2010 Leman Swine Conference
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Contact: Alicia Johnson, College of Veterinary Medicine, 612-624-2268 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Leman Swine Conference to discuss science-driven solutions
MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL (June 15, 2010) – The University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine will host the 37th annual Allen D. Leman Swine Conference September 18-21 at RiverCentre in St. Paul, Minnesota. One of the international swine community’s premier events, the Leman conference draws swine veterinarians, producers, research scientists, industry experts, government officials, and leading producers from around the world.
In addition to two full days of presentations and seminars on topics ranging from swine diseases to production to consumer issues, the conference will include a two-day pre-conference program, trade show exhibits, and scientific poster presentations. Keynote sessions will include—
- A Wall Street View of the Protein Markets, presented by Farha Aslam, managing director, Stephens Inc.
- Elimination of PRRSV from North America: Uniting the Clans! presented by Scott Dee, professor, University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine
- How Do We Feed a Growing World Without Destroying the Planet? presented by Jon Foley, director of the University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment
- Where Has All the Research Gone, presented by Mike Tokach, professor, Department of Animal Sciences and Industry, Kansas State University
Also part of the conference will be the presentation of the Allen D. Leman Science in Practice Award to Dr. Paul Yeske of the Swine Vet Center, P.A., in St. Peter, Minnesota. Established by the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in 1994, the annual award honors individuals whose achievements contribute significantly to the body of knowledge related to swine health and management.
New to this year’s conference will be the Distinguished Lecture, “Bringing Prosperity to the Smallholder African Farmer Through Livestock,” presented by Dr. Gregg BeVier, senior program officer with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Sponsors of the Allen D. Leman Swine Conference include Pfizer Animal Health, Boehringer Ingelheim, Alpharma Animal Health, Bayer Animal Health, Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health, the National Pork Board, IDEXX, and Novus International. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information or to register for the conference, visit www.lemanswineconference.org.
The College of Veterinary Medicine improves the health and well-being of animals and people by providing high-quality veterinary training, conducting leading-edge research, and delivering innovative veterinary services.
Background about the Allen D. Leman Conference
Allen D. Leman, a University of Minnesota Extension veterinarian, and Jim Hanson, director of the College of Veterinary Medicine’s continuing education program, initiated the conference in 1974 to present new information and discuss issues important to the swine industry. In addition to sharing information and discussing issues, they hoped to influence practitioners and empower them to be leaders for the swine industry. The conference began in a small lecture hall on the St. Paul campus and evolved into the multi-session, international meeting it is today.
Throughout his career, Leman worked to define the link between swine disease and swine production. His unwavering dedication to the education of practicing veterinarians was manifested through his leadership of this conference. Leman left the University of Minnesota in 1986. After his death in 1992, the conference was named in his honor.