Purdue University Extension is hosting a workshop early next month to help pork producers deal with economic, regulatory and production challenges they face in an ever-changing industry.

The Central Indiana Pork Conference will take place on Feb. 2 from 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. at Rossville High School in Rossville, IN.

“2010 was the first year pork producers have made a profit as an industry since 2007,” says Curt Emanuel, Purdue Extension educator in Clinton County. “However, rising feed costs resulting from the recent, rapid increase in corn and soybean prices are threatening balance sheets again in 2011. This conference will help producers explore the existing opportunities for improving profitability.”

Highlights include the pork industry outlook in 2011 by Purdue Extension agricultural economist Chris Hurt, and Brian Richert, Purdue Extension swine specialist, who will present “DDGS: How High Can You Go and How Much Does It Save You?”

Sessions will also cover current methods to deal with porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome and the current regulatory environment and its affect on producers.

Other speakers include Dave Murray, vice president of livestock procurement at Indiana Packers; John Nagle, manager of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture’s Certified Livestock Producer Program; Josh Trenary, director of business development at Indiana Pork; and Brian Payne, professional services veterinarian for the swine division at Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica.

“Attendees will have the opportunity to interact with other producers and with leading pork industry professionals,” Emanuel says. “The sessions will offer tools to help producers enhance their competitiveness in the coming year, and the speakers will help them understand the state of the industry, politicial initiatives and challenges, trends for the coming year and production issues like herd health, feeding and nutrition.”

Registration costs $20 per person and is due Jan. 28. It covers conference materials, refreshments and lunch. Late registration is accepted but lunch is not guaranteed. Go to http://www.ag.purdue.edu/counties/clinton/Pages/CIPC.aspxfor registration forms and more conference information.