2020 National Pork Industry Conference COVID-19 Updates

The National Pork Industry Conference has made the decision to go 100% virtual.

Updated July 28, 2020

As we track the increase of new COVID-19 cases in the Midwest and have conversations with our sponsors, we feel for the safety of our attendees, we must go 100% virtual.

We recognize the great responsibility that we had in considering a live conference and our efforts have been to safely host a dual live/virtual conference.  We thank the Kalahari Resort for their partnership and willingness to go the extra mile in addressing our safety concerns. 

That said, we began tracking daily COVID-19 new cases and mortality in Wisconsin and contiguous states plus Indiana and Nebraska.  Since July 4, new cases have essentially doubled. We could not ignore that. The data drove our decision to go 100% virtual. It is not only the health and safety of the attendees at risk but their families and co-workers when they return home.  We have a responsibility to the pork industry and take that very seriously.

2020 Virtual Conference Approach

Our team has been doing a tremendous amount of work to add a virtual platform to the conference and we are excited to report our confidence in the value that will be delivered. The 2020 NPIC agenda will be transformed into a 100% interactive conference experience for attendees, with the option to watch sessions live streamed and on-demand.

  • Monday, August 17
    • Live 8 a.m. – Noon
    • Breakout sessions available on-demand
  • Tuesday, August 18
    • Live 8:00 a.m. – Noon
  • Wednesday, August 19
    • Live 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

All attendees currently registered for the conference will be transferred to a virtual ticket automatically. More information will be sent in the next two weeks in how to access the virtual conference.

Due to COVID-19, the 21st Century Strategic Forums team is working with the Kalahari Resort to take necessary precautions and maximize safety for all conference attendees.

Updated July 6, 2020

Sunday Evening BBQ & Registration – New larger space will be utilized for the BBQ to accommodate social distancing. No exchange of funds for additional BBQ guests to eliminate crowding and high touchpoints. Touchless registration system to eliminate lines and removal of paper registration packets.    

Conference Breakout Rooms – Reconfigured meeting room layouts and additional convention center space will accommodate physical distancing best practices and ample space to spread seating appropriately.

Meals – Buffet meals will be removed and replaced with Kalahari served or plated meals. Breakfasts and coffee breaks will focus on house-packaged, single use or refillable options.

Hotel – The Kalahari has implemented many measures to ensure the safety of guests and conference attendees. More of what they are doing here – https://www.kalahariresorts.com/what-we-are-doing-to-ensure-a-safe-getaway/

National Pork Industry Conference (NPIC) Postponed to August 2020

Updated April 13, 2020

Out of an abundance of caution and after careful consideration the 21st Century Strategic Forums team has made the decision to move the annual conference from July 12-15 to August 16-19, 2020.

We hope that this decision allows for the greatest opportunity to deliver a successful, full value conference to our sponsors and attendees. We continue to carefully monitor the ongoing COVID-19 situation and remain hopeful that over the next 15-30 days our country will see positive results from the extensive measures and sacrifices our US citizens are taking. Thank you for your continued support, open discussions and encouragement. We look forward to seeing you in August!

The 2020 National Pork Industry Conference (NPIC) is currently on schedule for July 12-15, 2020 in Wisconsin Dells, WI.

Updated March 26, 2020

The 21st Century Strategic Forums team is committed to communicating with our attendees as our country faces uncertainties regarding the spread of COVID-19. There is nothing more important to us than the health and safety of our attendees, sponsors, families, friends and our communities. Like many, we are concerned and we are doing what we can to stay up-to-date on the latest related to COVID-19.