How baseball and carbon markets can positively affect pork production


Eric Potterat and Joe Kerns. AMES, Iowa – Baseball and pork are two of America’s favorites, and the people responsible for creating a great product on the field and in the barn share some important characteristics. Bringing out the best in everyone on your team is imperative for great outcomes and positive bottom lines.

Eric Potterat, first of the 2023 Iowa Swine Day plenary speakers, will share how his expertise and experience as Director of Specialized Performance Programs for the Los Angeles Dodgers has direct parallels to today’s pork production operations and their people.

His presentation, “Learned Excellence: The key performance optimization factors of high performing individuals and teams” is sure to be a home run.

Second plenary speaker Joe Kerns brings his 30 years worth of industry experience to the podium. The president of Partners for Production Agriculture leads his team in understanding the importance of financial impacts on agricultural markets, to increase opportunity for clients to thrive and prosper.

In his presentation, “Understanding the carbon market and how it applies to your business,” Kerns will explain the effects of that market on animal agriculture and how that knowledge applies to pork production businesses.

The 2023 Iowa Swine Day program, set for Thursday, June 29,  will be held at the Scheman Building on the Iowa State University campus in Ames. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and the official program starts at 8:30. Registration cost is $65, and students may attend at no charge with the registration deadline of midnight, June 22. No walk-in registrations are accepted. 

There are four plenary speakers in the morning and following lunch, the afternoon is organized into four concurrent sessions: sustainable pork production, production strategies for foreign animal disease and health, the future of pig farming, and Iowa State University research. Each session has four presentations, and attendees are welcome to choose from among any of the sessions and presentations.

A new preconference ISU Swine Networking Social sponsored by TechMix, AB Vista and Lynch Livestock will be held Wed., June 28, at the Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center, 2508 Mortensen Rd in Ames, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. All attendees registered for Iowa Swine Day are welcome to join.This replaces the post-program barbeque held in previous years.

The full program, registration forms and information and directions to the venue are available on the Iowa Swine Day conference website.

Iowa Swine Day is hosted by the Iowa Pork Industry Center with support provided by the ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.



IPIC was established in 1994 as a coordinated effort of the colleges of Agriculture (now Agriculture and Life Sciences) and Veterinary Medicine at ISU. Its mission is to promote efficient pork production technologies in Iowa, maintain Iowa's pork industry leadership and strengthen rural development efforts. IPIC focuses its efforts on programs that are integral and complementary to ISU Extension and Outreach. Through IPIC, Iowa producers receive accurate and timely information to make their operations more efficient and profitable.





Stacie Matchan

Stacie Matchan

Program Specialist




Sherry Hoyer

Sherry Hoyer.

Communications Specialist



Other News Releases