Welcome to the Pork Conference

Networking

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

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

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!

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

National Pork Industry 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

 

The National Pork industry Conference (NPIC) is partnering with Smithfield Foods and the National Pork Board to offer the 2022 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 creation.

Date: Tuesday, July 12, 2022
Time: 9:00 a.m – 11:30 a.m.
Location: Kalahari Resort, Wisconsin Dells, WI

REGISTER HERE

Please arrive 15 minutes before the workshop to check-in with staff.  Parents may attend the eating portion of the Workshop in the Kilimanjaro Ballroom at 11:00 am. The Workshop will end at 12:00 pm noon in the Kilimanjaro Ballroom for picking up participants.

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Conference Agenda

Sunday

July 10, 2022

2:30 pm

Registration

2:30 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 East & West

Join us for a family friendly  barbeque featuring roasted pigs and entertainment for the whole family. Join old friends and make new ones as we kick off the conference with a bang!

 

Monday

July 11, 2022

6:30 am

Buffet Breakfast

6:30 am – 7:55 am

Location: Africa West

 

8:00 am

Keynote: The Trust Edge™: How Top Leaders and Organizations Drive Business Results through Trust

8:00 am – 9:30 am

Speaker: David Horsager, CEO and Best-Selling author, “The Trust Edge”

Trust is a fundamental, bottom line issue. Without it, leaders lose teams and organizations lose reputation, retention of good people, relationships and revenue. But with trust, individuals and organizations enjoy greater creativity, productivity, freedom and results. Through David’s industry leading research The Trust Outlook™ and firsthand experience working with the world’s highest performing organizations, David reveals how top leaders and organizations drive business results to become the most trusted in their industry.

Location: Africa East

 

9:30 am

Break

9:30 am – 10:00 am

Location: Africa Foyer

 

10:00 am

Sustainability, Today’s Consumer and the Wendy’s Approach

10:00 am – 11:00 am

Speaker: Liliana Esposito, Chief Corporate Affairs and Sustainability Officer at The Wendy’s

Location: Africa East

11:00 am

The Pork Industry Sustainability Journey: How are we doing and how do we improve and keep score? Panel Discussion

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Panel:

Dr. Sara Crawford, Sustainable Environmental Consultants

Ashley McDonald – Assistant Vice President Sustainability Development & Outreach, National Pork Board

Dr. Bradley Wolter, Chief Executive Officer, The Maschhoffs

 

 

 

 

Location: Africa East

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.

1:00 pm

All-Attendee Breakout – The Trust Edge™ 2.0

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Speaker: David Horsager

Take trust to the next level by diving deeper into three more pillars in the Trust Edge framework and gain the strategic advantage of being a trusted leader. During this interactive session, David will share more actionable takeaways for leaders to increase engagement, earn the trust of those they lead, and solve top challenges!

Location: Africa East

2:15 pm

Session 1 – Breakout Sessions (Pick 1)

2:15 pm – 3:00 pm
  • Farm Credit Services of America – The Agricultural Outlook: Opportunities and Headwinds in 2022 and Beyond – Matt Erickson, Agricultural Economic and Policy Advisor for Farm Credit Services of America and Frontier Farm Credit
  • Fast Genetics – Novel Technologies: The Changing Landscape of Swine Genetics
  • Ideas for Reducing Sow Mortality – Dr. Lucina Galina, Zoetis; Jamie Studer, Iowa State University, Emma Lasco, Zoetis
  • Nursery Production – Pillen Family Farms
  • Finishing Production
  • How do US SHIP, AgView, SPS, and CSSC work together to help me during an ASF outbreak – Dr. Dustin Oedekoven, Chief Veterinarian, National Pork Board; Dr. Tyler Holck
  • Digital Farm Management and Digital Insights – What is Possible? David Speller, OPTIFarm
  • Managing Risk During Unprecedented Times – Pat Von Tersch, Owner, Pro Ag Marketing

 

3:15 pm

Session 2 – Breakout Sessions (Pick 1)

3:15 pm – 4:00 pm
  • AP
  • Compeer Financial
  • Genesus
  • Ideas for Reducing Sow Mortality – Dr. Lucina Galina, Zoetis; Jamie Studer, Iowa State University, Emma Lasco, Zoetis
  • Nursery Production – Pillen Family Farms
  • Finishing Production
  • How do US SHIP, AgView, SPS, and CSSC work together to help me during an ASF outbreak – Dr. Dustin Oedekoven, Chief Veterinarian, National Pork Board; Dr. Tyler Holck
  • Digital Farm Management and Digital Insights – What is Possible? David Speller, OPTIFarm
  • Managing Risk During Unprecedented Times – Pat Von Tersch, Owner, Pro Ag Marketing

 

4:15 pm

Session 3 – Breakout Sessions (Pick 1)

4:15 pm – 5:00 pm
  • Elanco
  • Farm Credit Mid-America
  • Ideas for Reducing Sow Mortality – Dr. Lucina Galina, Zoetis; Jamie Studer, Iowa State University, Emma Lasco, Zoetis
  • Nursery Production – Pillen Family Farms
  • Finishing Production
  • How do US SHIP, AgView, SPS, and CSSC work together to help me during an ASF outbreak – Dr. Dustin Oedekoven, Chief Veterinarian, National Pork Board; Dr. Tyler Holck
  • Digital Farm Management and Digital Insights – What is Possible? David Speller, OPTIFarm
  • Managing Risk During Unprecedented Times – Pat Von Tersch, Owner, Pro Ag Marketing

Tuesday

July 12, 2022

6:15 am

Buffet Breakfast

6:15 am – 7:40 am

Location: Africa West

6:45 am

Early Bird Session: Fireside Chat with Our Industry CEO’s

6:45 am – 7:45 am

Location: Africa East

Bill Even, CEO, National Pork Board

Bryan Humphreys, CEO, National Pork Producers Council

8:00 am

Can You Hear Me Now? Panel Discussion

8:00 am – 9:00 am

Panel:

Rob Brenneman, Owner/Operator, Brenneman Pork

Tork and Sawyer Whisler, This’ll Do Farm

Matthew Rooda, Founder/CEO of SwineTech, Host of the Popular Pig podcast

Erin Brenneman, Brenneman Pork

Cristen Clark, Farmer and Blogger at Food and Swine 

Location: Africa East

9:00 am

Break

9:00 am – 9:15 am

Location: Africa Ballroom Foyer

9:15 am

Mainstage 1: National Pork Producers Council: Vision and Key Issues

9:15 am – 10:15 am

Speaker: Bryan Humphreys, CEO, National Pork Producers Council

Newly appointed CEO, Bryan Humphreys, will share his vision for NPPC, and his team of key NPPC Executives will updated conference attendees on key regulatory, trade and legislative issues and strategies.

Location: Africa East

9:15 am

Mainstage 2: Resiliency for Agriculture

9:15 am – 10:15 am

Speaker: – Michele Payn, Founder, Cause Matters Corp.

Michele will help conference attendees find hope, humor, and healing in protecting their mental health through the storms shaking the agricultural business. Michele brings perspective on how to change the stigma about prioritizing self-care, asking for help, and having the tough conversations with your team members.

Location: Ballroom 2-7

10:15 am

Break

10:15 am – 10:30 am

Location: Africa Ballroom Foyer

10:30 am

Mainstage 1: Opportunities and Challenges to the North American Pork Industry

10:30 am – 11:30 am

Speaker: – Christine McCracken, Executive Director, Protein Analyst, Rabobank

Location: Africa East

 

10:30 am

Mainstage 2: Embracing Diversity in the Workforce and HR Hot Topics Facing the Pork Industry

10:30 am – 11:30 am

Moderator: Shonda Sammons, 21st Century Ag Leadership

Panel:

Heidi Vittetoe, Owner, JWV Pork

Silvia  Castañeda, Human Resources Manager, Eichelberger Farms

Ben Keeble, VP of US Operations, Sunterra Farms US

Location: Ballroom 2-7

 

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 13, 2022

6:30 am

Grab n Go Breakfast

6:30 am – 7:45 am

Location: Africa West

6:45 am

Early Bird Session: What’s on Your Mind?

6:45 am – 7:45 am

Moderators: Steve Weiss and Ben Woolley

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.

Location: Africa West Breakouts

8:00 am

Health and Disease: What does the Industry Need to be Doing? Panel Discussion

8:00 am – 9:30 am

Panel:

Dr. Paul Yeske, Veterinarian and Partner, Swine Vet Center

Dr. Tyler Holck, Veterinarian and Industry Consultant, Iowa State University, Feed His People

Dr. Bruce Stewart-Brown, Senior Vice President of Technical Services and Innovation, Perdue Farms

Dr. Dustin Oedekoven, Chief Veterinarian Officer, National Pork Board

Location: Africa West Breakouts

9:30 am

Focusing on the Markets – Led by Industry Economic Experts

9:30 am – 11:00 am

Speakers: Dr. Steve Meyer & Joe Kerns, Partners for Production Agriculture

Location: Africa East

 

 

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