2019 Conference Review

Thank you to the over 120 Attendees, Exhibitors, Presenters and Sponsors who made the 
First Midwest Organic Pork Conference such a success!!  


Starting an Organic Pork Operation Workshop

Dan Wilson, Ron Rosemann, Mike Robertson, Kate Mendenhall, Producers
Dave Stender, Swine Specialist, ISU Extension & Outreach

Advanced Organic Farmer Workshop - "The Advance Organic Swine Farming System"
Jude Becker, Becker Lane Organic


Conference Key Note - Bertel Hestbjerg, Denmark's Largest Producer of Organic Pigs

Lunch Keynote - Christie Zimmerman - Director of Sustainability and Food Programs, Natural Grocers

Breakout Sessions

Improving Performance on Grow to Finish Organic Pigs with Small Grains
Tom Frantzen, Organic Pork Farmer

Nutritional Needs of Healthy Pigs 
Dr. Lee Johnston, Professor, University of Minnesota

Proper Vaccination Protocols
Kurt Van Hulzen, Veterinarian 

Reducing Piglet Pre-Weaning Mortality

Yuzhi Li, Professor, University of Minnesota

Facility Options for Organic Pork Production
James Frantzen, Farmer and Owner, Riverside Feeds

Learn best practices for direct marketing of your product to retailers
Jude Becker, Becker Lane Organic
Bertel Hestbjerg, Denmark

The Pros & Cons of Pasture and Non-Pasture Methods for Raising Organic Hogs
Tom Frantzen, Organic Pork Farmer
Dan Wilson, Organic Pork Farmer

The Organic Certification Process for Both Livestock and Crops
Chris Barnier, MOSES  

Understanding Swine Genetics and Its Impact on meat quality
Steve Kerns – Kerns Farms