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World Pork Expo seminars get down to business

May 21, 2013  by Press release

May 21, 2013, Des Moines, IA — World Pork Expo’s three days are filled with information and insights, and leading that effort are the business seminars. Scheduled for Wednesday, June 5, and Thursday, June 6, they will feature cutting-edge ideas on swine nutrition and management, and improved utilization of manure, as well as weather and market outlooks.

Expo-goers will find business seminars, along with the free business-seminar luncheons, in the Varied Industries Building at the Iowa State Fairgrounds.

“If you’re a pork producer looking for products, technology or information, World Pork Expo is the best place to spend your time,” says Randy Spronk, president of the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC). “Where else can you go to gather the information you need and have some fun at the same time?”

As a pork producer from Edgerton, Minn., Spronk adds that between the world’s largest pork-specific trade show, the seminars and the conversations with fellow producers, World Pork Expo offers ideas that can be applied today, as well as in the future.


“Whether it involves animal housing, transportation or health, the industry is continually moving forward,” he says. “At World Pork Expo, you will find innovative products and ideas that you can apply back home.”

On Wednesday, sponsor DSM Nutritional Products will kick off expo’s business seminars at 9 a.m. with “Understanding the Ps — Feeding Pigs for People, Planet and Profit,” three presentations outlining swine nutrition strategies to improve production efficiencies and profit. The speakers include Joel DeRouchey, Ph.D. extension specialist at Kansas State University, along with DSM specialists, Fidelis Fru, Chris Parks, Ph.D., and Jon Bergstrom, Ph.D.

Wednesday at 3 p.m., Feeding for 30® sponsors Purina Animal Nutrition, Zinpro Corporation and DSM Nutritional Products will present a sow nutrition and management seminar designed to help producers achieve 30 pigs per sow per year. Organized as an interactive peer-to-peer forum, a panel of pork producers and swine nutritionists will share new tips and management insights, and answer questions.

Thursday’s seminar, sponsored by SFP, will begin at 9:30 a.m., and address ways to increase the phosphorus and nitrogen availability of swine manure applied as fertilizer. Matt Werner, SFP’s research coordinator, will present results from on-farm research and discuss manure management strategies from the pit to land application.

On both Wednesday and Thursday, the National Pork Board (NPB) will sponsor a business-seminar luncheon in the upper level of the Varied Industries Building. The program will begin at 12:30 p.m. with a weather outlook from Elwynn Taylor, Ph.D., Iowa State University. Steve Meyer, Ph.D., president of Paragon Economics, will present the outlook for the crop, swine and competing meats markets, concluding by 2:30 p.m.

Rounding out this year’s seminar offerings at World Pork Expo is PORK Academy, presented by the Pork Checkoff. Throughout the day on Wednesday and Thursday, nine seminars will address a wide range of topics including sow productivity and housing, food safety, exports, on-farm security and steps to protect against a foreign animal disease.

More details about the business seminars, the business-seminar luncheons and PORK Academy are available at Regular updates are available when you connect with World Pork Expo on Facebook, follow World Pork Expo on Twitter (#NPPCWPX) or download the official app by searching for “World Pork” in the Apple Store, Android Market or Blackberry’s App World.


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