Nebraska pork producers and industry representatives will gather more than production information at the 2012 Pork Industry Day in West Point, Feb. 20-21. There also will be sessions on gaining leadership experience, on how U.S. agricultural technology can help meet world hunger needs and on how to answer questions from the public about today's pork industry issues.
Pork Industry Day, the annual convention of the Nebraska Pork Producers Association, will take place at Nielsen Community Center.
The theme is "Safe, Affordable, Abundant—Our Responsibility."
On Feb. 20, sessions will include cover the pork industry's Transportation Quality Assurance and Pork Quality Assurance certification process. Exhibits also open that evening.
NPPA will open the day Feb. 21 at 8:30 a.m. with the board of directors meeting, which will include election of offices.
The keynote address at 10:30 a.m. features Grady Bishop, U.S. director of swine operations for Elanco, who will explain the company's vision for feeding the world.
At noon on Feb. 21, industry awards will be presented.
Guest speaker is Jim Whitt, whose presentation is entitled: "Transforming Lives, Leaders and Organizations through the Power of Purpose." Whit will speak at 3 p.m.
Following his presentation, the 2011 Pork Mentor Class will graduate and the 2012 class will be introduced. For more information, call 402-472-2562.
Another session Feb. 20 is a ventilation workshop, presented by Rick Stowell of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Mike Brumm, a consultant and formed UNL specialist. As part of the four-hour workshop, which begins at 1 p.m., a mobile ventilation training unit will be used as an educational tool.
Knowing ventilation principles means healthier livestock and savings in production costs. However, ventilation is one of the most perplexing environmental aspects of animal confinement buildings.
This hands-on workshop will address the principles of airflow in livestock buildings that can handle hundreds of animals. Other topics cover drafts, cooling, heating, odors and consequences of improper control settings.
Space is limited. For information, call 888-627-7675.