Join us for the 2024 Global Hog Industry Virtual Conference

Event to include pork market insights, Prop 12 discussions on research and policy, wean-to-harvest biosecurity updates and the highly anticipated New Product Tour.

May 14, 2024

4 Min Read

DATE: May 22 starting at 10 a.m. Central
Keeping score on 2024: Policy, performance and profitability
PLUS National Hog Farmers' New Product Tour competition - Vote for your favorite new product!

National Hog Farmer's sixth annual Global Hog Industry Virtual Conference is set for Wednesday, May 22.

Sessions start at 10 am. We will wrap up with National Hog Farmer’s highly anticipated New Product Tour competition. Tune in and vote for your favorite new product of the year! You can also visit the National Hog Farmer booth at the World Pork Expo to cast your vote for your favorite new product.

The Global Hog Industry Virtual Conference is a live event and you will be able to ask questions and interact with a number of our speakers. Topics will be focused on the theme of policy, performance and profitability.

Reserve your seat today by visiting the event registration page!

The 2024 Global Hog Industry Virtual Conference will feature the following experts and topics:

U.S. pork market insights for second half 2024
USDA is forecasting this year’s pork production will be up 2.9% and hog prices will be up 7.5% compared to 2023. Will revenue values continue to trend higher while feed moves lower? Is there a moderate profit opportunity for pork producers in 2024? Economists Steve Meyer and Joe Kerns, Ever.Ag, join us to offer their insight and outlook.

2024 pork producer priorities
A Prop 12 fix in the farm bill, additional funding for foreign animal disease prevention and preparedness, and year-round H-2A visas to combat ongoing labor challenges—what does the National Pork Producers Council have on their agenda this legislative session? NPPC CEO Bryan Humphreys will share more details on policy progress and challenges ahead.

Emerging domestic disease threats
Influenza A is now on the state-level monitoring dashboard, wean-to-market positivity for PRRSV continues to be high, and pockets of PEDV and PDCoV are showing up in certain states. Also should the swine industry be concerned about HPAI H5N1? Joining us to discuss the latest domestic disease challenges is Megan Niederwerder, director, Swine Health Information Center.

What’s next after Prop 12?

Since Prop 12 is now in effect, what research is needed on these new production systems? From a legal perspective, should producers anticipate additional animal welfare initiatives on the ballot? Joining us to discuss the impact Prop 12 will have on future research and policy is Anna Forseth, director of animal health, National Pork Producers Council; and Elizabeth Rumley, senior staff attorney, National Agricultural Law Center, University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture

Enhancing biosecurity from wean-to-harvest
Fifteen research projects have now been funded as part of the Swine Health Information Center’s Wean-to-Harvest Biosecurity Program in collaboration with the Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research and the Pork Checkoff. The updated research priorities in the second round of proposal solicitation focused on site and transportation biosecurity in five targeted areas. Here’s a peak at some of the projects from the latest round of funding as well as an update on one from the first round.

  • Assessment of manure pumping effects on disease onset in wean-to-finish pig sites: Daniel Moraes, Iowa State University

  • Comparison of a rail-mounted automated power washer to a commercial manual power washing crew: Francisco Cabezon, PIPESTONE

  • Self-vaccinating pigs to save labor, improve efficacy and enhance biosecurity: John McGlone, Texas Tech

Building a bigger appetite for pork
The Pork Checkoff continues to work to build demand for pork both domestically and internationally. The goal is that of building partnerships, meeting consumer demand and growing the appetite for US pork. National Pork Board Senior Vice President of Market Growth David Newman joins us with an update.

National Hog Farmer's 2024 New Product Tour presentations
National Hog Farmer's New Products Tour allows companies to showcase their latest products to help producers save money and improve efficiency. A panel of pork industry experts will pore over documentation on the new products, keeping in mind how each product would benefit the producer and industry. Companies are then asked to join us to present the features of their product or service and to answer your questions and those from our panel of judges.

To register for this FREE educational event and to interact with our speakers on event day, click here.

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: United Animal Health.

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