Welcome to the Pork Conference

Networking – Back in 2021!

Network with the 800 attendees at NPIC with most producer participants representing the top 150 pork production systems in North America. Participants represent areas of management, production, nutrition, health, finance, human resources and more.


NPIC will showcase over 25 highly qualified speakers who will bring their expertise to mainstage and breakout sessions.


Break-out sessions are presented on Monday afternoon of the conference. Participants will have the opportunity to choose between 10+ sessions focused on relevant industry topics.

Family Fun – Back in 2021!

Wisconsin Dells, better known as “The Waterpark Capital of the World!®” offers fun for all ages. Enjoy the endless hours of fun at the NPIC host hotel, Kalahari, where there is an exciting mix of rides, slides and adventures for the whole family in the resort waterpark and thrilling indoor theme park. Plus, check out the resort’s other amenities such as Spa Kalahari & Salon and exceptional dining options.

Golf – Back in 2021!

Year after year folks look forward to the annual NPIC golf tournament held on Tuesday afternoon at the award winning Trappers Turn Golf Course in Wisconsin Dells. Please visit the Registration section of the web page to register for the golf tournament.

Hope to see you there!

NPIC celebrates its 24th year in 2020. Once again, three full days of exceptional presentations, networking and collaboration will take place during the conference. We hope to see you in August!

About Conference

24th Annual National Pork Conference

The National Pork Industry Conference (NPIC) was the vision of Larry Graham and has roots back to the early 90’s. The current generation of NPIC was founded by Larry & Jean Graham in 1997 and was initially held at various upper Midwest locations. As the conference attendance grew, it ultimately found a home at the Four Seasons Resort, then Tan-Tar-A at Lake of the Ozarks, before moving in 2010 to its current location at the Kalahari Waterpark and Conference Center in Wisconsin Dells, WI.

The NPIC conference is built upon three pillars: education, networking, and family. The conference offers a wide array of sessions focused on current swine industry topics, nutrition, health, safety, marketing and more. 21st Century Strategic Forums, L.L.C. produces and hosts the conference and partners with leading allied industry companies to deliver what some call, “The Best Pork Producer Event in North America”.

The National Pork Industry Conference is held annually the 2nd week of July and attracts 800 attendees with most producer participants representing the Top 150 Pork Production Systems in North America.



Registration is Now Closed

Already registered for the conference? A direct link to the virtual conference will be emailed to your registered email Friday, August 14 from our virtual conference platform, Hopin. Simply click the link, Accept Terms and join us for the start of the virtual conference on Monday, August 17 at 8 a.m. Central

*Note: NPIC Virtual Conference is best viewed on Chrome and Firefox browsers.

Conference Agenda

Day 1

Monday, August 17, 2020 *note, all presentation times are central standard time

8:00 am

Main Stage Session

8:00 am – 9:30 am
  • Feeding a New Age. Peter Zeihan, Owner – Zeihan on Geopolitics
    • It has been a crazy year so far. Coronavirus, trade wars, mass protests. All have had – all are _still_ having – major impacts on pork producers, meat supply chains, exports, and consumption patterns. First the bad news: we are not going back to “normal”. Global and American pork, along with nearly every other economic sector, is transitioning to a new post-globalized system. Join Mr. Zeihan in a thought-provoking session looking at the future of US pork and the bumpy journey along the way.
9:30 am


9:30 am – 9:45 am
9:45 am

Main Stage Session

9:45 am – 10:45 am
  • Global Pork Trade and COVID Impact. Brett Stuart, Founder – Global AgriTrends
    • Brett Stuart is one of the premier economists and sought-after speakers in our industry. Stuart will briefly recap the risks and uncertainties that may impact global pork trade, then spend the bulk of his time on what is certain and reason for a hopeful future for North American pork producers.
10:45 am


10:45 am – 11:00 am
11:00 am

Main Stage Session

11:00 am – 11:30 am
11:30 am

Fireside Chat Wrap-Up

11:30 am – 12:00 pm

Peter Zeihan, Owner – Zeihan on Geopolitics and Brett Stuart, Founder – Global AgriTrends

1:00 pm

Lead Sponsor Breakout Sessions

1:00 pm

Lead Sponsor breakout sessions scheduled for live streaming at the times listed.

  • 1:00 pm: 2020 Election and Political Landscape, Jim Wiesemeyer, Political Analyst – ProFarmer. Hosted by Farm Credit Services of America & AP
  • 2:00 pm: Prevacent for Whole Herd PRRS Control, Dr. Pat Hoffmann, DVM, Technical Consultant – Swine Business Unit; Dr. Paul Yeske, DVM, MS, Senior Veterinary Consultant – Swine Vet Center. Hosted by Elanco
  • 3:00 pm: Integrating Commercial Data into Genetic Improvement, Dr. Bob Kemp, Vice President of Genetics – Genesus; Global & USA Market Report, Jim Long, President & CEO – Genesus. Hosted by Genesus
  • 4:00 pm: Fireside Chat – Uncertain Times: Current Situation and the Future of Our Industry, Mark Greenwood, Chief Diversified Markets Officer & Kent Bang, Vice President of Swine Lending – Hosted by Compeer
1:00 pm

Breakout Sessions

1:00 pm

Breakout sessions available in the on-demand library starting at 4:00 pm.

  • Leading Through Volatility, Kristen Cumming, Principal – Cantos Performance Management
    • We know and are told frequently, that these are unprecedented times. The uncertainty causes anxiety in both our management teams and our staff. History shows us that in times of crisis and change, the best leaders rise to the challenge and it is their organizations that will come through strong and ready for whatever comes next. What does it take to be a great leader in times of volatility? Join Kristen in exploring this question and what it takes to lead through volatility.
  • Managing Generational Differences, Shonda Sammons, Owner – Advocate Builders & Partner – 21st Century Ag Leadership; Jess Campbell, Vice President Food & Agribusiness, Swine – Farm Credit Mid-America; Lauren Griffeth, Ph.D., Director, Leadership Programs in Agriculture and Environmental Sciences – University of Georgia
    • The new generations are lazy, privileged, and want gratification now. Is this true? Three generations of presenters will lead you through the generational differences and separate fact from fiction. The team will discuss how to lead, motivate, and manage organizations with multi-generational employees and managers.
  • Gilt Reproduction – The Latest Innovations in Gilt Management, Jenny Patterson – University of Alberta; Kara Stewart, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Animal Sciences – Purdue University.
    • The key to setting up sows for a lifetime of good health and productivity starts with how they are handled and managed as a gilt. Our presenters have a great background and a wealth of experience in both applied research and practical gilt management. This session should be a requirement for anyone involved in managing sows for optimum productivity.
  • Nursery Performance: Some Crazy Ideas That Might Just Work! Dr. Chris Sievers, DVM – Swine Vet Center; Dr. Ryan Strobel, DVM – Swine Vet Center
  • Risk Management: Tools in the Toolbox “Tips for Managing Risk in Challenging Times”, Pat VonTersch, Owner, Risk Manager – Pro Ag Marketing; Jeff Hoogendoorn, Risk Manager – Pro Ag Marketing
  • Nutrition: How to Oversee and Communicate Feed Program Design, Predicted Outcomes, Execution, and Validation? Trey Kellner, Ph.D., Nutritionist – AMVC
    • This breakout session will dive into how a feed program (formulations and protocols) is: created, generates predicted outcomes, executed on the slat level, and validated through quality assurance and data mining programs. Dr. Kellner will highlight lessons learned from creating: a maternal feeding program and use of protocols (sow body condition caliper, pre-farrow feeding, etc.), protocols on how to best start pigs on feed (when under 18 days of age, when PRRSv positive, etc.), and predicted outcomes and how to best communicate them.



Day 2

Tuesday, August 18, 2020 *note, all presentation times are central standard time

8:00 am

Main Stage Session

8:00 am – 9:00 am
  • Current State and Outlook for the U.S. Poultry Industry and Comparisons to the Pork Industry. Marc de Beer, Ph.D., President of Aviagen North America
    • The pork industry shares a common mission with the broiler industry – turning corn into protein for human consumption. Randy Stoecker, former Western Operations President for Smithfield, often said, “If you want to know what the pork industry will look like tomorrow, look at what the poultry industry is doing today”.
    • Dr. de Beer will explain what the poultry supply chain looks like and their hyper-customer focus.  He’ll address the difference between the retail customer and the foodservice customer, plus producing to specs to meet different customers’ needs.You might conclude from de Beer’s comments that producers need to think about producing “pork” not raising “pigs”.
9:00 am


9:00 am – 9:15 am
9:15 am

Main Stage Session

9:15 am – 10:00 am
  • The “Other” Impact of COVID-19 on the Swine Industry. Christine McCracken, Executive Director, Animal Protein – RaboResearch Food & Agribusiness
    • Christine McCracken is well known  in the pork industry for her industry and business knowledge and research around the dynamics of the global protein industry. McCracken will take a look at the “Other” impacts the pandemic is having on labor, consumer shifts, trade, and more.
10:00 am

Main Stage Session

10:00 am – 10:45 am
  • Our Sustainability Story and How we Tell it. Frank Mitloehner, Ph.D., Professor and Air Quality Specialist in Cooperative Extension in the Department of Animal Science at the University of California, Davis
    • We all appreciate Dr. Mitloehner’s voice in support of production agriculture and we wish there were more “Franks”.  Last year on the NPIC stage, Frank offered hope that his voice might be getting larger and louder. Join us to hear about Frank’s latest work and the progress he is making on bringing more people onto his team.
10:45 am


10:45 am – 11:00 am
11:00 am

Main Stage Session

11:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • The Latest From the National Pork Board and Fireside Chat with CEO, Bill Even. Bill Even, CEO – National Pork Board

Day 3

Wednesday, August 19, 2020 *note, all presentation times are central standard time

8:00 am

Main Stage Session

8:00 am – 9:00 am
  • COVID and Regulatory Updates. Nick Giordano, Vice President, and Counsel, Global Government Affairs – National Pork Producers Council
    • Nick Giordano will hit head on your top three concerns: COVID, Regulatory activity, and Trade. When it comes legislation, Mr. Giordano and his team are at the “point of the spear”. Get real-time updates on legislative activity and trade. Giordano will tell it like it is. Is there a reason for optimism or has the pandemic clouded everything?
9:00 am

Main Stage Session

9:00 am – 10:00 am
  • Straight Out of Washington – The National Election and More. David Wasserman, House Editor, Political Analyst – The Cook Political Report
    • With just eleven weeks until the General Election, Mr. Wasserman will handicap the important races and provide a look at the political/cultural trends behind the numbers. What could this election mean for 2021 and beyond?
10:00 am


10:00 am – 10:15 am
10:15 am

Main Stage Session

10:15 am – 11:30 am
  • Focusing on the Markets. Led by our industry economic experts, Dr. Steve Meyer, and Joe Kerns – Kerns & Associates
    • Always the highlight of NPIC is hearing Joe Kerns and Dr. Steve Meyer forecast the markets. They bring their own unique energy and perspective to the presentation.  But, —– it is all about the numbers.
11:30 am

Conference Adjourns

11:30 am

See You Next Year. July 11-14, 2021


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