Pig comfort, energy efficiency and profits are the topics planned for discussion at the 2010 Iowa Pork Regional Conferences.

The Iowa Pork Industry Center (IPIC), Iowa Pork Producers Association (IPPA) and Iowa State University (ISU) Extension cosponsor this annual series at different sites around the state.

IPIC extension program specialist Colin Johnson says the program will offer something for everyone.

Mike Brumm from Brumm Swine Consultancy, North Mankato, MN, will speak on two topics: ventilation and energy use on the farm.

“Mike’s presentation, ‘The Dufus Factor at Work: Common Ventilation Mistakes’ is sure to hit home with many producers,” Johnson says. “In it he’ll share some of the more common errors he sees and offer solutions and advice on correctly setting ventilation controllers and inlets. He’ll also show attendees how to measure and evaluate on-farm energy usage and give suggestions on lowering energy usage while saving money.”

Other speakers are ISU Extension swine field specialists and a representative from Consumers Energy. That company is in partnership with IPPA, Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, ISU and other agricultural groups to help evaluate on-farm energy use and reduce the cost of whole farm energy audits for producers.

This year’s sessions run from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Access the program brochure at www.ipic.iastate.edu/events.html.

Program dates and locations are as follows:

  • March 9, Sheldon, Northwest Iowa Community College, 603 W. Park St., Building C Auditorium;
  • March 10, Carroll, Carrolltown Inn, 1730 Hwy 71 N.;
  • March 11, Nashua, Borlaug Learning Center, 3327 290th St.;
  • March 12, Ainsworth, Marr Park, Hwy. 92.