The Conference Agenda

Conference At-A-Glance Wednesday, September 4

8:00 am - 8:00 pm: Trade Show setup — Expo Hall
9:00 am - 4:30 pm: Midwest Swine Nutrition Conference — Omni North Hotel
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm: Exhibitor Dinner — Expo Hall

Thursday, September 5

8:30 am - 9:00 am: Registration — Blue Ribbon Pavilion
8:45 am - 12:05 pm: Welcome & Professional Development Seminars — Blue Ribbon Pavilion
11:30 am - 12:15 pm: Trade Show Registration — Expo Hall
12:15 pm - 2:00 pm: Lunch and Trade Show — Expo Hall
12:15 pm - 5:00 pm: Trade Show open — Expo Hall
5:00 pm - 5:30 pm: Bar Reception — Expo Hall
5:30 pm - 6:00 pm: Keynote Speaker, Hugues Rinfret, SunTrust Bank, Atlanta, GA: “Global Competitiveness and World Production Capacity” — Expo Hall
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm: Reception

Friday, September 6

8:00 am - 8:30 am: Registration — Blue Ribbon Pavilion
8:30 am - 11:45 am: Professional Development Seminars — Blue Ribbon Pavilion
11:15 am - 11:45 am: Trade Show Registration — Expo Hall
11:45 am - 12:05 pm: Keynote Speaker: “What is Happening in the Canadian Market and Where Will They Be in 3-5 Years” — Expo Hall
11:45 am - 2:00 pm: Lunch — Expo Hall
12:15 pm - 4:00 pm: Trade Show Open — Expo Hall

Thursday, September 5, 2002

“Finishing Day”

8:45 am: Welcome
9:00 am - 12:05 pm: Professional Development Seminars

9:00 am - 9:50 am
“World Production Capacity Update on Production Trends” (T1)
Speaker: Hugues Rinfret, CFA, Sr. Industry Analyst, SunTrust Bank, Atlanta, GA.

“10 Things I Did in 1998 to Reduce My Production Expenses” (T2)
A panel of producers will discuss how they reduced production expenses to combat a down-turned market.

“There's a New Sheriff in Town — Food Safety Issues Come To the Farm” (T3)
Food safety issues as they relate to the packer and on the farm.
Speaker: Russ Yearwood, Indiana Packers Corp., Delphi, IN

9:50 am - 10:05 am: Networking Break
10:05 am - 10:55 am: “Human Resource Issues” (T2)
Producer panel will give ideas on keeping your team together during pressured economic times, and addresses other employee management issues.

“What Happens if Antimicrobials are Banned? — Antibiotic Alternatives” (T2)
Dr. Hans Stein will discuss the serious issue of what alternatives producers have if antimicrobials are banned.
Speaker: Hans Stein, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Animal Sciences, South Dakota State University.

“Maximizing Your Contract Income: SOP's for Contractors and Growers” (T3)
Alan will show you how incorporating standard operating procedures can help you get the most from your contract.
Speaker: Alan Evers, Swine Grow Out Manager, Cooper Farms, Ft. Recovery, OH.

10:55 am - 11:10 am: Networking Break

11:10 am - 12:05 pm
“10 Strategies to Help You Thrive in the New Era of Regulations” (Animal Care) (T1)
Panelists will discuss animal welfare, air regulations and traceability Speaker: Don Buhl, Producer, Tyler, MN.

“How to Build a Fence Around My Equity: Protecting My Assets in Today's Business Environment” (T2)
A discussion of steps you can take to protect your assets.
Speaker: Gary L. Chapman, Bose, McKinney & Evans, LLP, Indianapolis, IN.

“Resolving Employee Conflicts” (T3)
Resolving conflicts with co-workers and employees can be overwhelming, but can be accomplished when we understand the basic nature of conflict and some simple procedures for intervention. This session will help employees and their employers identify the most common causes of conflict, and learn a simple, three-step plan to help them resolve these stressful situations.
Speaker: Don Tyler, Tyler & Associates, Clarks Hill, IN.

Friday, September 6, 2002

“Sow Day”

8:00 am - 8:30 am: Education Seminar Registration
8:30 am - 11:30 am: Professional Development Seminars

8:30 am - 9:20 am
“What is Happening in Canada and Where Will They be in 3-5 Years?” (T1)
The Canadian Pork Producers Council will present an update on the hog industry in Canada.

“Maximizing Your Finishing Potential” (T2)
Join us for an update on ways to maximize your finishing potential.
Speaker: Ross Kiehne, DVM, Swine Vet Center, St Peter, MN.

“More on Improving Sow Longevity" (T3)
Recent research and popular press articles have stated that sow longevity has steadily declined in the past 5 to 10 years. This seminar will focus on the latest recommendations to stop this trend and maximize the lifetime potential of gilts and sows. Recent advances in nutrition, management, genetics and health will be discussed.
Speaker: Dr. Dale Rozeboom, Associate Professor, Extension Swine Specialist, Dept. of Animal Sciences, Michigan State University, MI.

9:20 am - 9:35 am: Networking Break

9:35 am - 10:25 am
“The #1 Human Resource Issue Facing the Pork Industry” (T1)
Challenged by human resources? You are not alone. Learn more about how to address the challenge.

“Putting Together a Business Strategy and Plan” (T2)
If you don't have a business plan and strategy, or just need to rethink your plan, this is the session for you.
Speaker: E. Allen Lash, President, AgriSolutions, Inc., Brighton, IL.

“Maximizing Pigs/Crate/Year” (T3)
Why do some operations get twice as many pigs out of a crate as others? Get tips from a leading production manager on how to maximize your pigs per crate per year.

10:25 am - 10:40 am: Networking Break

10:40 am - 11:30 am
“How to Capitalize on Farm Bill $$ Now!” (T1)
An update on the latest developments with funding availability and how to get it now.
Speaker: Jane Hardisty, State Conservationist, USDA, NRCS.

“Does Seasonal Infertility Raise its Ugly Head on Your Farm?” (T2)
A seasonal depression in reproductive performance is experienced in breeding herds on many farms. Factors related to this problem, along with management protocols that may help to minimize it, will be discussed.
Speaker: Dr. Wayne Singleton, Dept. of Animal Sciences, Purdue University, IN.

“Would You Enjoy Working With You? — Building Teamwork” (T3)
To increase our ability to work as a team, we must first remove the barriers to teamwork. This session will provide key insights into the most common obstacles to teamwork, how to remove them and how to build a desirable team atmosphere with your co-workers and employees.
Speaker: Don Tyler, Tyler & Associates, Clarks Hill, IN.

Track 1 (T1): These sessions have been developed for key decision makers of operations handling multiple employees and varied site production.

Track 2 (T2): Designed for the traditional pork/row-crop producer who receives a significant portion of income from pork production.

Track 3 (T3): Designed for employees, contract growers and managers.

The Second Annual Midwest Pork Conference is brought to you by the Indiana Pork Producers Association in partnership with the Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio Pork organizations and by your Pork Checkoff through the National Pork Board.

Hotel Information

Attendees are responsible for making their own hotel reservations. Rooms are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations must be made by August 28, 2002 to assure room availability. Most hotels will refund a deposit if the reservation is cancelled 48-72 hours prior to arrival date. Reference your confirmation for the exact cancellation policy.

Additional room blocks may be available at other hotels. Please check www.midwestpork.com or call 800-535-2405 for other hotel information.

OMNI North

317-849-6668
8181 North Shadeland Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46250

Single and Double rates of $90 per night
Triple and Quad rates of $100 per night
The above rates are good for Tuesday, September 3, through Thursday, September 5, 2002. Hotel and state tax is currently 11% and is not included in rates.

Convenient Site and Trade Show Facility

Located near downtown Indianapolis, the MPC will be held at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, a location easily accessible via six interstates. Located at the crossroads of the Midwest, Indianapolis provides a strategic location for the 2nd annual MPC. Professional development seminars will be held in the Blue Ribbon Pavilion. The Trade Show and lunch will be held in the newly renovated Expo Hall. Admission to the trade show is free; the optional lunch is $10 per person. Shuttle service will be provided at the Blue Ribbon Pavilion for easily accessible transportation to the Expo Hall. Reduced rates are available at select area hotels.