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Pig Cents Program for Pork Producers Facing Economic Difficulties

Note to media editors: This program is free, but people are asked to preregister soon to assure adequate materials for attendees.


ANAMOSA, Iowa -- Continuing poor economic conditions can mean difficult decisions for pork producers, and many are looking for information as they make those choices in their operations. Iowa State University (ISU) Extension swine field specialists Larry McMullen, Tom Miller, Terry Steinhart and Mark Storlie are coordinating the program, “Pig Cents for the Future” to help provide this information, assistance and resources to producers. The programs are sponsored by ISU Extension, Iowa Pork Producers Association (IPPA) and Iowa Pork Industry Center (IPIC.)


The same information will be presented on two dates in different locations: Sept. 9 at Montgomery Hall on the Johnson County Fairgrounds in Iowa City, and Sept. 10 at the Manchester Community Center, 200 East Acers St., in Manchester. Both meetings will run from 1 to 4 p.m.


Although there is no fee to attend, people are asked to preregister to ensure there are adequate numbers of materials. For more information or to preregister, call McMullen at (319) 462-2791 or e-mail him at lkmcmull@iastate.edu. A brochure describing the program in more detail is available at www.ipic.iastate.edu.  Also, producers interested in having a feed particle analysis done should ask McMullen about that when they preregister.


“We realize it’s important for producers to receive accurate and appropriate information,” McMullen said. “This information and the expert speakers will provide timely resources in several areas.”


Each program begins with remarks from ISU ag economist John Lawrence, followed by two one-hour workshop sessions. Attendees will rank their choices of six options on the preregistration form. After a short break, there will be a question and answer roundtable with all presenters.


Workshop session topics and speakers are:

  • Calculating margins using Crush/Profit Tracker: Lawrence and ISU Extension program specialist Shane Ellis
  • Case studies and legal issues with contract feeding: Erin Herbold, staff attorney with the ISU Center for Agricultural Law and Taxation
  • Contract issues and options: Eldon McAfee, attorney for IPPA
  • Improving production efficiencies: John Mabry, IPIC director
  • Considerations for joining a pig supply network and pricing structures: Lawrence
  • Value of manure in an operation, with and without pigs: ISU Extension program specialists Greg Brenneman and Jim Jensen

Those who want to attend should preregister as soon as possible by contacting McMullen.



Contacts :

Larry McMullen, Jones County Extension, lkmcmull@iastate.edu, (319) 462-2791

Sherry Hoyer, Iowa Pork Industry Center, shoyer@iastate.edu, (515) 294-4496