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PorkBridge educational series returns for the fifth year

LINCOLN, Neb. – The successful distance educational series, PorkBridge, will begin its fifth year in June. Driven by popular demand, the PorkBridge 2010-2011 educational series features new topics focused on the grow-finish segment of the pork production chain.

“PorkBridge provides relevant and accurate information on specific topics to people who own, manage or work in swine grow-finish facilities,” said Duane Reese, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension swine specialist. “Producers and others in the industry can get the information they need without the hassle of traveling or giving up a whole day to attend a meeting.”

Reese, who also is the Nebraska contact for PorkBridge, said the program is provided through a unique delivery method. It combines electronic information viewed on computer with live oral presentations by topic experts via phone. The week before each session, subscribers receive a CD containing that session’s topic-specific presentation and additional information. Each session is approximately 90 minutes, beginning at noon Central Time.

“We’re happy to be able to keep the cost for participating in this subscription-only series at $125, the same as the very first year,” Reese said. “This covers materials and phone calls for all six sessions, which are scheduled on an every other month basis from June through April 2011”

An information check out the website at http://www.ipic.iastate.edu/PorkBridge/IPIC2010PB.pdf or call Reese at (402) 472-6425.

Session dates, speakers, their industry affiliations and topics are as follows.

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