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Seminar Especially for Starters

by 5m Editor
7 March 2008, at 11:00am

IOWA - A seminar designed to educate new or aspiring hog farmers about the pork industry will be held this spring in Ames.

Titled, 'Exploring Opportunities', the conference format is designed for those about to embark on pig production or who have started a new role in the industry.

This is the first event of its kind and is being sponsored by the Iowa Pork Producers Association, Iowa State University's Iowa Pork Industry Center (IPIC), the Beginning Farmer Center, and Farm Credit Services of America.

"We're excited to present this conference and give farmers who are considering raising hogs insight into the industry, what they need to know and how they can get started," said Colin Johnson, extension program specialist at the Iowa Pork Industry Center.

Participants will be able to hear from several key presenters about a variety of important topics relative to starting a hog business. ISU economist John Lawrence will provide an overview of the pork industry and talk about opportunities and sustainability.

Gary Thome from Riverland Community College will discuss contract finishing and Dave Stender from ISU and Gary Huber of Practical Farmers of Iowa will present information on raising hogs for niche markets in a couple of morning breakout sessions.

The conference will be held at Quality Inn and Suites on east 13th street in Ames. Registration will begin at 9.30pm and proceedings will run to 3.30pm Cost is US$20 per person.

For morn information www.IowaPork

5m Editor