Leman Swine Conference Adds to Lineup of Keynote Speakers

( Jennifer Shike )

Organizers of the Allen D. Leman Swine Conference in St. Paul, Minn., will be incorporating more keynote speakers than ever before into its virtual event on Sept. 19-22.

The 2020 conference themes include markets, the impact of COVID and lessons learned, how to prepare for emerging diseases, and how to enhance your swine operation’s value-added strategy. 

The conference’s Monday keynote lecturers will discuss the impact COVID-19 has had on the swine industry and what's ahead. They'll discuss how price discovery in the hog market needs to change to keep swine producers in business, the responses producers and veterinarians had to quickly adapt to the unprecedented challenges posed by COVID-19 and what lessons the industry can learn for the future, according to a conference release. Monday speakers include:

  • Mark Greenwood of Compeer Financial
  • Bill Kaelin of McVean Trading and Investments
  • Paul Yeske of the Swine Veterinary Center
  • Dave Priesler of the Minnesota Pork Producers’ Association

On Tuesday, HANOR Company leaders Myrl Mortenson, Dave Wade and Tara Donovan will share how their vision for change includes a strategy to bring added value to their business from multiplication to environmental stewardship and from health and productivity to strategic partnerships. 

Michelle Kromm, Jennie-O vice president of animal health and welfare and veterinarian for Hormel Foods, will share her HPAI (high pathogenic avian influenza) and COVID-19 response experiences, focusing on the importance of industry involvement in preparing for and effectively responding to an emergency to better position the swine industry to respond to new diseases, such as African swine fever.

The conference will conclude with one last “Hallway Conversation” with two industry opinion leaders, Clayton Johnson, DVM, of Carthage Veterinary Services, and Gordon Spronk, DVM, of Pipestone Veterinary Services This will be a lively discussion about the key take home messages of the conference and the industry attributes necessary for success going forward, the release said.

The Leman Conference is celebrating its 47th year, honoring the legacy of Dr. Allen D. Leman, a former faculty member at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. 

Individual registrations are $250 through August 30 and $300 thereafter. Discounts are available for graduate and DVM students. All prices reflect significant discounts compared to previous in-person editions of the conference. Click here for more information.

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