October 21, 2018
Contact: Rosalyn Lehman


Midwest Organic Pork Conference Release

Kris Winter, Conference Coordinator

Iowa to Host Second Annual Midwest Organic Pork Conference March 13-14, 2020

The only pork conference of its kind in the United States.

November 15, 2019 – Des Moines, Iowa -- The Iowa Organic Association (IOA) will host the 2020 Midwest Organic Pork Conference (MOPC) in Dubuque, Iowa on March 13-14, 2020. Based on the success of the inaugural conference in March of 2019 and the continued need for more resources and information available to help expand opportunities for organic and natural pork production and distribution, the Iowa Organic Association, along with an Advisory Committee, is planning the second annual conference.  More information is available at MidwestOrganicPorkConference.org.

Conference topics again will include Herd Health, Feed & Nutrition, Housing Options, Soil Health, Transitioning to Organic, Genetics & Breeding, Marketing and Economics.  Additional topics under consideration our Bio-Security, Organic Processing Certification and Gap Certification. 

“The MOPC provides a venue to bring together a diverse group of expert organic and niche hog farmers, organic researchers, industry experts and others who share available research, best production practices and technical assistance for organic hog production with apprentice, transitioning and organic farmers from across the Midwest,” says Rosalyn Lehman, Iowa Organic Association executive director. “This conference will further motivate interest in developing new research networks to support an expanding organic hog industry.”

Why the Need?
MOPC is a response to an unmet, rising market demand for locally-produced organic pork. Currently there is a lack of both U.S. agricultural research on organic hog production and a limited number of swine veterinarians and professionals knowledgeable about the health and nutritional needs of organic hogs – especially those that supplement much of their diet with forage.

The conference is supported by the Iowa Organic Association and other sponsor partners.  To learn more about becoming a conference sponsor or exhibitor, visit MidwestOrganicPorkConference.org.

The Midwest Organic Pork Conference will be held at the Hotel Julien on Friday, March 13 and Saturday, March 14, 2029  More information is available at MidwestOrganicPorkConference.org.

 About Iowa Organic Association
The Iowa Organic Association (IOA) is a statewide, 501(c)3  non-profit organization committed to organic education, advocacy and cooperation. Our membership is a diverse community of Iowa’s organic farmers, gardeners, food and farm businesses, advocates and consumers who are devoted to building a more sustainable Iowa. More information at IowaOrganic.org.


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