Iowa Pork Congress featuring seminars, training sessions
CLIVE — Several educational business seminars and certification training sessions are being offered by the Iowa Pork Producers Association at the 2014 Iowa Pork Congress Wednesday and Thursday at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines.
All of the educational opportunities are offered at no additional cost to registered participants.
Seminar topics include an update on what’s happening in Washington, the latest on PEDV, an economic outlook, the Affordable Care Act and opportunities for new farmers. Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey will lead a discussion of the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy.
In addition to the seminars, hog farmers also can obtain or renew their certification in the industry’s PQA Plus and TQA programs, and a certification session for confinement site manure applicators also is being offered. All seminars and training sessions are held in the lower level of Hy-Vee Hall at the Iowa Events Center. Seminars are funded by the Pork Checkoff.
Well-known farm advocate and radio and cable television personality Trent Loos returns to Pork Congress to provide an entertaining and interesting keynote address. His message will explore the importance of re-educating today’s well-educated, but misinformed young mothers and other consumers about modern food production. The “Loos Tales” star will speak at 2 p.m. Wednesday.
The Iowa Pork Congress is open to all pork producers, allied business partners and others involved in the pork industry. Show hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday.
Admission at the door is $10.
For more information, contact the Iowa Pork Producers Association at 515-225-7675, 800-372-7675 or visit www.iowaporkcongress.org.