January 4, 2024

NEW ALBANY, OHIO – The Ohio Pork Council invites all producers and members of the pork
industry to attend Ohio Pork Congress – your connection to all things pork! The Ohio Pork
Congress continues its annual tradition of delivering timely, relevant, and useful information for
pork producers and everyone working in today’s pork industry when it takes place on Feb. 6-7,
2024, at the Veterans Memorial Civic and Convention Center in Lima, Ohio.

“I strongly encourage anyone involved in the pork industry to attend Ohio Pork Congress,” said
Nick Seger, Ohio Pork Council president and producer from Shelby County. “It’s truly the best
opportunity to learn what’s going on in our industry from top experts, to network with fellow
producers, and to see what’s new on the trade show floor.”

OPC attendees will not want to miss the presentation by Dr. Steve Meyer, lead economist with
Partners for Production Agriculture. He will offer his keen insights into what the rest of 2024
has in store in terms of cost of production, profitability, exports, and more. Adding even more
context on what the coming year will bring will be the National Pork Board’s Neal Hull and Jose
de Jesus as they explain what Checkoff-funded strategies are underway to boost domestic pork

The speaker line-up at the Ohio Pork Congress, the largest pork-specific tradeshow in the
Eastern Hog Belt, makes everyone’s visit worthwhile. This includes recognition of industry
leaders and a special time for everyone to support the Friends of Pork PAC. In addition to the
Ohio Pork Council Update, other educational seminars, and breakout sessions include:

  • PRRS: What’s New in the Producer Toolbox? – Dr. Scott Dee, Former Director of Research,
    Pipestone System
  •  ASF Update & What Are We Doing to Keep It Out – Dr. Patrick Webb, National Pork Board & Dr.
    Anna Forseth, NPPC
  •  Ohio Department of Animal Health Update – Dr. Kristy Shaw, Assistant Ohio State Veterinarian
  •  Get Going with the FAD Dashboard & US SHIP – Mike King, OPC
  • Manure Management & Safety – Glen Arnold, OSU
  • How Can New Technology Unlock Trapped Value? – Dr. Tom Stein, Merck
  • Feed Quality & Biosecurity – Dr. Jordan Gebhart, Kansas State University
  • On-Farm Depop & Crisis Preparedness – Dr. Andy Bowman, OSU & Dr. Andreia Arruda, OSU
  • Labor: How to Attract/Keep employees – Diane Bettin, Bettin Consulting
  • Safeguarding the Future of Pork: Connect, Engage, Protect – Hannah Thompson-Weeman,
    Animal Ag Alliance
  • Addressing Pork Demand – Neal Hull & José de Jesus, National Pork Board
  • NPPC’s Political Strategy – Chase Adams, NPPC
  • Economic Update – Dr. Steve Meyer, Lead Economist, Ever.Ag
  • Ohio Department of Ag Update – Brian Baldridge, Director, ODA

“It’s always so amazing to hear from so many enthusiastic and knowledgeable people in our
industry at Ohio Pork Congress,” said Seger. “The face-to-face networking and professional
development opportunities offered during this event don’t happen every day, which is why I’m
urging everyone to register now to be in Lima this February. Whether it’s the thought-provoking
seminars, the trade show, social activities, or simply reconnecting with industry friends, you
don’t want to miss out.”

Registration information is available at www.ohioporkcongress.org.

About The Ohio Pork Council
The Ohio Pork Council was established in 1968, beginning with nearly 800 pig farmers dedicated
to the task of promoting their own product. Currently, OPC has approximately 2,500 members.
Their mission is to serve and benefit all Ohio pork producers. To learn more about the Ohio
Pork Council, visit www.OhioPork.org or call 614-882-5887.