The 2017 edition of this event features noted industry speakers, 12 presentations in three concurrent sessions, lunch, continuing education credits and — well worth waiting for — barbecue provided by Smokey D’s of Des Moines. Plenary speaker Dr. Joe Schwarcz from McGill University, will delight, entertain and inform. Dr. Dhamu Thamodaran, executive vice president of Smithfield Foods, will share latest industry trends and news. Mark Greenwood, senior vice president at AgStar Financial Services, will offer his views on how new future packing capacity may impact producers. And Bruce Vincent, executive director of Provider Pals, will share his personal experience and advice on understanding and addressing societal concerns about environmental and animal husbandry issues. The lower early registration fee of $50 is good through June 17, so don’t delay. Read all the details and sign up today on the event website.