April 26, 2012
Contact: Cindy Cunningham
National Pork Board
[email protected]
(515) 223-2643

Pork Checkoff Offers Pork Management Conference in June

The Pork Checkoff is offering the 2012 Pork Management Conference,Your Pork Industry Investment, June 19-22 in Savannah, Ga.

The conference provides the opportunity for anyone involved in swine production to expand their knowledge of the industry, engage in financial sophistication and learn about the latest industry trends.  Attendees also will have a chance to network with industry leaders and create a vision for the future.

“As pork producers continue to face challenges in an ever-evolving industry, this conference will provide the most up-to-date production and financial information to assist pork producers on their farms,” said Mary Langhorst, chair of the Checkoff’s Producer and State Services Committee and a pork producer from Lafayette, Minn.

In addition to the general sessions on Wednesday and Thursday mornings, two concurrent sessions are planned for Thursday. Topics include tax updates, gestation stall versus pen housing, accounting, team building on the farm, opportunity costs to your operation and nutrition economics.

The registration fee for the conference is $395 per person now and $435 per person after May 25. The first 10 pork producers who have not attended in the past two years will receive a $300 discount on registration, courtesy of AgStar Financial Services.  A registration form and a detailed list of events is available on 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 food service 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) 456-7675 or check the Internet at www.pork.org.