Waterloo Center for the Arts
225 Commercial Street
Waterloo, Iowa 50701-1313



12:00 pm  Registration and Exhibit Set-Up

2:30 pm - 4:30 pm    Workshop Intensives 

Beginner Organic Pork Farmer Workshop
Dan Wilson, Ron Rosemann, Mike Robertson, Producers; Daven Stender, Swine Specialist, ISU Extension & Outreach
This panel will share information on starting an organic pork operation or transitioning from conventional or niche to organic. Producers will discuss their experiences and share knowledge on such topics as economics, beginning housing systems, water systems and others. 

Advanced Organic Farmer Workshop  -  "The Advance Organic Swine Farming System"
Jude Becker, Becker Lane Farms
Jude has over 20 years of raising organic hogs in northeast Iowa. He has met and consulted with organic pork farmers from across the globe. He will share the systems he has in place now to manage his thriving organic pork operation. This session is for those who have been raising organic pork for five years or more. 

5:30 pm    "Taste of Iowa" Reception
Network with other producers, vendors and researchers while enjoying the best of what northeast Iowa organic farmers have to offer in addition to local craft brews.


7:30 am    Registration & Breakfast in Exhibit Hall

8:30 am    Welcome Keynote - Bertel Hestbjerg, Denmark's Largest Producer of Organic Pigs

9:30 am    Break in Exhibit Hall

10:00 am  Breakout Sessions, Exhibitor Hall

12:00 pm  Lunch - Organic Pork Marketing - Christie Zimmerman, Natural Grocers

1:00 pm    Breakout Sessions, Exhibitor Hall

4:00 pm    Conclusion


Conference Key Note - Bertel Hestbjerg, Denmark's Largest Producer of Organic Pigs
We are excited to be hosting Denmark's largest producer of Organic Pigs and an industry leader, Bertel Hestbjerg. He is traveling from his farm in St. Hestbjerg, Denmark to share his knowledge and experience in developing one of the largest organic pork operations in the world. 

Luncheon Keynote - Christie ZimmermanDirector of Sustainability and Food Programs, Natural Grocers
Christie will be discussing trends in what both retailers and the consumer desire and how to market to that desire.

Breakout Sessions

Herd Health
Proper Vaccination Protocols
Kurt Van Hulzen, Veterinarian 

The Natural Medicine Chest for Livestock Health and Wellness
Susan Beal, DVM

Feed & Nutrition
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

Housing Options
Reducing Piglet Pre-Weaning Mortality
Yuzhi Li, Professor, University of Minnesota

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

Transitioning from Conventional or Niche to Organic
Laura Langworthy, MOSES
Organic Certifier - 

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

Breeding & Genetics
Understanding Swine Genetics and Its Impact on Meat Quality
Steve Kearns - Farmer and Swine Breeder

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  • Kristine Winter
    published this page 2018-10-18 12:54:25 -0500