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Pork Checkoff's Pork Academy Features Seminars at World Pork Expo

14 May 2013, at 8:58am

US - Pork producers should make plans now to attend the Pork Checkoff's Producer Opportunity for Revenue and Knowledge (PORK) Academy sessions on Wednesday, June 5, and Thursday, June 6, during the 25th anniversary of World Pork Expo June 5-7 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds, Des Moines.

"PORK Academy offers an outstanding lineup of leading experts who will address issues facing producers today," says David Ray, chair of the Checkoff's Producer and State Services Committee and a pork producer from Edenton, N.C. "These sessions will provide attendees with information to help operate their farms more effectively and to stay current on industry trends and challenges."

The 2013 PORK Academy seminar topics include:

Wednesday, June 5:
· Secure Pork Supply
· Feed Price Update and Feed Efficiency Drivers
· Protect, Prepare and Prevent: Securing Your Farm and Your Reputation
· Export Issues and World Markets

Thursday, June 6:
· Food Safety Analysis
· Swine Influenza
· Reproductive Decision Tree
· Industry Productivity Analysis
· Sow Housing

"Producers won't want to miss the Business Seminar Luncheon, sponsored by the Pork Checkoff, featuring a weather outlook from Elwynn Taylor of Iowa State University and an economic outlook from Steve Meyer of Paragon Economics. The popular and entertaining speakers always draw a packed crowd," Mr Ray adds.

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