Pork Producers, U of M Extension Host Webcast

Free presentation March 28 at 12 locations will discuss rising corn prices, and feeding and management strategies.

Rising to the Challenge of Rising Corn Prices: Proactive Options for the Pork Industry will be the featured presentation at a free webcast to be held 1-4 p.m. Wednesday, March 28.

The webcast may be viewed from your own computer or at one of a dozen host sites. The webcast is sponsored by the Minnesota Pork Board and the University of Minnesota Extension.

Topics and presenters will be:

Corn Procurement and Risk Management Strategies by Brian Buhr, U of M Agricultural Economist: Impacts of ethanol demand on feed costs and pork industry production, economic potential of DDGS in diets, price risk management, and grain procurement and production management strategies to minimize the impacts on profitability.

Managing the Cost of Production by Mark Whitney, U of M Extension Swine Specialist: Production and management strategies to minimize the effect of higher feed costs on profitability including evaluating nutrient levels in diets, alternative ingredients, growth promotants and metabolic partitioners, feed management, genetic merit assessment, health status, and minimizing secondary costs.

Evaluating Short and Long Term Business Goals by Gary Thome, Farm Business Management Instructor, Riverland Community College: Analyzing the production and financial health of the operation, re-establishing business and production goals, and strategies to cope with marginal returns in the near future.

For more information, contact Mark Whitney, University of Minnesota Extension at 1-888-241-3214 or [email protected] Instructions and system requirements on joining the webcast are available at the University of Minnesota Swine Extension website: www.extension.umn.edu/swine and then click on "Challenge of Rising Corn Prices."

The program can also be viewed at a host site. To assure adequate seminar seating contact the host site coordinator.

South Central College
Teleconference Room
1225 3rd St SW
Contact: Brad Carlson, (507) 332-6165

McLeod County Extension Office
840 Century Ave. SW
Contact: Nathan Winter, (320) 587-0770

SW Research and Outreach Center
23669 130th St.
Contact: Bob Koehler, (507) 752-7372

Tech Plus of Mankato, Inc.
1961 Premier Drive
Contact: Mark Whitney, (507) 389-6714

Extension Regional Center
2008 Mahogany St.
Contact: Rod Elmstrand, (320) 225-5056

WC Research and Outreach Center
46352 State Highway 329
Contact: Lee Johnston, (320) 589-1711

Community Room
Pipestone County Courthouse
416 S Hiawatha Ave.
Contact: Mike Boersma, (507) 825-6715

County Office Building
902 Houston St. NW
Contact: Jerry Tesmer, (507) 765-3896
Sleepy Eye

Brown County Extension Office
300 2nd Ave. SW
Contact: Wayne Schoper, (507) 794-7993

St. Paul
365 Haecker Hall
U of M St. Paul Campus
Contact: Sarah Schieck, (612) 624-1793

Southern Research and Outreach Center
35838 120th St.
Contact: Sam Baidoo, (507) 837-5626

Extension Regional Center
1567 McMillan St, Suite 6
Contact: Judy Christians, (507) 372-3902

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