AnSci Connection - February 2015


♦ Notes from the Department Head ♦

Dr. Bill DaytonIt’s February and our students are back on campus, classes are in session, and our department is busy with teaching, research and extension activities. Many of these activities are highlighted in this newsletter. We invite you to read about them and get to know our programs and the individuals who make them happen.

Our strategic planning process is continuing. The faculty committee responsible for organizing the strategic planning process has identified a facilitator to lead our effort. As part of this process we will be contacting industry and producer stake holders, undergraduate and graduate students, alumni, and faculty to get input on where the department’s current strengths are and where we should look for opportunities in the future. If you are contacted, please respond to the questions asked. Your responses are an important contribution to developing our strategic plan and shaping the future directions of the department.

This is a busy and exciting time for the department. In addition to initiating our strategic planning process, we are at various stages in filling three faculty positions. Interviews for the Dairy Decision Analytics position are completed and a hiring decision will be made soon. Additionally, a candidate pool for the Genomics position will be selected in the next few weeks. We also are in the process of finalizing the description for a faculty position in beef reproduction/nutrition that will be based at the North Central Research and Outreach Center in Grand Rapids.

We want to thank you for your interest in our department and your contributions to both the hiring process and the strategic planning process. We value your input which will be very beneficial in shaping the future of our department.

All the best.

Dr. William R. Dayton
Department Head


♦ Faculty Highlights ♦
 

Dr. Jerry Shurson

Dr. Jerry ShursonGerald (Jerry) Shurson grew up in southern Minnesota on a diversified dairy cattle and swine farm. He received his B.S. degree in Animal Science and Agricultural Economics at the University of Minnesota and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in swine nutrition at Michigan State University in East Lansing. From 1986 to 1990, Dr. Shurson was Assistant Professor and Extension Swine Specialist at The Ohio State University. In 1990, he returned to the University of Minnesota and is currently Professor with responsibilities for research, on-campus teaching, and extension programs related to swine nutrition.

Dr. Shurson has many diverse interests and his scholarly activities have evolved over time. In his early career, his primary focus was on extension programming, where one of his unique contributions was the development and implementation of decision analytical tools and information management platforms to improve efficiency and profitability of pork production systems. He was recognized for his outstanding contributions in extension with the ASAS/ADSA Outstanding Extension Specialist Award in 1995. Upon returning to Minnesota, his responsibilities were primarily focused on on-campus teaching. He was the first faculty member in the department to develop and teach an on-line course (Swine Nutrition) in 2001. His excellence in teaching and contributions to undergraduate education earned him the Outstanding Teacher Award from the College of Agriculture, Food, and Environmental Sciences Student Board in 1999.

During the past 13 years, Dr. Shurson’s program has evolved into a dynamic and diverse research program. Dr. Shurson is best known for his research on determining the feeding value, benefits, and limitations of dried distiller’s grains with solubles (DDGS) in swine diets. His numerous publications and presentations on this topic have had a global impact on the livestock and feed industry, and have been instrumental in expanding the domestic and export market for DDGS for the U.S. ethanol industry. In recognition of his contributions to DDGS and corn co-product research, technical advising, and international market development, Shurson received the 2012 Award of Excellence, which is the highest award given by the U.S. ethanol industry. In addition, he was selected as the recipient of the American Feed Industry Association Nonruminant Nutrition Research Award in 2014

Dr. Shurson attributes much of the success of his research program to the “power” of collaboration. He collaborates with numerous faculty in the departments of Animal Science, Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering, Applied Economics, Food Science and Nutrition, and the College of Veterinary Medicine and has developed long-term collaborations with Dr. Brian Kerr (USDA-ARS) in Ames, IA, and others in universities across North America. Some of these collaborations have enabled him to expand his research program beyond swine to include poultry and aquaculture. Jerry and Dr. Montse Torremorell are Co-PI’s on a multi-collegiate project with the long-term vision of developing a Food Centric Corridor to enhance health and productivity of food producing animals. The first stage of this project involved obtaining a $780,000 grant to purchase much needed state-of-the art analytical equipment to support collaborative research programs among faculty in both colleges.

During this past year, in addition to research projects funded by the MN and National Pork Board, MN Corn Growers and AURI, and other feed industry supported research projects, Dr. Shurson has been involved in 3 MN Drive Global Food Ventures projects. He is Principal Investigator on one of these projects, and collaborates with several researchers on the other two. Most recently, his colleague and collaborator, Dr. Margareth Overland at Norwegian University of Life Sciences received funding for a 4-year, $6 million research project (Feed Mileage), as well as an additional 8-year, $29 million research project (Foods of Norway). Both of these projects involve nutritional evaluation of novel feed ingredients and processing methods to enhance energy and nutritional efficiency of food producing animals. Jerry and his team of collaborators (Drs. Milena Saqui-Salces – gut physiology, Chi Chen - metabolomics, and Pedro Urriola - swine nutrition) are integral research partners in these multi-discipline, multi-species projects along with scientists from several other international universities and industry.

Dr. Shurson has developed a strong international presence resulting from his progressive research and extension programs. In addition to his collaborations in Norway, he also collaborates with researchers in China and Thailand. Graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and visiting scholars are also a vital part of Dr. Shurson’s research program. He serves on numerous graduate student committees and has advised over 30 Ph.D. and M.S. students. One of his current M.S. students (Michaela Trudeau) is currently conducting her research at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences and several graduate students from Norway will be coming to the U of M to develop new research skills and conduct a portion of their research in the coming years.


♦ News & Announcements ♦
 

MLBA Hall of Fame Inductees Announced for 2015

The Minnesota Livestock Breeders Association (MLBA) has announced the 2015 inductees into the Hall of Fame. They are:

  • Dr. Les Hansen (Service Award), Distinguished Teaching Professor, Department of Animal Science
     
  • Joe & Evelyn Stransky (Breeder Award), Holstein cattle, Owatonna, MN
     
  • Al & Mark Schmitt (Breeder Award), Holstein cattle, Royalton, MN
     
  • Russ Seath (Pioneer Award), leader in the field of A.I. for cattle in southern Minnesota

More details will be forthcoming.

The annual induction luncheon will be at noon on Thursday, March 19, in the North Star Ballroom, U of M St. Paul Campus Student Center. The public is invited. To reserve tickets, please contact Steve Pooch at steve.pooch@mnstatefair.org.

The MLBA Hall of Fame is located on the main floor of Haecker Hall.


New Way to Recertify for PQA Plus & TQA

You can now recertify for PQA Plus and TQA online. In order to do this, you must have been previously certified in the program that you need recertification in AND your certification in that program must be current.

To recertify online, contact U of M Swine Extension Educator Sarah Schieck (schi0466@umn.edu or 320-589-1711) or another PQA Plus Advisor or TQA Advisor to get access to the online recertification course. For TQA recertification, online recertification can only be done every other time that you recertify.


Don't Miss 2015 Cow-Calf Days

This year's Minnesota Cow-Calf Days will include Agency Updates from Minnesota Department of Agriculture and NRCS as well as the presentations by U of M Extension Beef Team members on the topics of Incorporating Cover Crops into Forage Systems (Eric Mousel), The Future of the 'New' Beef Industry (Alfredo DiCostanzo), and Record Keeping for Cow-Calf Producers (Nicole Rambo).

The Cow-Calf Days southern tour will be in Mora (Feb 9), Willmar (Feb 10), Pipestone (Feb 11), Rochester (Feb 12), and Le Center (Feb 13). The northern tour will be in Staples (Feb 24, a.m.), Bagley (Feb 24, p.m.), Lancaster (Feb 25), Warroad (Feb 26), and Grand Rapids (Feb 27).

For more information about the 2015 Minnesota Cow-Calf Days, contact Eric Mousel at emmousel@umn.edu or 218-327-4490.

2015 Cow-Calf Days image


2015 Carver County Dairy Expo imageTop-Notch Line-Up for Carver County Dairy Expo

Plan on attending the 23rd Annual Carver County Dairy Expo on February 16 at Central High School in Norwood Young America, MN. This year's top-notch program includes a keynote presentation on Automatic Calf Feeders with a producer panel, and 6 breakout workshops presented by experts from the U of M, W.H. Miner Institute, and University of Delaware. Breakout session topics include Cow Comfort Economics, Starch Utilization, Cow Hoof Health Management, Creating the Perfect Dining Experience for Your Cows, Shredlage/Silage, and Top 10 Calf Management Strategies.

Fifty vendors will be on hand to share their products and services. Raffle prizes include Chanhassen Dinner Theatre tickets and CA$H prizes! Tickets are $10 at the door and include a hot lunch and notes from the speakers. For the most up-to-date information on the event, visit z.umn.edu/expo2015.

The Carver County Dairy Expo is hosted by U of M Extension-Carver County and the 2015 Dairy Core Team.


You're Invited to CFANS Speed Networking 2015!

Speed Networking is a great opportunity for successful graduates and professionals from around the Twin Cities to meet and share their career experiences with current students. 

Students: Perfect your networking skills by practicing with alumni and industry professionals and learning about their careers! Professionals from a variety of CFANS disciplines are invited to participate in the event, so you will be able to have conversations with those alumni in career paths that most interest you.

Alumni/Professionals: Help students get the hang of networking by sharing information about your career path, learning about their interests, and offering advice!  

When: Thursday, February 26
5:30-6pm - Light dinner, sign-in
6-7:30pm - Speed Networking Program

Where: Cargill Building, St. Paul Campus
Refreshments from Qdoba will be provided

Please RSVP:
Students
Professionals
Learn more about the event on the CFANS Speed Networking website.

What to expect: Think speed dating with a professional twist. The speed networking program is divided into six 10-minute sessions. Groups of 2-4 students will join a professional at their table to introduce themselves, talk about their career interests, ask questions, and get advice. Every 10 minutes, the students will move to a different professional for another round of networking. Students will receive information about the professionals in attendance prior to the event.

Hope to see you there! Please contact Masha Finn at mfinn@umn.edu / 612-624-9957 with any questions.

Event sponsored by the CFANS Alumni Society and the CFANS Student Board.


44 Years of Poultry Excellence

The Midwest Poultry Federation (MPF) Convention is the largest regional poultry show in the U.S. with approximately 2,200 participants annually. Attend exceptional education workshops on a variety of topics for the turkey, egg layer, broiler and specialty poultry industries, visit the exhibit halls to learn about the latest technology, equipment and health products, and connect and network at the Fellowship Breakfast featuring speaker Dr. Temple Grandin. All this and more at the 44th MPF Convention taking place March 17-19 at Saint Paul RiverCentre, St. Paul, MN.

Find registration information, keep up-to-date on convention news, and look for program details and more on the convention website.

MPF is a nonprofit organization. All revenue generated from the Convention goes back to its members (comprised of 12 poultry associations in the Midwest) and to support poultry programs.

Midwest Poultry Federation Convention logo 2015


Classes Without Quizzes logoClasses Without Quizzes

CFANS invites you to attend Classes Without Quizzes, the annual half-day learning event, on Saturday, March 28 (8:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.) at the Continuing Education and Conference Center on the U of M St. Paul Campus. This year's program will feature keynote speaker Brian Horgan, a professor and Extension specialist in the Department of Horticultural Sciences. Brian's presentation will be on the Science of (the) GreenSM, a renovation, demonstration and research initiative addressing the golf industry's need for long-term agronomic, economic and environmental sustainability.

Classes Without Quizzes offers breakout sessions covering the latest research from CFANS scientists on a wide variety of topics, and youth K-6 will learn how fun science can be in a special Kids' Edition program.

For more information, please contact Holly Klinger at kling175@umn.edu or 612-624-0822.


Borealis Night of Excellence imageSave the Date for 9th Annual Borealis Night of Excellence

The Borealis Night of Excellence is an annual event to celebrate and recognize the achievements and contributions of outstanding members of the CFANS community. Very deserving award recipients will be honored this year on April 22. Save the date and plan to attend!

Watch for more information to come from CFANS Alumni Relations. Questions about the Borealis Night of Excellence may be directed to Holly Klinger at 612-624-0822 or kling@umn.edu.

Borealis Night of Excellence is co-sponsored by the CFANS Student Board and CFANS Alumni Society.


2015 Minnesota Dairy Health Conference

Registration is now open for the 2015 Minnesota Dairy Health Conference! This year's conference is taking place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel & Suites MSP Airport-Mall of America, May 6-8 (includes pre-conference date). The conference program is packed with exciting, informative presentations from top practice and applied research speakers on topics such as animal welfare, disease prevention and management, and housing. Check out conference details here.

Enhance your conference experience by adding one of the practical pre-conference sessions: Developing a Lameness Program; Use of Dairy Comp 305 to Assess a Farm’s Reproductive Performance; and Addressing Labor Challenges on Dairy Farms). Pre-conference sessions will be held on Wednesday, May 6, and space for pre-conference attendees is limited, so register early to guarantee your spot! Earn over 19 CE hours by attending all three conference days.

Special room rates of $125/night (plus applicable taxes) are available at the Crowne Plaza Hotel & Suites MSP Airport-Mall of America, 3 Appletree Square, Bloomington, MN, for May 4-9. Reservations may be made online or by calling 800-227-6963 (be sure to mention 'University of Minnesota Dairy Conference'). Visit Registration and Hotel Accommodations for more information. Make your reservations early – the special rate is available through April 15 or until the room block is sold out.

Minnesota Dairy Health Conference logo 2015


Group photo in ItalyTake a CFANS Alumni Global Learning Adventure to Italy

Get a taste of the Italian experience with CFANS alumni and friends in the exciting global adventure, Traditional Agriculture, Wines, and Foods of Italy. From Cinque Terre to Chianti, learn about organic winemaking, traditional farming methods, modern enology and land management practices along spectacular views of the Mediterranean coast. Take a traditional fishing boat tour of the Cinque Terre coastline, learn about olive trees from an Italian expert, visit a Pecorino cheese producer in Tuscany, and more (see program itinerary).

Reserve your spot now for the next adventure to Italy on October 2-11, 2015, led by instructor Mike White who will share with you his fascination and appreciation of other cultures. Mike is a Morse Alumni Distinguished Professor in CFANS and Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Faculty Affairs. Since 2007, he has led a group of approximately 25 students yearly to various regions of Italy for the course in Sustainable Food Systems of Italy.

Check out CFANS Alumni Global Learning Adventures on Facebook page, and take a look at some of the photos from the 2013 program.

Questions? Contact Mary Buschette at 612-624-1745 or mbuschet@umn.edu.


♦ Graduate Student Profile ♦
 

Mauricio RosalesMauricio Rosales

Mauricio Rosales is pursuing a Master’s degree in Animal Science with emphasis in nutritional physiology under the direction of Dr. Brian Crooker. Mauricio’s research focuses on dietary supplements to increase milk yield and performance in dairy cattle.

Mauricio is originally from Quito-Ecuador. He obtained his B.S. degree in Farming Science from Army Polytechnic School ESPE-IASA in 2012. Before finishing his undergraduate studies, he applied for an agricultural exchange program in the U.S. and became a student trainee at a 600-cow dairy farm in New Richmond, WI, for one year in 2009. After graduation in 2012, Mauricio participated in the U of M's MAST program and went back to New Richmond to work at the same dairy farm for a year and a half, but this time as a herdsman’s assistant.

Mauricio enjoys swimming, biking, dancing, running, and outdoor activities in the summer time. He loves to hang out with friends and try new restaurants in the metro area. Additionally, he has a big interest in learning languages and cultures, as well as traveling and music.

In the future, Mauricio would like to share his experience and expertise by working with small farmers and students.


♦ Congratulations ♦
 

Dr. Les Hansen is the recipient of the Minnesota Livestock Breeders Association (MBLA) Service Award and will be inducted in the MLBA Hall of Fame in March.

Crystal Langeberg and husband Andy are expecting their 2nd child, a little brother or sister for son Logan (19 months). Crystal's due date is July 13, which is the same date as Logan's 2nd birthday.


♦ Calendar of Events ♦
 

- February -

4 - Certification Classes: PQA Plus (9:00 a.m.-Noon) / TQA Training (1:00-4:00 p.m.), University Center Rochester, Heinz Center, Rochester, MN. Classes are free but pre-registration is requested; email colleen@mnpork.com or call 1-800-537-7675.

4 - SowBridge "Sow Lactation: What's Happening Between the Sow and Litter" - Walter Hurley, U of IL. Look for more information on the U of M Swine Extension website: www.extension.umn.edu/agriculture/swine/. Contact: Sarah Schieck, 320-589-1711 or schi0466@umn.edu.

4-7 - National Beef Industry Convention, San Antonio, TX.

5 - Campus Climate: From Conversation to Action (9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.), Coffman Union, Great Hall. RSVP here.

5 - MTGA-CEAM Poultry Day at the Capitol, State Capitol, St. Paul, MN. Registration information. Contact: Erica Nelson, enelson@minnesotaturkey.com or 763-682-2171.

5 - PorkBridge "Preparing for Third Party Audits" - Matt Jones, Validus. Look for more information on the U of M Swine Extension website: www.extension.umn.edu/agriculture/swine/. Contact: Sarah Schieck, 320-589-1711 or schi0466@umn.edu.

5 - Strategies to Manage Phosphorus on Livestock Farms, Sibley County Service Center, Gaylord, MN. Registration 9:30 a.m.; Program 10:00-2:00. Contact: Julie Sievert, 507-237-4106.

6 - Strategies to Manage Phosphorus on Livestock Farms, Lion's Building, Rice, MN. Registration 9:30 a.m.; Program 10:00-2:00. Contact: Emily Wilmes, 320-255-6169.

9 - Dairy Producer Series: Beginning the Process of Farm Transition, State Bank of New Prague, New Prague, MN.

9 - Cow-Calf Days (5:30 p.m.), Kanabec County Jail Room, Mora, MN. Contact: Eric Mousel, emmousel@umn.edu or 218-327-4490.

10 - Cow-Calf Days (9:30 a.m.), Mid-Central ROC, Willmar, MN. Contact: Eric Mousel, emmousel@umn.edu or 218-327-4490.

11 - Cow-Calf Days (9:30 a.m.), MN West Community College, Pipestone, MN. Contact: Eric Mousel, emmousel@umn.edu or 218-327-4490.

11 - Environmental Internship & Career Fair (1:00-5:00 p.m.), North Star Ballroom, Student Center, U of M St. Paul Campus

11-14 - National Turkey Federation Annual Convention, Caribe Hilton, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

12 - Dairy Producer Series: Low Cost Parlor Options & Economics of Low Cost Parlors vs. Robots, Glencoe City Center, Glencoe, MN.

16 - 23rd Annual Carver County Dairy Expo (9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.), Central High School, Norwood Young America, MN.

17 - Strategies to Manage Phosphorus on Livestock Farms, Wilson Town Fire Hall, Wilson, MN. Registration 10:00 a.m.; Program 10:30-2:00. Contact: Jake Overgaard, 507-457-6440.

18 - Strategies to Manage Phosphorus on Livestock Farms, Morrison County Government Center, Little Falls, MN. Registration 9:30 a.m.; Program 10:00-2:00. Contact: Emily Wilmes, 320-255-6169.

18 - Certification Classes: PQA Plus (9:00 a.m.-Noon) / TQA Training (1:00-4:00 p.m.), Minnesota Pork Board Office, Mankato, MN. Classes are free but pre-registration is requested; email colleen@mnpork.com or call 1-800-537-7675.

19 - Strategies to Manage Phosphorus on Livestock Farms, Meeker County Courthouse, Litchfield, MN. Registration 10:30 a.m.; Program 11:00-2:00. Contact: Nathan Winter, 320-693-5275.

20 - Strategies to Manage Phosphorus on Livestock Farms, Cold Spring Legion, Cold Spring, MN. Registration 9:30 a.m.; Program 10:00-2:00. Contact: Emily Wilmes, 320-255-6169.

20 - U of M Job & Internship Fair (10:00 am-4:00 p.m.), Minneapolis Convention Center. Registration information.

24 - Cow-Calf Days (9:30 a.m.), Central Lakes College, Staples, MN. Contact: Eric Mousel, emmousel@umn.edu or 218-327-4490.

24 - Cow-Calf Days (5:30 p.m.), American Legion, Bagley, MN. Contact: Eric Mousel, emmousel@umn.edu or 218-327-4490.

25 - Cow-Calf Days (5:30 p.m.), Community Center, Lancaster, MN. Contact: Eric Mousel, emmousel@umn.edu or 218-327-4490.

26 - Cow-Calf Days (5:30 p.m.), Springsteel Resort, Warroad, MN. Contact: Eric Mousel, emmousel@umn.edu or 218-327-4490.

26 - Strategies to Manage Phosphorus on Livestock Farms, Sauk Centre City Hall Chambers, Sauk Centre, MN. Registration 9:30 a.m.; Program 10:00-2:00. Contact: Emily Wilmes, 320-255-6169.

27 - Strategies to Manage Phosphorus on Livestock Farms, Wright County Government Center, Buffalo, MN. Registration 12:00 noon; Program 12:30-3:00 p.m. Contact: Rod Greder, 763-682-7394.

27 - Cow-Calf Days (5:30 p.m.), North Central ROC, Grand Rapids MN. Contact: Eric Mousel, emmousel@umn.edu or 218-327-4490.

- March -

3 - Strategies to Manage Phosphorus on Livestock Farms, Fillmore County Office Building, Preston, MN. Registration 10:00 a.m.; Program 10:30-2:00. Contact: Kristi Ruesink, 507-765-3896.

4 - Certification Classes: PQA Plus (9:00 a.m.-Noon) / TQA Training (1:00-4:00 p.m.), AmericInn, Marshall, MN. Classes are free but pre-registration is requested; email colleen@mnpork.com or call 1-800-537-7675.

4 - SowBridge "Swine ID Plan Update - Supporting Swine with PINs and PIN Tags" - Patrick Webb, National Pork Board. Look for more information on the U of M Swine Extension website: www.extension.umn.edu/agriculture/swine/. Contact: Sarah Schieck, 320-589-1711 or schi0466@umn.edu.

4 - Strategies to Manage Phosphorus on Livestock Farms, Murray County Courts Building, Slayton, MN. Registration 10:00 a.m.; Program 10:30-2:00. Contact: Melissa Runck, 507-836-6927.

5 - Strategies to Manage Phosphorus on Livestock Farms, McLeod County Fairgrounds, Hutchinson, MN. Registration 10:30 a.m.; Program 11:00-2:00. Contact: Nathan Winter, 320-484-4334.

9 - Dairy Producer Series: Calf Management, State Bank of New Prague, New Prague, MN.

10 - Emerging Professionals Network: Surly Taproom (5:30-7:30 p.m.), Surly Brewing Beer Hall, Minneapolis, MN. Contact: Masha Finn, 612-624-9957, mfinn@umn.edu.

11 - Dairy Producer Series: Beginning the Process of Farm Transition, Sibley County Service Center, Gaylord, MN.

12 - MAMP Pre-Convention Workshop: "Value-Added Meat Processing" (1:00-5:00 p.m.), St. Joseph Meat Market, St. Joseph, MN.

13-14 - Minnesota Association of Meat Processors (MAMP) Convention, River's Edge Convention Center, St. Cloud, MN.

16-18 - ADSA/ASAS Midwest Section Meetings, Des Moines, IA

16-20 - Spring Break.

17-19 - Midwest Poultry Federation Convention, Saint Paul RiverCentre, St. Paul, MN.

19 - Minnesota Livestock Breeders Association (MBLA) Annual Luncheon, North Star Ballroom, U of M St. Paul Campus. Contact: Steve Pooch, steve.pooch@mnstatefair.org.

19 - Strategies to Manage Phosphorus on Livestock Farms, MN West, Pipestone, MN. Registration 10:00 a.m.; Program 10:30-2:00. Contact: Melissa Runck, 507-836-6927.

24-26 - Central Plains Dairy Expo, Convention Center, Sioux Falls, SD.

25 - Certification Classes: PQA Plus (9:00 a.m.-Noon) / TQA Training (1:00-4:00 p.m.), West Central ROC, Morris, MN. Classes are free but pre-registration is requested; email colleen@mnpork.com or call 1-800-537-7675.

26 - Strategies to Manage Phosphorus on Livestock Farms, Houston County Justice Center, Caledonia, MN. Registration 10:00 a.m.; Program 10:30-2:00. Contact: Steve Richette, 507-725-5807.

28 - 14th Annual Classes Without Quizzes.

- April -

1 - Certification Classes: PQA Plus (9:00 a.m.-Noon) / TQA Training (1:00-4:00 p.m.), Rice Lions Bldg, Rice, MN. Classes are free but pre-registration is requested; email colleen@mnpork.com or call 1-800-537-7675.

1 - SowBridge "PEDv: What is New and What Have We Learned" - Bob Morrison, U of M. Look for more information on the U of M Swine Extension website: www.extension.umn.edu/agriculture/swine/. Contact: Sarah Schieck, 320-589-1711 or schi0466@umn.edu.

2 - PorkBridge "Controlling Pests - Insects & Rodents" - Roger Moon, U of M; John Beller, Beller Biosecurity Strategies, Inc. Look for more information on the U of M Swine Extension website: www.extension.umn.edu/agriculture/swine/. Contact: Sarah Schieck, 320-589-1711 or schi0466@umn.edu.

6 - Dairy Producer Series: Emergency/Disaster Preparedness at the Dairy, State Bank of New Prague, New Prague, MN.

9 - Dairy Producer Series: Dairy by the Numbers, McLeod County Fairgrounds, Hutchinson, MN.

13-18 - 99th Minnesota Royal, U of M St. Paul Campus. Follow Minnesota Royal on Facebook.

22 - Certification Classes: PQA Plus (9:00 a.m.-Noon) / TQA Training (1:00-4:00 p.m.), Nobles County Government Center, Farmers Room, Worthington, MN. Classes are free but pre-registration is requested; email colleen@mnpork.com or call 1-800-537-7675.

22 - Borealis Night of Excellence. Contact: Holly Klinger, 612-624-0822 or kling@umn.edu.

- May -

6 - SowBridge "Five Things You Wanted to Know About Pen Gestation but Were Afraid to Ask" - Tom Parsons, U of PA. Look for more information on the U of M Swine Extension website: www.extension.umn.edu/agriculture/swine/. Contact: Sarah Schieck, 320-589-1711 or schi0466@umn.edu.

6-8 - Minnesota Dairy Health Conference, Crowne Plaza Hotel & Suites PSO Airport -Mall of America, Bloomington, MN.

20 - Certification Classes: PQA Plus (9:00 a.m.-Noon) / TQA Training (1:00-4:00 p.m.), McLeod County Fairgrounds, Commercial Bldg, Hutchinson, MN. Classes are free but pre-registration is requested; email colleen@mnpork.com or call 1-800-537-7675.

- June -

4 - PorkBridge "Effective Procedures for Cleaning Up After PED, PRRS, etc." - Rebecca Robbins, Seaboard Foods Corp. Look for more information on the U of M Swine Extension website: www.extension.umn.edu/agriculture/swine/. Contact: Sarah Schieck, 320-589-1711 or schi0466@umn.edu.

10 - SowBridge "Temperature Management for Sows and Piglets" - Jay Harmon, ISU. Look for more information on the U of M Swine Extension website: www.extension.umn.edu/agriculture/swine/. Contact: Sarah Schieck, 320-589-1711 or schi0466@umn.edu.

10 - Certification Classes: PQA Plus (9:00 a.m.-Noon) / TQA Training (1:00-4:00 p.m.), Minnesota Pork Board Office, Mankato, MN. Classes are free but pre-registration is requested; email colleen@mnpork.com or call 1-800-537-7675.

24 - Certification Class: PQA Plus (6:00 p.m.), Saint Olaf College, Valhalla Room, Northfield, MN. Class is free but pre-registration is requested; email colleen@mnpork.com or call 1-800-537-7675.

24-25 - Precision Dairy Conference & Expo, Mayo Civic Center, Rochester, MN.

- July -

12-16 -ADSA/ASAS Joint Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL.