Iowa Swine Day Offers Another Valuable Program

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( Sara Brown )

The seventh annual Iowa Swine Day is scheduled for Thursday, June 28 on the Iowa State University campus in Ames. The program, to be held in the Scheman Building on campus, has a program packed with highly regarded speakers focusing on important issues facing U.S. pork producers.

Conference organizers build upon the success of past programs by continuing to seek industry input from the planning committee. The success of past conferences has shown that the best approach to developing a program for the pork industry is to seek input from producers representing a cross section of the industry. Last year's conference drew more than 450 attendees.

“We are hearing more and more about cybersecurity, and as we expand the role of the internet and the cloud in our day-to-day operations, the topic is of increasing relevance,” say conference co-chairs, John Patience and Jason Ross with Iowa State University.

They report that Jeff Evenson, Senior Security Analyst with Compeer Financial will address the topic “Cybersecurity: Recognizing the risks as animal agriculture goes digital.” He has been safeguarding Compeer Financial against cyberattacks and other threats since joining the company in 2015. According to organizers, he has more than 34 years of operational and business experience in defense, intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and mobile telecommunications arenas. A retired CTT Cryptologic Navy Chief, Evenson’s final assignment was as Division Chief at the US Navy’s Fleet Information Warfare Center in Norfolk, Virginia.

“Of course, antibiotic reduced or antibiotic free pork production is an area of growing interest as well,” say Patience and Ross. “Dr. Marlin Hoogland, a veterinarian with Smithfield Hog Production, will address the topic, ‘Our experience with antibiotic free production.’ He grew up on the family farm in Northwest Iowa that consisted of farrow-to-finish and batch farrow operations. He worked on his uncle's 1,600 cow dairy during college at Dordt College and then worked in the diagnostic lab all through vet school (necropsy floor and histopathology lab) at Iowa State University.”

Hoogland received concurrent Masters in Veterinary Microbiology in 2005 and graduated from EVP in 2009. For the past 12 years, he has been with Smithfield Hog Production Division’s Midwest Region helping oversee 110,000 sows worth of production and 3.5 million market pigs annually. He also serves on Smithfield's Research and Development committee. In 2011, Hoogland was awarded the Young Swine Veterinarian of the Year award by the American Association of Swine Veterinarians.

“Join us at Iowa Swine Day on June 28th in Ames, IA to hear these and 17 other topical presentations featuring speakers from the U.S., Canada and Germany,” Patience and Ross say. “Registration is only $50; after June 15th, it rises to $75. Students of all ages are welcome at no charge - if they register by June 15th. There is even a special luncheon session for students featuring Roxi Beck of the Center for Food Security.”

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