Iowa Pork Regional Conference to Offer Educational Insight

Pork conferences will focus on health, water, economics and people information

February 8, 2021, 7:45 am | Sherry Hoyer

AMES, Iowa – The annual series of Iowa Pork Regional Conferences has been a long-standing partnership of the Iowa Pork Producers Association, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the Iowa Pork Industry Center.

The shared goal of bringing research and education to the field continues with this year's program, topics and speakers. Four sessions are scheduled during the week of Feb. 15, all at different locations and running from 1-4:30 p.m. More details are available in the series brochure.

Speakers and topics

  • John Patience, an Iowa State University professor of animal science, will discuss the central role of water and water quality in swine production.
  • IPIC Associate Director Chris Rademacher, clinical professor for veterinary diagnostic and production animal medicine and extension swine veterinarian at Iowa State University, will provide an update on current swine health issues and foreign animal disease preparedness activities.pork conference meeting.
  • Lee Schulz, associate professor in economics and livestock economist at Iowa State University, will talk about the many new economic tools for pork producers that became available or were updated in 2020.
  • Valerie Duttlinger, of Summit SmartFarms, will talk about the best ways to keep yourself and your employees focused on the business goals.
  • Swine specialists with ISU Extension and Outreach will review decision-making tools available to help you solve production problems and other issues on your pig farm.

Dates and locations

  • Monday, Feb. 15 – Orange City, ISU Extension and Outreach Sioux County office, 400 Central Ave. NW, Suite 700.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 16 – Osceola, Clarke County Fairgrounds Event Center, 2070 W. McLane St, Hwy. 34.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 17 – Waverly, Waverly Civic Center, 200 1st St. NE.
  • Thursday, Feb. 18 – Washington, ISU Extension and Outreach Washington County office, 2223 250th St.

All locations allow physical distancing. If weather or coronavirus conditions require cancellation, the conference sessions will be recorded and made available online.

Swine specialists will offer PQA Plus® training each morning from 9 a.m. to noon at that day’s regional conference site. These training sessions are sponsored by IPPA and are free for those who preregister.

Check-in begins at 12:30 p.m. at each location. Preregister for the conference and/or PQA training to ensure adequate materials are available. Register at, or by calling IPPA at 800-372-7675 or emailing


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