A wide range of production topics are offered at the Minnesota Pork Congress, Jan. 21-22, 2009 at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

The program Jan. 21 features:

Custom Manure Applicators Workshop highlighted by:

Managing Ventilation during Agitation and Pumping with Mike Brumm of Brumm Swine Consultancy; and

Maximizing Manure with Effective Crop Rotations with Mike Evans of Christensen Farms.

Assessing Structural and Electrical Integrity of Hog Barns with Dwaine Bundy, agricultural engineer and professor emeritus, Iowa State University;

Evaluating the Economics of Swine Health and Disease Interventions with Derald Holtkamp, DVM, professor of applied economics, Iowa State University;

Assessing Market Outlook with Brian Buhr, professor of applied economics with the University of Minnesota;

Creating a Culture of Animal Care – Animal Handling and Stockmanship with Mark Whitney, University of Minnesota swine Extension educator;

Measuring and Managing Energy Expenses with Larry Jacobson, Extension agricultural engineer with the University of Minnesota and Mike Brumm, Brumm Swine Consultancy;

Evaluating Variations in Marketing with Dennis DiPietre, economist and swine consultant with KnowledgeVentures, LLC;

Readying Emergency Response for Animal Disasters with a quartet of speakers including Jay Moore with New Fashion Pork, Jackson, MN;

Preparing for Risks and Rewards of a Changing Global Marketplace with Dennis DiPietre, economist and swine consultant, KnowledgeVentures, LLC;

Controlling Feed Waste with Hans Stein, swine nutritionist, University of Illinois; and

Adopting Sow Culling Practices to Improve Quality and Productivity with John Deen, DVM, University of Minnesota.

For more information, go to www.mnpork.com/pork congress or call (507) 345-8814.