Pork Academy allows producers to select those areas that they have the most interest. The following sessions will be offered this June at World Pork Expo. Pork Academy will provide producers with information to help operate their farms more effectively and stay current on industry trends and challenges.

Can’t make it to expo this year? Each Pork Academy session will be recorded and made available after the event.

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Wednesday, June 5 Sessions

An Economic Outlook for the Pork Industry

Location: Upper Varied Industries Building Meeting Room

Time: 9:00-11:00 a.m.

Speakers: Dr. Steve Meyer and Joe Kerns, Ever.Ag

Moderator: Dr. Brett Kaysen, National Pork Board

What does demand look like for pork internationally and here in the U.S.? How are prices impacting corn, soybean and pork markets and pork consumption? Join Steve Meyer and Joe Kerns for an interactive session providing an economic outlook for the pork industry.  

Building Public Trust in Pork

Location: Varied Industries Building, Meeting Room C

Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Speakers: Nicholas Gabler, Iowa State University; Pedro Urriola, University of Minnesota; Katie Sanders, North Carolina State University, Alexa Lamm, University of Georgia

Moderator: Kylee Deinz, Oklahoma Pork Council

How do we best help the public understand what happens on the farm when they are increasingly removed from agriculture? Hear from leading academics of the Real Pork Trust Consortium and learn how to build trust with consumers to protect your freedom to operate.  

How Pork Powers Your Plate and the Industry

Location: Varied Industries Building, Meeting Room C

Time: 2:30-3:30 p.m.

Speakers: Cheryl Day, Ohio Pork Council, Erin Good, RD, LD, HyVee

Moderator: Dr. Kristin Hicks-Roof, National Pork Board

Nutrition concerns can be a significant barrier to consumers selecting pork for their plate. However, recent research and partnerships with influential voices in the nutrition space can turn this challenge into opportunity. Join us for an insightful panel session sharing the most recent groundbreaking pork nutrition research and how working with dieticians, nutritionists and chefs are building a bigger appetite for U.S. pork. 

Thursday, June 6 Sessions

Endemic Diseases, Biosecurity and Other Hot Topics in Swine Health

Location: Varied Industries Building, Meeting Room B

Time: 9:00-10:30 a.m.

Moderator: Dr. Brent Pepin, National Pork Board

Speakers: Deb Murray, New Fashion Pork; Lisa Becton, Swine Health Information Center (SHIC), Guilherme Cezar, Iowa State University Veterinary Diagnostic & Production Animal Medicine, Laura Dalquist, Swine Vet Center

What keeps you up at night? PRRS, influenza, PEDv or other swine health challenges? Bring your questions and concerns to the table with leading swine health experts from industry and academia.

Positioning Pork for Success: Meeting Consumers Where They Are

Location: Varied Industries Building, Meeting Room C

Time: 10:30-11:45 a.m.

Speakers: Kiersten Hafer, National Pork Board; Alayne Johnson, Shady Grove Farms, NPB Board Member; Tony Manker, Schnucks Markets.

Moderator: Dr. David Newman, National Pork Board

A smart strategy for the future of pork starts with people – those who make protein choices at the grocery store and restaurant table. We need to understand the consumers’ needs, feelings and behaviors to grow the pork category. This session will dive deeper into the NPB Consumer Connect insights, which will help pork reach its peak relevance, build trust, add value, and generate long-term, sustainable demand.

The Future of Everything Pork

Location: Varied Industries Building, Meeting Room C

Time: 1:00-2:15 p.m.

Speakers: Dr. Tami Brown-Brandl, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Dr. Dan Carlson, Recombinetics, Dr. David Rosero, Iowa State University

Moderator: Dr. Chris Hostetler, National Pork Board

What will the future of pig farming look like? Join experts in varying technologies, including gene editing, animal health sensor technology, in-barn advancements, artificial intelligence, and more to explore and discuss futuristic opportunities and challenges.

Carbon Markets, CSAs, ROI and More

Location: Varied Industries Building, Meeting Room B

Time: 2:30-3:30 p.m.

Speakers: Sara Crawford, Eocene; David Miller, Decision Innovation Solutions, Courtney Nicks, Ducks Unlimited

Moderator: Jill Brokaw, National Pork Board

More than a year since the USDA announced millions of dollars in Climate Smart Grants, opportunities for farmers to receive assistance and credit for their on-farm practices continue to grow and evolve. Hear the latest information and funding opportunities related to sustainability.