02-13-17 Registration Now Open for April 2017 Pork Management Conference

Registration Now Open for April 2017 Pork Management Conference

Checkoff event provides platform for experts to discuss future of the U.S. pork industry

DES MOINES – February 13, 2017 – The National Pork Board will host its annual Pork Management Conference, April 19-21, in Nashville, Tennessee.

The annual conference, moved to April this year, will accommodate a diverse set of experts from across the U.S. The 2017 conference will address current business trends and challenges facing the U.S. pork industry. Through presentations, breakout sessions and networking, attendees will gain important insight on the pork industry, its challenges and financial management practices that improve the performance and efficiency of pig farming.

“The Pork Management Conference is more than an industry meeting but an interactive experience,” said Andrew Reinecker, chair of the Checkoff’s Producer and State Services Committee and a pig farmer from York Springs, Pennsylvania. “The engagement between the guest presenters and experts and those working in the industry offers producers an opportunity to gain knowledge from different areas, ask questions and implement this information on their farms.”

In addition to the general sessions open to all attendees on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings, two concurrent afternoon sessions are planned on Thursday, April 20. Topics include benchmarking, safety programs, emerging social media, accounting, tax updates and price discovery, and results from the recent industry employee compensation survey.

The registration fee is $425 per person through March 31 and increases to $475 beginning April 1.  A registration form and a detailed list of events are available at pork.org/pmc.

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, science and technology, swine health, pork safety and sustainability 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.

Submitted to The BARN by:

Cindy Cunningham
National Pork Board