The 37th annual Leman Swine Conference Sept. 18-21, 2010 at RiverCentre in St. Paul, MN, offers a host of new features. There’s a Saturday night river cruise and dinner, distinguished lecture and master pass.

The distinguished lecture, “Bringing Prosperity to the Smallholder African Farmer Through Livestock,” will be presented by Gregg BeVier, DVM, senior program officer with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The Saturday night river cruise and dinner on the Jonathon Padelford boat down the Mississippi River runs from 6-9 p.m. and costs $25/person.

With master pass, participants can attend the main conference with their choice of four preconference workshops for one standard price.

The conference includes two full days of presentations and seminars covering swine diseases, production and consumer issues, trade show exhibits and scientific poster presentations. Keynote sessions will include:

  • A Wall Street View of the Protein Markets presented by Farha Aslam, managing director, Stephens, Inc.
  • Elimination of Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome Virus from North America: United the Clans! presented by Scott Dee, DVM, University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine
  • How Do We Feed a Growing World Without Destroying the Planet? presented by Jon Foley, director of the University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment
  • Where Has All of the Research Gone? Presented by Mike Tokach, Kansas State University Department of Animal Sciences and Industry.

For more information, go to http://www.lemanswineconference.org.