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Iowa Pork Industry Center Announces Second IPIC Sow Summit
Iowa Ag Connection - 09/15/2023

Building on the resounding success of its inaugural event in 2021, the Iowa Pork Industry Center (IPIC) proudly announces the second IPIC Sow Summit, scheduled for November 1 in Ames.

This one-day conference will feature the latest research poised to enhance sow farm productivity while offering attendees an opportunity to explore and engage in discussions on emerging topics that have a significant impact on sow farms.

The morning plenary session is set to kick off with three enlightening "big picture" talks, followed by a panel discussion that centers on labor and staffing within the farming sector. Here are the featured morning speakers and their topics:

• Dr. Rob Knox (University of Illinois): Exploring sow farm opportunities, both past and future.

• Dr. Bradley Wolter (Windy Hill Insights): Delving into the bio-economic considerations essential for a sustainable herd.

• Chad Bermel (Brenneman Pork): Sharing experiences and insights from the transition to a Prop12-compliant system.

The morning session will conclude with a compelling discussion on labor and staffing challenges on the farm. The panelists for this engaging dialogue include:

• Chet Mogler (Partner, Pig Hill Co.)

• Victor Ochoa (Director, Swineworks LLC)

• Silvia Castañeda (Director of Human Resources, Eichelberger Farms)

Following lunch, attendees will have the opportunity to select from a range of individual presentations spanning both research and applied sessions. These presentations will feature esteemed experts from the industry and academia, representing state, national, and international perspectives.

Registration for the IPIC Sow Summit is currently open, with a fee of $65 for general attendees. Students can attend the conference at no cost. To access further details, including the registration link and a list of sponsors, please visit the official conference website.

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