Organic Pig Production Workshop

  • West Central Research and Outreach Center, 46352 State Hwy. 329, Morris, MN 56267
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  • RSVP to Wayne Martin,, 612-625-6224

The University of Minnesota Extension Small Farms Program will host a workshop on organic pig production at the West Central Research and Outreach Center (WCROC) in Morris, Minn.

It will be held on Thursday, June 21, from 9:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. in the Ag Country Auditorium of the WCROC. A map of the area can be viewed at:

Speakers include: David Stender, Extension educator at Iowa State University; Lee Johnston, professor of swine nutrition and management at the University of Minnesota; and Jim VanDerPol, an innovative hog farmer from Kerkhoven, Minn.

Tentative Agenda:

  • 9:15 a.m.– 9:30 a.m.: Coffee
  • 9:30 a.m.– 10:30 a.m.: Feeding organic pigs—traditional (corn/SBM) vs. alternative feed—Lee Johnston
  • 10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.: Benchmark and financial management of organic pig production—David Stender
  • 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.: Lunch
  • 12:30 p.m.–1 p.m.: Breeds and genotypes for organic pig production—David Stender
  • 1 p.m.–1:30 p.m.: Designing farrowing pens, our experiences—Jim VanDerPol
  • 1:30 p.m.– 2 p.m.: Group discussion: Challenges faced by organic/alternative hog farmers
  • 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.: Tour alternative swine facilities of WCROC (Gestation hoop barn). The tour is optional.

The seminar is free and lunch will be provided. Please let us know if you plan to attend, so that we can plan accordingly.

To Pre-Register: Contact Wayne Martin at or at 612-625-6224.