The Michigan Pork Producers Association is gearing up to host its annual Michigan Pork Symposium on Feb. 20 at the Lansing Center in Lansing.
The event will feature keynote speaker Scott Dee, whose presentation, “Can the United States remain free of African Swine Fever Virus?” will take an in-depth look at African swine fever and what American pig farmers can do to help prevent the spread of the disease.
Dee earned his DVM, M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. In 2011, he joined Pipestone Veterinary Services in Pipestone, Minn., where he serves as director of applied research, a business unit that conducts collaborative research efforts with production companies across North America comprising about 1.5 million sows.
The Michigan Pork Symposium will bring pig farmers and industry representatives from around the country together to share information about the ever-changing industry. This year’s symposium brings together speakers from both the academic and business worlds to better prepare producers for the challenges they face in their quest to produce the world’s food supply.
The day will be split into three tracks to help educate owners and employees of finishing operations, sow operations and small farms.
A trade show will close the day and give participants the opportunity to visit with the sponsors and presenters. The full day costs $60 for one registration, $25 for a second registration and $15 for a third registration, with a cap of $100 per farm.