The 2011 National Swine Improvement Federation’s (NSIF) annual meeting and genetic symposium will honor retired teacher, researcher and NSIF supporter Rodger Johnson of the University of Nebraska.

That portion of the program will be presented by former students, coworkers and collaborators.

The NSIF meeting is scheduled for Dec. 1-2, 2011 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Lincoln, NE. Early registration fee of $150 per person is due no later than Nov. 9. The fee increases to $175 per person after that date.

To register, send your contact information and a check payable to “National Swine Improvement Federation” to NSIF, c/o Ken Stalder, 109 Kildee Hall, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011-3150.

Hotel reservations are not included in the meeting registration fee and must be made separately. Special rates are available only through Nov. 9. Contact the hotel directly to make your reservations http://embassysuites.hilton.com/en/es/groups/personalized/L/LNKESES-NSI-20111128/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG. Be sure to ask for “National Swine Improvement Federation” single and double room rate of $109 per night.

For questions about the program, contact Jim Schneider by phone at (402) 762-4166 or e-mail him at jim.schneider@ars.usda.gov.