Welcome to the Pork Conference

Networking – Back in 2021!

Network with the more than 900 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.

Speakers

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

Break-outs

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 25th year in 2021. Once again, three days of exceptional presentations, networking and collaboration will take place during the conference. We hope to see you in July!

About Conference

25th 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 1996 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 900 attendees with most producer participants representing the Top 150 Pork Production Systems in North America.

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Get The Kids Involved

 

Back in 2021! The National Pork industry Conference (NPIC) is partnering with Smithfield Foods and the National Pork Board to offer the 2021 Youth Workshop event to elementary and middle school-age youth.

The workshop will be an exciting and interactive way to get our youth involved in the pork industry – and have some fun along the way!

Youth will learn about the pork supply chain, food safety and handling and have a chance to cook up their very own pork pizza creation.

Date: Tuesday, July 13th, 2021
Time: 9:00am – 11:30am
Location: Kalahari Resort, Wisconsin Dells, WI

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Conference Agenda

Sunday

July 11, 2021

2:00 pm

Registration

2:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Location: Kalahari Convention Center, Africa Ballroom Foyer

6:30 pm

NPIC KICK-OFF BBQ

6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Location: Kalahari Convention Center, Africa West

Enjoy a delicious barbeque with select pork items prepared by Lynch Livestock on their BIG GRILL that you’ve seen at World Pork Expo. Join old friends and make new ones!

Monday

July 12, 2021

6:30 am

Buffet Breakfast

6:30 am – 7:45 am

Location: Africa West

 

8:00 am

Keynote: Can Animal Agriculture Save the Planet? Jack Bobo – CEO, Futurity

8:00 am – 9:00 am

Location: Africa East

The next 30 years will determine the fate of the planet. Demand for food will nearly double, driven by population growth and rising incomes. This demand will put increasing pressure on the earth’s natural resources, from greenhouse gas emissions to fresh water and forests. New innovations and consumer trends will further transform the food sector, especially meat and poultry production. From cell cultured meat and plant-based proteins to food preferences and calls for more sustainable farming, the meat sector will never be the same. What farmers and food producers do is important, but how they talk about what they do is equally important. It’s time to meat the future.

9:00 am

Keys and Tips for Building a Successful Team – Dr. Jim Pillen, Pillen Family Farms

9:00 am – 10:00 am

Location: Africa East

Dr. Pillen will share tips from his experience with what works to build an effective team.

10:00 am

Break

10:00 am – 10:30 am

Location: Africa Ballroom Foyer

10:30 am

Update from NPPC’s New President – Jen Sorenson – President, National Pork Producers Council

10:30 am – 11:00 am

Jen Sorenson, 2021-22 NPPC President will take the stage and update conference attendees on the challenges and priorities facing U.S. pork producers.

11:00 am

Looking Back at 25 Years and Ahead to the Next 25 – Mark Greenwood, Chief Diversified Markets Officer, Compeer Financial

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Location: Africa East

We will celebrate 25 years of NPIC and the industry with Mr. Greenwood’s session where he will explore the industry’s financial trends with exploration of the past, present and future around economics, export dependency, integration (industry structure), and more.

12:00 pm

Conference Attendee Lunch

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Location: Africa West

Sit down and recap the morning sessions, catch-up with fellow conference attendees and industry friends, old and new.

1:15 pm

Lead Sponsor Breakout Sessions

1:15 pm – 4:45 pm
  • 1:15 pm – 2:15 pm   
    • Farm Credit Mid-America – Location: Suite A
    • Elanco – Location: Suite B
      • PRRS Panel Discussion
    • Genesus – Location: Suite H
  • 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm   
    • AP – Location: Suite A
      • Beef and Chicken Markets: A Look into What’s Driving Competing Proteins – Sarah Havala, Protein Commodities Director, Cleveland Research Company
    • Compeer Financial – Location: Suite B
      • Pork Industry Changes, Challenges and Opportunities – Kent Bang and Mark Greenwood, Compeer Financial
  • 3:45 pm – 4:45 pm   
1:15 pm

Industry Topic Breakout Sessions

1:15 pm – 4:45 pm

Sessions Offered Three Times (1:15-2:15 pm; 2:30-3:30 pm; 3:45-4:45 pm)

  • Sow Production – Outperforming Expectations…When you drive your performance strategy to the slats
    • Barrett Eller – New Fashion Pork
    • This session will provide key steps for cascading leading actions down to your team to reflect production results and personnel development.
    • Location: Suite C
  • Nursery Production –Top 10 Ways to Deal with PRRS Positive Pigs in the Nursery
  • Finishing Production – Setting Pigs Up for Success in Finishing
  • Health –What is the Current Health Status of the US Swine Industry?
  • Nutrition – Today’s Feeding for Tomorrow’s Success
    • Nutritionist Panel
    • Location: Tamarind
  • Risk Management
  • Data in the Cloud or a Fog of Data – Creating Operational Success with Business Intelligence Data and Tools
    • Joe Dykhuis, Dykhuis Farms
    • Casey Westphalen, NutriQuest
    • Location: Guava
  • Keys and Tips for Building a Successful Team – Using management tools to facilitate communication and team building
    • Shonda Sammons, Ag Leadership Partners
    • Location: Suite G

Tuesday

July 13, 2021

6:30 am

Early Bird Session: Fireside Chat with National Pork Board CEO, Bill Even

6:30 am – 7:45 am

Location: Africa East

6:30 am

Buffet Breakfast

6:30 am – 7:45 am

Location: Africa West

8:00 am

Looking Back at 25 Years and Ahead to the Next 25 – Dr. Joe Connor, Carthage Veterinary Service, Ltd.

8:00 am – 9:00 am

Location: Africa East

We will kick off Day 2 of the conference celebrating 25 years of NPIC and industry production with Dr. Connor’s operational focused session looking at a past, present and future view of health, productivity, genetics, cost of production and more.

9:00 am

Firsthand View of the Chinese Pork Production Industry

9:00 am – 10:00 am

Location: Africa East

10:00 am

Break

10:00 am – 10:30 am

Location: Africa Ballroom Foyer

10:30 am

Sustainability – The Journey and Role of Animal Agriculture in Building a Sustainable Food System

10:30 am – 11:30 am

Location: Africa East

11:30 am

Conference Ends for the Day

11:30 am
12:30 pm

NPIC Golf Tournament

12:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Location: Trappers Turn Golf Course

Wednesday

July 14, 2021

6:30 am

Grab n Go Breakfast

6:30 am – 7:45 am

Location: Africa West

7:00 am

Early Bird Session: What’s on Your Mind?

7:00 am – 7:45 am

Location: Suites A & H

This is truly a bull session.  Some past attendees have rated it the most beneficial session of the conference.  It’s a chance for a group of producers to get together and discuss anything on their minds.  Guest facilitator and NPIC Founder, Larry Graham, will join the session as we celebrate 25 years of his vision – industry collaboration, networking and education.

8:00 am

NPPC Update – Prop 12, New Administration, Exports, Immigration and More – Nick Giordano, Vice President and Counsel, NPPC

8:00 am – 9:00 am
9:00 am

Focusing on the Markets – Led by Industry Economic Experts Dr. Steve Meyer & Joe Kerns, Partners for Production Agriculture

9:00 am – 11:00 am
 

Registration

Registration for the 2021 Conference and Golf is now available! Hope to see you there.

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