pork production supply chainDr. Brad Freking, CEO and owner, New Fashion Pork, Jackson, MN; Chad Hastad, New Fashion Pork, Jackson, MN

COVID-19 had a remarkable impact on pork producers across the globe and presented some of the most challenging times our industry has faced. This presentation is focused on the lessons learned during 2020 and how they can be used to build a more resilient pork production supply chain for the future.

10:15 AM

Break

10:45 AM

Proposition 12 and associated perceptions from activists and industry response to legislationDr. Hyatt Frobose, USA commercial director, JYGA Technologies, Inc., Garnett, KS

Join Dr. Frobose as he explains the background of legislative actions such as CA Prop 12 and others and how the industry is responding to those challenges. Dr. Frobose will use real-world examples to showcase how facilities can adapt to Prop 12 standards and the slat-level management changes that must occur in order for farms to successfully implement new animal welfare standards while maintaining farm level productivity.

11:30 AM

Discovery and innovation: Foundations of industry advancementDr. Jason Ross, professor, Animal Science and director, Iowa Pork Industry Center, Iowa State University, Ames, IA

The U.S. swine industry has made incredible progress in the past 50 years with respect to the quantity and efficiency of pork production. Many discoveries and innovations have made this improvement possible. This discussion will emphasize the fundamentals of discovery and innovation needed to enable the pork industry to continue achieving sustainable growth to meet the growing global demand for animal protein.

Lunch and student luncheon
12:15 PM

BBQ Lunch - provided by TechMix, AB Vista and Lynch Livestock

Serving lines and seating area are outdoors in the tent area south of the Scheman Building.

12:15 PM

Student luncheon

A students-only luncheon and presentation sponsored by the Iowa Pork Producers Association. Students should go through the serving line in the tent area then take their meal back to 175-179 Scheman. The luncheon presentation will be in 175-179 Scheman and start approximately 12:40 pm.

Student luncheon presentationSinikka Waugh, president and chief executive officer, Your Clear Next Step

Customized for the swine-focused students, this luncheon will highlight critical communication tools and techniques as well as introduce three principles of effective communication that students can use in school on their project teams, interviewing, and beginning new workplace interactions. This session will be interactive!

Concurrent session A – Core components of sustainable pork production
Session chair:
1:45 PM

Managing through packer relations and price discoveries: Past, current and futureMike Porth, chief operating officer, Partners for Production Agriculture, Ames, IA

In past 3-4 years we've seen new plants come on to the scene, ASF in China, COVID-19, and Force Majeure impacting volatile markets during this same timeline. What's to come as we move forward.

2:30 PM

Sustainability in the pork industryDr. Brett Kaysen, vice president, sustainability, National Pork Board

3:15 PM

Personnel management, engagementDr. Robert Hagevoort, associate professor, Animal Sciences and Natural Resources, New Mexico State University, Clovis, NM

4:00 PM

Conference adjourns

Concurrent session B – Foreign animal disease preparation
Session chair:
1:45 PM

Feed biosecurity and how it relates to FADDr. Scott Dee, veterinarian and director of applied research, Pipestone Veterinary Services, Pipestone, MN

This talk will discuss the science of feed and feed ingredients as vehicles for the domestic and transboundary movement of viral pathogens, data on mitigation strategies to reduce this risk as well as the US and Global response to this new area of science.

2:30 PM

Experience with euthanasia, carcass disposal and grindingDr. Mark FitzSimmons, veterinarian

3:15 PM

Boots on the ground experience of ASF and what to expect here in the U.S.Dr. Keith Erlandson, senior technical services veterinarian, Zoetis, Alta, IA

The presentation will cover experiences with the ASF outbreak in China, including the clinical presentation of the disease, epidemiology and biosecurity. We will also explore what may happen in North America were ASF to be introduced on the continent.

4:00 PM

Conference adjourns

Concurrent session C – Practical barn level operation
Session chair:
1:45 PM

Our multi-cultural team: What works, what we struggle with, and why it’s all worth itDianne Bettin, human resources manager and controller, LB Pork, Inc., Truman, MN

A quality and reliable labor force is one of the biggest road blocks faced by our industry today. This session will discuss the different visa’s utilized at LB Pork and how they work, the pros and cons to working with foreign labor, and what we need for legislation to insure we have access to a quality work force.

2:30 PM

The producer-rendering industry relationshipDr. David Meeker, senior vice president, scientific services, North American Renderers Association, Alexandria, VA

Dr. Meeker will describe the rendering industry in the U.S. Rendering greatly increases the sustainability of meat production by utilizing every part that is not human food. Rendering provides safe and economical proteins and fats for animal feed and pet food as well as biofuel feedstocks and other uses. In addition, producers in Iowa have good access to deadstock services which can and should be done in a biosecure manner to protect herd health.

3:15 PM

Drinking water in wean-to-finish: Is it part of the problem or part of the solution?Dr. John Patience, professor emeritus, Animal Science, Iowa State University

Join John in a very practical look at the whole topic of drinking water for pigs. He will pinpoint where problems might be occurring in the barn and what can be done about them. He will also talk about water quality. How do you know if you have a quality problem and what water treatment options are available? He will talk about the challenges of delivering medication through the water and also discuss biofilm accumulation in water lines and what it means to you.

4:00 PM

Conference adjourns

Concurrent session D – What’s new in research at Iowa State University?
Session chair:
1:45 PM

From weaning to lactation: Improving sow reproduction and longevity through nutritionDr. Laura Greiner, assistant professor, Animal Science, Iowa State University, Ames, IA

In this discussion, we will explore a deeper understanding of current vitamin and mineral status of our developing gilt along with nutritional approaches to improve joint health prior to breeding. In addition, we will discuss some new research in which we explore the mammary system and how this may play an important role in piglet survivability and potentially gilt development.

2:30 PM

Recent findings on PRRS virus monitoring, control, and prevention. How we move the needle?Dr. Gustavo Silva, assistant professor, Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine, Iowa State University, Ames, IA

3:15 PM

Pondering pig poop, and possibilitiesDr. Daniel Andersen, associate professor, Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, Iowa State University, Ames, IA

Dr. Andersen will discuss basic manure management, dive into possibilities to up your nutrient utilization approaches, discuss anaerobic digestion and what it could mean for your farm, and look at how manure impacts soil health and sustainability.

4:00 PM

Conference adjourns