Business Seminars

There’s a reason why World Pork Expo is one of the most anticipated events in pork industry! Each day offers many opportunities for connection and education — from the expansive trade show and the informative seminars to industry networking and evening social events. It’s all waiting to be discovered at World Pork Expo.

Be sure to check back frequently as we are always adding new opportunities and activities to the World Pork Expo schedule!

Wednesday, June 8

12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Meeting Leads:

  • Dan Jones, Ph.D., Sr Technical Services Manager and Morgan Thayer, Ph.D., Technical Services Manager, ADM Animal Nutrition

The Science Behind Virus Inactivation: New Methodologies and Insights for Quantifying Success

Presenter: Declan C. Schroeder, Ph.D., University of Minnesota

Amino Acid Market, Current Developments & Research Focus

Presenter: Elliott Brammer, VP Amino Acids, ADM Animal Nutrition

Sponsored by: ADM
Varied Industries Building, Meeting Room B

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Sustainability Series: Sustainability of Modern Protein Production in Times of Global Supply Chain Uncertainty

Supply chain challenges. Labor shortages. Sustainability pressures. Market volatility. These are a few phrases we’ve all heard on the news frequently over the past several months. But how do these challenges directly impact the pork industry and your operation? Join us for a discussion with Ruth Kimmelshue, Corporate Senior Vice President leading Cargill Animal Nutrition, to hear a global perspective framed for the pork industry.

Ruth Kimmelshue leads Cargill’s Animal Nutrition and Health business, making her the first woman to lead one of Cargill’s five global enterprises. The animal nutrition and health enterprise leverages insights and innovation to provide livestock and aquaculture farmers as well as feed manufacturers and distributors the right solutions for the animals they raise and feed. Kimmelshue most recently built and led Cargill’s global operations and supply chain organization and served as the company’s first-ever chief sustainability officer. In addition to sustainability and corporate responsibility, she also had accountability for Cargill’s research and development organization and the communications function.

Presenter: Ruth Kimmelshue; Corporate Senior Vice President, Animal Nutrition & Health

Sponsored by: Cargill in partnership with National Pork Board
Varied Industries Building, Meeting Room D

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Economic Outlook of the Pork Industry

What does international and domestic demand for crops and pork look like? How is that impacting pork prices and pork consumption?

Dr. Dermot Hayes and Steve Elmore will take part in this interactive session covering the economic outlook of the pork industry, including global trade and domestic demand for both crops and pork and share the short and long-term outlook and price forecasts.

  • Panel Members:
    • Panel Lead - Ryan Lane, President of Animal Nutrition, North America, ADM
    • Dr. Dermot Hayes, Professor Economics, Iowa State University
    • Steve Elmore, Chief Economist, Corteva

Sponsored by: ADM in partnership with National Pork Board
Varied Industries Building, Meeting Room B

2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Perfect Plan for Fall Profitability & Beyond: Live!

Are you already thinking about how to optimize performance and profitability this fall? If not, you should be. Lucky for you, Cargill has a variety of digital tools and advice to help determine the best diet design, optimum market weights, and most profitable marketing strategies for your operation. Hear from our industry experts on this fall’s market outlook and put our tools to the test in a live, interactive presentation! With so much on the line, how could you pass up a chance to hear the perfect plan for fall?


  • Dr. Matthew Ritter, Nutrition & Technical Services Director
  • Dr. Qingyun Li, Nutritionist; Dr. Chris Parks, Nutritionist
  • Gavin Meyer, Account Manager
Sponsored by: Cargill
Varied Industries Building, Meeting Room D

Thursday, June 9

9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Panel Discussion: Gilts vs. Barrows – New Innovation for Closing the Gilt Gap

It is no secret — most of us in the industry realize that market barrows perform better than gilts. But should we look at this challenge as a cost of business or a revenue opportunity? A recent KSU-published paper has economically quantified the gilt gap at an estimated $3.60 loss/gilt for producers and about a $5.00 loss/gilt for integrators. Hear from and engage with a panel of experts discussing a new solution for both producers and processors about closing the gilt gap when it comes to pounds, carcass composition and meat quality.

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Panel members:

  • Dr. Brian Payne, Business Director, Zoetis
  • Dr. Ben Bohrer, Meat Scientist, The Ohio State University
  • Dr. Chris Hodges, Swine Industry Consultant
  • Dr. Taylor Engle, Veterinarian, Four Star Veterinary Services
Sponsored by: Zoetis
Varied Industries Building, Meeting Room DRegister to Attend