2024 Schedule of Events

We’re preparing two jam-packed days of educational sessions led by industry leaders, producers and growers from across the country and can’t wait for you to join us in 2024. Our agenda is constantly evolving. Please check back often for updates on the speakers and show agenda.

7:30 a.m.         Registration Opens

8:00 a.m.        Grand Opening: Angie Setzer

9:00 a.m.         Market Development Panel

10:00 a.m.      Trade Show Opens

10:30 a.m.      Wisconsin Pork Association Annual Meetings

10:30 a.m.      Wisconsin Soybean Program Annual Meetings

11:30 a.m.       Wisconsin Corn Program Annual Meetings

11:30 a.m.       Lunch – Africa West

                        Served until 1:00 p.m.

1:30 p.m.         Breakout Sessions

2:30 p.m.         Trade Show Break

3:00 p.m.         Breakout Sessions

4:00 p.m.         Trade Show Break

4:30 p.m.         Beer & Bull Session

  • Shawn Conley, Professor & Extension Soybean Specialist, University of Wisconsin
  • Damon Smith, Professor and Extension Specialist – Field Crops Pathology, University of Wisconsin
  • Rodrigo Werle, Assistant Professor & Extension Cropping Systems Weed Scientist, University of Wisconsin

Ask three of our University Extension Specialists all of your questions while enjoying an ice cold beverage.

CCA credit available for some sessions, credits listed next to session.

5:30 p.m.         Porkapalooza – Africa Foyer

6:00 p.m.         Trade Show doors close

10:00 p.m.       Receptions end

7:30 a.m.         Trade Show – Africa East

8:00 a.m.         Early Riser Session

9:00 a.m.         Keynote: Farm Bill Session

  • Congressman Derrick Van Orden, Wisconsin District 3 (invited)
  • Wayne Stoskopf, Public Policy Director, National Corn Growers Association
  • American Soybean Association
  • National Pork Producers

10:00 a.m.       Matt Niswander

Matt Niswander has been all over the world learning and advocating for rural America and the family values that make our communities strong.  From helping to form agriculture policy in Washington, DC and in Europe, to sharing personal stories about the opioid epidemic, rural mental health, food misconceptions, and leadership growth with politicians and consumers through published articles, podcasts, and even in the streets of New York City.

10:00 a.m.       Researching the Opportunities – Africa 10

                        Hear the latest in swine industry research.

11:00 a.m.       Trade Show Break – Africa East

12:30 p.m.       Lunch – Africa West

2:00 p.m.         Bonus Agronomic Session

Breakout Session Descriptions & Speakers:

Getting Back to Basics on Efficient and Economic Disease Management in Corn and Soybeans

Damon Smith, Professor and Extension Specialist – Field Crops Pathology, University of Wisconsin

This session will cover what you need to know to be efficient in managing corn and soybean diseases. The latest on the economics of some of these practices will also be presented. Focus will be placed on balancing effective disease management methods with what is economically and logistically viable at the farm gate.

Data Driven Practices That Maximize Soybean Profitability

Shawn Conley, Professor & Extension Soybean Specialist, University of Wisconsin

In this session we will cover soybean best management practices (BMP’s) that have been derived from extensive research with the underling intention of maximizing soybean profitability at the farm scale.