The Iowa Pork Congress is slated for Jan. 28-29, 2009 at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines, IA. On Jan. 27, the Iowa Pork Producers Association holds its annual meeting.

Presentations Jan. 28 include:

Producing Pork with Employee and Public Health in Mind with Kelly Donham, professor of Occupational and Environmental Health at the University of Iowa, and Risto Rautiainen, deputy director for the Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health;

Iowa Environmental Regulations and Nuisance Case Update with Eldon McAfee of Beving, Swanson and Forrest, Des Moines;
Calculating Production Costs to Determine Your Bottom Line with John Mabry of Iowa State University;

An Introduction to Swine Necropsy with Alex Ramirez, DVM, Iowa State University; and

Measuring and Controlling Energy Costs with Mike Brumm of Brumm Swine Consultancy.

Presentations Jan. 29 include:

Sow Housing and Animal Well-Being with Anna Johnson and Suzanne Millman, Iowa State University;

Managing Inputs and Marketing: Where Do We Go from Here? with Steve Meyer, president of Paragon Economics;

Hogs for Hens: Improving Aesthetics of Your Operation with Dave VanWaus of Iowa Pheasants Forever;

Virtual Tour of Niche Pork Production facilities with Dave Stender, Iowa State University Extension;

Keys to Successful Employee Management with a human resources panel; and

Mortality Composting and Emergency Planning with Tom Glanville, Iowa State University.

For more information, call (800) 372-7675, (515) 225-7675 or click on www.iowaporkcongress.org.