2017 Minnesota Pork Congress

Featured Presentations

Approaches To Reducing Farm Energy Costs

Electric and Thermal Energy Strategies for Minnesota Swine FarmsElectric and Thermal Energy Strategies for Minnesota Swine Farms Michael Reese, University of Minnesota, details usable research info that will help swine farms evaluate what electric and thermal energy strategies are viable. Several key take home messages: 1) Energy efficiency upgrades can have a short-term return-on-investment, 2) Reputable contractors are available to remove complexities, and 3) There still exist state, federal, and utility grants and incentives [video].

The Future In Agriculture Is Bright

Best Time Ever To Be in AgricultureBest Time Ever To Be in Agriculture Dr. Lowell Catlett, retired Dean of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at New Mexico State University, shares thoughts on the future of agriculture while weaving in threads of technology's future and consumer demand throughout. Dr. Catlett, with enthusiasm and spirit, says this is the best time to be in agriculture [video].

Where We Are With Antibiotics In Agriculture

Antibiotics in the Future Tense: How the Last 5 Years Have Set the CourseAntibiotics in the Future Tense: How the Last 5 Years Have Set the Course Dr. Mike Apley, College of Veterinary Medicine, Kansas State University, helps pork producers understand where the swine business is with respect to antibiotic use, now that the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) rules are now in place. Dr. Apley closes with comments to producers on the idea of "If we want to keep antibiotics" and "Things that just aren’t true" about antibiotics in agriculture [video].

2017 Minnesota Pork Congress
The start of s new year brought out new info and thoughts on the business of swine. Starting off the Minnesota Pork Congress was the Taste of Excellence highlighting what local chefs can make with a selection of pork.

The seminar sessions led off with Dr. Paul Sandberg sharing an update on the Swine Health Information Center and having a question and answer session to get thoughts on big ideas. Details on antibiotics going forward was shared by Dr. Mike Apley and the view into the markets was detailed by Dr. Steve Meyer.

Of particular interest to attendees was the keynote by Dr. Lowell Catlett. His message was simple: "It's a great time to be in ag".

Many thanks to the Minnesota Pork Producers Association for allowing us to share these valuable presentations.

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