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July 10, 2022

2:30 pm


2:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Location: Kalahari Convention Center, Africa Ballroom Foyer

6:30 pm


6:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Location: Kalahari Convention Center, Africa East & West

Food Served – 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Entertainment Starts – 8:00 p.m.

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!



July 11, 2022

6:30 am

Buffet Breakfast

6:30 am – 7:55 am

Location: Africa West


7:00 am

NPIC Networking Event for Interns & New Employees

7:00 am – 7:30 am

Location: Africa Breakout Room 50

Are you an intern or new employee attending the conference for the first time? Please join us for a special Networking event before the conference kicks off at 8:00 a.m.  Grab a cup of coffee and get engaged with industry leaders, peers, and learn how to make the most out of the conference!


8:00 am

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

8:00 am – 9:15 am

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

Trust is a fundamental, bottom line issue. Without it, leaders lose teams, organizations and industries 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, organizations and industries drive business results to become the most trusted.

Location: Africa East


9:15 am


9:15 am – 9:45 am

Location: Africa Foyer


9:45 am

Channeling our Customers: Wendy’s Approach to Today’s Consumer and their Views on Quality and Sustainability

9:45 am – 10:45 am

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

Best known for its iconic square hamburgers and indulgent classics like the Baconator, Wendy’s has built its reputation and its consumer following on a commitment to quality and never cutting corners. As one of the largest purveyors of bacon in the quick service restaurant industry, Wendy’s also knows and cares a lot about today’s pork consumer. Interest in food and where it comes from has never been higher, with quality, sustainability and production practices top-of-mind across consumer groups. This session will provide a view on consumer trends and interests that directly impact the pork industry as a whole.

Location: Africa East

10:45 am

Offensive or Defensive? How U.S. Pork’s Sustainability Strategy is Both: Panel Discussion

10:45 am – 12:00 pm

Everyday pork producers practice being sustainable by doing what’s right for people, pigs, and the planet and have made great strides over the years. Pork industry experts and leaders will take the stage to discuss the pork industry’s (and others) sustainability progress, new tools to help producers achieve even more, and what it will take for the industry to get credit for their efforts as the goal posts continually move. 


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

Dr. Sara Crawford, Sustainable Environmental Consultants

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, CEO and Best-Selling author, “The Trust Edge”

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

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2:15 pm

Session 1 – Breakout Sessions (Pick 1)

2:15 pm – 3:00 pm


3:15 pm

Session 2 – Breakout Sessions (Pick 1)

3:15 pm – 4:00 pm


4:15 pm

Session 3 – Breakout Sessions (Pick 1)

4:15 pm – 5:00 pm
4:15 pm

Movie Matinee: Hog Farmer: The Trials of Joey Carter Documentary

4:15 pm – 6:00 pm

Location: Suite A

Special guest: Roy Lee Lindsey, CEO, North Carolina Pork Council, will be present to answer Q&A at the conclusion of the film.

The film offers a rare look into modern agriculture – through one family facing the weight of lawsuits that target their farm as a public nuisance. With unprecedented access, the story takes viewers from the farm to the courtroom – and a verdict. A powerful story with key learnings for the pork industry.

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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

8:00 am

Can You Hear Me Now? Panel Discussion

8:00 am – 9:00 am

As pork farmers continue to strive to provide the most sustainable meat available, we ask ourselves, is our story being told and if we don’t tell it, who will? Farmers are natural leaders who are resilient and are always testing conventional wisdom, but with this comes a humbleness. A humbleness and pride that doesn’t always boast the good in the everyday. A panel of well-known pork industry advocates will join the conference to challenge and teach producers how to take responsibility for telling our story and have producers leaving saying, “Can You Hear Me Now?”.


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

National Pork Producers Council: Vision and Key Issues

9:00 am – 10:00 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 update conference attendees on key regulatory, trade and legislative issues and strategies.

Location: Africa East


9:00 am

Smithfield Youth Workshop

9:00 am – 11:30 am

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

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.

10:00 am


10:00 am – 10:30 am

Location: Africa Ballroom Foyer

10:30 am

Mainstage 1: Opportunities and Threats Facing the U.S. Pork Industry

10:30 am – 11:30 am

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

Christine McCracken has been a leading analyst in the U.S. meat sector for many years, and her exposure to other proteins and global markets in her role at Rabobank, a leading international agricultural lender, provides for a well informed and extensive perspective on our industry.  Christine will discuss the key opportunities and existential threats facing the North American pork industry, and challenge us to seize this moment to strengthen our position.

Location: Africa East


10:30 am

Mainstage 2: Resiliency for Agriculture

10:30 am – 11:30 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 A-H

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

1:00 pm

Movie Matinee: Hog Farmer: The Trials of Joey Carter Documentary

1:00 pm – 2:45 pm

Location: Africa 10 Room

The film offers a rare look into modern agriculture – through one family facing the weight of lawsuits that target their farm as a public nuisance. With unprecedented access the story takes viewers from the farm to the courtroom – and a verdict. A powerful story with key learnings for the pork industry.

View Trailer


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 – 9:45 am

Is the US swine herd health improving? Many would say no, in fact, some would say it’s worsening. As an industry, what will we do to improve health for the future?

Poultry and swine industry leaders will dive into learnings from the poultry industry’s experience with disease, management practices and tools like NPIP to control disease. They will then take a deep dive in a panel discussion on application to US swine herd health – vertical transmission, grow-finish biosecurity and prioritization of swine diseases to improve health. The session will conclude with a broader look at foreign threats like ASF, with an update from USDA Administrator and a final robust Q&A session with conference attendees.



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

Dr. Tyler Holck, Senior Program Coordinator, US SHIP

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

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

Dr. Jack Shere, Associate Administrator for Veterinary Services, USDA, APHIS


Location: Africa East

9:45 am

Focusing on the Markets – Led by Industry Economic Experts

9:45 am – 11:15 am

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

Location: Africa East