JASPER, Ind. — Purdue Extension and Indiana Pork will host the fourth annual Southern Indiana Pork Conference and offer an update on the latest news in the pork industry.

The daylong conference will be March 11 at the Schnitzelbank Restaurant, 393 Third Ave., Jasper. Lunch will be provided by Indiana Pork.

Kenneth Eck, Purdue Extension educator in Dubois County, said swine producers, veterinarians and pork buyers should attend to learn about and discuss issues key to the swine industry.

“We’re trying to get three groups together — Indiana pork producers, Purdue academia and Indiana veterinarians and businesses — to talk to each other about what issues are most important to them and the industry,” he said.

Farmers are particularly interested in new livestock regulations, as well as updates on swine production, health and environmental issues.

Topics, which run from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., include:

* “Swine Theft and Biosecurity” by Eck and Stan Leinenbach, Dubois County pork producer;

“Feeder Designs — Impact When Considering Your Building Remodel” by Brian Richert, Purdue Extension swine specialist;

* “State Regulatory and Legislative Issues and How They’ll Affect You” by Josh Trenary and Ben Wicker, Indiana Pork;

* “Update on Reproductive Technologies” by Kara Stewart, Purdue Extension reproductive physiologist;

* “Health Concerns — Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus” by John Baker, Warrick Veterinary Clinic; and

* “Pork Quality Assurance Plus Certification” by Eck.

There is no charge to attend, but reservations are required for the meal by March 13 to Wicker, director of producer outreach, at the Indiana Pork office at 317-396-9352.

For additional information, contact the Purdue Extension Dubois County office at 812-482-1782 or duboisces@purdue.edu.

More information for the event can be found at www.extension.purdue.edu/dubois under “Hot Topics.”