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Pork Sessions Offered During Corn/Soy Expo
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 01/10/2018

Attendees at next month's Corn/Soy Expo in Wisconsin Dells will have an opportunity to learn about the current state of the U.S. pork industry. That will be one of the sessions put on by the Wisconsin Pork Association, which is one of the main sponsors of the February 1-2 conference at the Kalahari Resort. National pork industry speakers and members of the University of Wisconsin-Extension Swine Team will discuss challenges producers are facing with whole-herd mortality rates, and actions that the Pork Checkoff is taking to help producers on this issue.

Maria Zieba with the National Pork Producers Council will provide an update on progress of the NAFTA and South Korean trade negations, as well as provide a broader picture of the successes and challenges facing pork exports. In addition, Hady and Lyssa Seefeldt with UW-Extension will also give a snapshot of Wisconsin pork production trends they are seeing on the state level.

The UW-Extension Swine Team will offer training sessions for producers to become certified, or recertify, in the Pork Quality Assurance Plus and Transport Quality Assurance for Livestock Haulers programs. These certification programs help bring the latest knowledge and practices to the farm, including the development of comprehensive on-farm programs to ensure food safety and animal well-being, as well as understanding how to handle, move, and transport pigs in ways that promote pig well-being.

Last year's Taste of Elegance winner, Chef Mitchel Weber, will be hosting a Cooking with Pork session.

Lastly, WPA invites pork producers and industry members to attend the WPA annual meeting. Members will have an opportunity to provide input on policies and the future direction of the organization. Scholarship and distinguished service award recipients will also be recognized during the meeting.

A complete Expo program and registration form are available to download at: www.wppa.org/expo.

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