From public health to production issues, the Iowa Pork Congress, Jan. 28-29, 2009, has topics of interest for everyone. The show is at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines, IA.

Seminars on Jan. 28 include:
Kelly Donham, DVM, University of Iowa, and Risto Rautiainen, Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health, will present “Producing Pork with Employee and Public Health in Mind.”

Des Moines, IA, attorney Eldon McAfee of Beving, Swanson & Forrest will provide an “Iowa Environmental Regulations Update.”

John Mabry, director of the Iowa Pork Industry Center at Iowa State University, will discuss “Calculating Production Costs to Determine Your Bottom Line.”

Alex Ramirez, DVM, of Iowa State University, will offer “An Introduction to Swine Necropsy.”

Mike Brumm of Brumm Swine Consultancy will talk on “Measuring and Controlling Energy Costs.”

Talks Jan. 29 include:
Anna Johnson and Suzanne Millman, both of Iowa State University, will address “Sow Housing and Animal Well-Being.”

Steve Meyer, president of Paragon Economics, Inc., will speak on “Managing Inputs and Marketing: Where Do We Go from Here?”

Dave VanWaus, Iowa Pheasants Forever, will cover “Hogs for Hens: Improving Aesthetics of Your Operation.”

Dave Stender of Iowa State University Extension and niche pork producers will provide “Virtual Tours of Niche Production Facilities.”

A human resources panel will offer “Keys to Successful Employee Management.”

And Thomas Glanville of Iowa State University will speak on “Mortality Composting and Emergency Planning.”

Find out more about seminars by contacting Tyler Bettin via e-mail at or call (515) 225-7675.