Iowa pork producers are invited to learn more about pig comfort, energy efficiency and producer profits at the 2010 Iowa Pork Regional Conferences scheduled for early March. The Iowa Pork Industry Center (IPIC), Iowa Pork Producers Association (IPPA) and Iowa State University (ISU) Extension cosponsor this annual series at different sites around the state.
IPIC extension program specialist Colin Johnson said that while the conference will offer information for owners and operators, others in the industry can benefit from attending.
"This is a conference that will offer a lot of useful information for lots of folks," he said. "Veterinarians, swine industry stakeholders, production employees and contract growers all will find knowledge they can use."
Johnson said Mike Brumm, from Brumm Swine Consultancy Inc., will speak on two topics: ventilation and energy use on the farm.
"Mike's presentation, 'The Dufus Factor at Work: Common Ventilation Mistakes' is sure to hit home with many producers," Johnson said. "In it he'll share some of the more common errors he sees and offer solutions and advice on correctly setting ventilation controllers and inlets. He'll also show attendees how to measure and evaluate on-farm energy usage and give suggestions on lowering energy usage while saving money."
Other speakers are local ISU Extension swine field specialists and a representative from Consumers Energy. That company currently is part of a partnership with IPPA, Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, ISU and other agriculture groups that's helping evaluate on-farm energy use and reduce the cost of whole-farm energy audits for producers.
Traditionally, this conference series has been held in February. This year's dates of March 9-12 should better fit producer schedules and the session time of 1 to 4:30 p.m. allows for more daytime travel. There is no cost for those preregistered at least two business days prior to each location date. Walk-in registration is $5 per person, payable at the door. More information, including a link to the program brochure, is available on the IPIC Web site at www.ipic.iastate.edu/events.html To preregister, people should call IPPA at (800) 372-7675 or (515) 225-7675.
Program dates and locations are as follows.
* Tuesday, March 9, Sheldon, Northwest Iowa Community College, 603 West Park Street, Building C Auditorium.
* Wednesday, March 10, Carroll, Carrollton Inn, 1730 Hwy. 71 N.
* Thursday, March 11, Nashua, Borlaug Learning Center, 3327 290th St.
* Friday, March 12, Ainsworth, Marr Park, Hwy. 92
IPIC was established in 1994 as a coordinated effort of the colleges of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine at ISU. Its mission is to promote efficient pork production technologies in Iowa, maintain Iowa's pork industry leadership and strengthen rural development efforts. IPIC focuses its efforts on programs that are integral and complementary to ISU Extension. Through IPIC, Iowa producers receive accurate and timely information to make their operations more efficient and profitable.