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Pork Checkoff Offers Pork Management Conference in June

Contact: Cindy Cunningham
National Pork Board
CCunningham@pork.org
(515) 223-2643

Pork Checkoff Offers Pork Management Conference in June
Annual event unites industry experts to address current business trends and challenges. 

DES MOINES - May 5, 2014 - The Pork Checkoff will host the 2014 Pork Management Conference, Your Pork Industry Investment, June 17-20 in Tampa, Florida.

This annual conference brings together experts from across the industry to speak on current business trends and challenges that help pork producers gain important insight and financial sophistication to manage their operation.

"The Pork Management Conference combines the latest production trends and business information with opportunities for pork producers to interact with knowledgeable financial professionals dedicated to helping them succeed," said David Ray, chair of the Checkoff's Producer and State Services Committee and a pork producer from Edenton, N.C. "Each attendee will come away from this three-day conference armed with tools they can use immediately to improve their farm."

In addition to the general sessions open to all attendees on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings, two concurrent sessions are planned for Thursday. Topics include establishing a barn culture panel, antibiotics used in animals raised for food, audit overload panel, a focus on corporate and social responsibility, a PEDV panel, and new resources for creating a safe work
environment.

The registration fee is $395 per person through May 30, 2014, and rises to $435 after that date. The first 10 pork producers to register who have not previously attended the conference in the past two years will receive a $300 discount on registration, courtesy of Pork Checkoff.  A registration form and a detailed list of events are available at pork.org

The National Pork Board has responsibility for Checkoff-funded research, promotion and consumer information projects and for communicating with pork producers and the public. Through a legislative national Pork Checkoff, pork producers invest $0.40 for each $100 value of hogs sold. Importers of pork products contribute a like amount, based on a formula. The Pork Checkoff funds national and state programs in advertising, consumer information, retail and foodservice marketing, export market promotion, production improvement, technology, swine health, pork safety and environmental management. For information on Checkoff-funded programs, pork producers can call the Pork Checkoff Service Center at(800) 456-7675or check the Internet at www.pork.org.

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