23rd Annual


Kalahari Resort, Wisconsin Dells, WI

July 7-10, 2019




Network with the 800 attendees at NPIC with most producer participants representing the top 150 pork production systems in North America. Participants represent areas of management, production, nutrition, health, finance, human resources and more.


NPIC will showcase over 25 highly qualified speakers who will bring their expertise to mainstage and breakout sessions.


Break-out sessions are presented on Monday afternoon of the conference. Participants will have the opportunity to choose between 10+ sessions focused on relevant industry topics.

Family Fun

Wisconsin Dells, better known as “The Waterpark Capital of the World!®” offers fun for all ages. Enjoy the endless hours of fun at the NPIC host hotel, Kalahari, where there is an exciting mix of rides, slides and adventures for the whole family in the resort waterpark and thrilling indoor theme park. Plus, check out the resort’s other amenities such as Spa Kalahari & Salon and exceptional dining options.


Year after year folks look forward to the annual NPIC golf tournament held on Tuesday afternoon at the award winning Trappers Turn Golf Course in Wisconsin Dells. Please visit the Register section of the web page to register for the golf tournament.

Hope to see you there!

NPIC celebrates its 23rd year in 2019. Once again, three full days of exceptional presentations, networking and collaboration will take place during the conference. We hope to see you in July!


23rd Annual National Pork Conference

The National Pork Industry Conference (NPIC) was the vision of Larry Graham and has roots back to the early 90’s. The current generation of NPIC was founded by Larry & Jean Graham in 1997 and was initially held at various upper Midwest locations.  As the conference attendance grew, it ultimately found a home at the Four Seasons Resort, then Tan-Tar-A at Lake of the Ozarks, before moving in 2010 to its current location at the Kalahari Waterpark and Conference Center in Wisconsin Dells, WI.


The NPIC conference is built upon three pillars: education, networking, and family. The conference offers a wide array of sessions focused on current swine industry topics, nutrition, health, safety, marketing and more.  21st Century Strategic Forums, L.L.C. produces and hosts the conference and partners with leading allied industry companies to deliver what some call, “The Best Pork Producer Event in North America”.


The National Pork Industry Conference is held annually the 2nd week of July and attracts 800 attendees with most producer participants representing the Top 150 Pork Production Systems in North America.

Get the kids involved

The National Pork Industry Conference (NPIC) is partnering with Smithfield Foods and the National Pork Board to offer the 2019 Youth Workshop to elementary and middle school age youth during the NPIC conference. This session will be an exciting and interactive way to get our youth involved in the pork industry! Youth will learn some fascinating things about pork and have a chance to cook up their very own pork creations.

Participation is free, register today to reserve your spot for this exciting opportunity.

Date: Tuesday, July 9, 2019
Time: 9 am – 11:30 am

Register Here

NEW! NPIC Family Fun Night

The 21st Century team is excited to partner with Choice Genetics to bring a new and exciting event to the 2019 NPIC!

Join us on Tuesday night of the conference from 8:30-10:30 p.m. to cap your night off with fun for everyone! Catch up with industry friends and colleagues as they come back from dinner and take part in a night of fun with featured entertainment by Fun Pianos – a dueling piano show!

When: 8:30- 10:30 p.m. – Tuesday, July 9, 2019
Where: Ballrooms 3 – 6, Kalahari Resort


day 1 agenda

Sunday, July 7, 2019 - National Pork Industry Conference

2:00 pm


2:00 pm - 8:00 pm

6:30 pm


6:30 pm - End

Ballrooms 1 – 8


Enjoy a delicious barbeque with select pork items prepared by Lynch Livestock on their BIG GRILL that you’ve seen at World Pork Expo.  Join old friends and make new ones!



day 2 agenda

Monday, July 8, 2019 - National Pork Industry Conference

6:30 am

Buffet Breakfast

6:30 am - 7:45 am

Breakfast Served in Ballrooms 2 – 7

8:00 am

Industry Sustainability and Fake Meat - Impact & Implications

8:00 am -

Ballrooms A – H

Dr. Frank Mitloehner, Professor and Air Quality Extension Specialist, University of California Davis Department of Animal Science

Fake Meat - How Do We Respond? Communicating Our Message Effectively


Ballrooms A – H

Rick Berman, Executive Director – Center for Consumer Freedom

Case Study: Is it time for an NPIP like program for the US pork industry?


Ballrooms A – H

Dr. Rodger Main, Director – Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, Iowa State University

Current State and Outlook for Smithfield and the U.S. Pork Industry, Fireside Chat -


Ballrooms A – H

Ken Sullivan, CEO – Smithfield

12:00 pm

Group Lunch

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Group Lunch Served in Ballrooms 1 – 8

1:15 pm

Interactive Production Lounges

1:15 pm - 4:45 pm

NEW ADDITION IN 2019! Interactive Production Lounges. Experts will be on hand to answer your questions and facilitate specific topic discussions in this new come and go format.

1:15 pm

Breakout Sessions

1:15 pm - 4:45 pm

These sessions will rotate three times:

1:15 – 2:15;  2:30 – 3:30;  3:45 – 4:45 with intermediate refreshment breaks.
You’ll have your choice of multiple breakout sessions presented by the Lead Sponsors and others.


day 3 agenda

Tuesday, July 9, 2019 - National Pork Industry Conference

6:30 am

Buffet Breakfast

6:30 am - 7:45 am

Breakfast Served in Ballrooms 3 – 6

6:30 am

Early Bird Session: Fireside Chat

6:30 am - 7:45 am

Ballrooms A – H

Bill Even, CEO – National Pork Board

8:00 am

New in 2019! Dual Mainstage Sessions

8:00 am - 11:30 am

11:30 am

Conference Ends For The Day

11:30 am -

The conference ends for the day.  Enjoy golf, boating, sightseeing in the Dells or just relaxing with your family in the water park!

12:30 pm

NPIC Annual Golf Tournament

12:30 pm -

NPIC Annual Golf Tournament – Trappers Turn Golf Club – Wisconsin Dells, WIhttps://www.porkconference.com/site/event/golf-2019/

day 4 agenda

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 - National Pork Industry Conference

6:30 am

Grab N Go Breakfast

6:30 am - 7:45 am

Breakfast Served in Ballrooms 3 – 6

Grab a quick bite and enjoy it during the Early Bird Session

7:00 am

Early Bird Session: What's on Your Mind?

7:00 am - 7:45 am

Ballrooms 1 & 2, 7 & 8 

Larry Graham, Founder – 21st Century Strategic Forums

8:00 am

Political and Regulatory Update

8:00 am - 9:00 am

Ballrooms A – H

Nick Giordano, Vice President and Council – National Pork Producers Council 

9:30 am

Focusing on the Markets

9:30 am - 11:30 am

Dr. Steve Meyer, Kerns and Associates and Joe Kerns – Kerns and Associates

11:30 am

Conference Adjourns

11:30 am -

See you next year!  July 12-15, 2020


Lead Sponsors


Cooperating Sponsors


1305 Kalahari Dr - Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965

When you visit Kalahari Resorts, you’ll know right away you’re somewhere special. Featuring an exciting mix of rides, slides and adventures, it’s an incredible time for the whole family. From our amazing water park to our thrilling Indoor Theme Park, we offer an array of attractions for children of all ages, whether they’re 3 or 13 or 30 and up. Plus, with amenities such as Spa Kalahari & Salon, exceptional dining options and championship golf, Kalahari goes beyond your expectations.

The Kalahari conference rate is:

Single/Double $169

Triple/Quad $179

Jacuzzi/Hospitality Suite $229

Lodge Suite $249

2 Room Suite/African Queen Suite $349


Coordinate room reservations through your sponsor or if you are buying into the conference, visit the Register area on the website, complete registration. You will be contacted in 3-5 business days regarding room reservations.

Kalahari Resort

Registration for the 2019 conference


If you are an NPIC sponsor, click here to register and view attendees

Industry Registration

Are you a representative of a company that supports producers?

Pork Producer Registration

Are you primarily a pork producer by profession?


2019 NPIC Annual Golf Tournament – July 9, 2019 – 12:30 pm

Online registration is now closed for the 2019 NPIC



If you are a conference sponsor who needs to make edits or would like to view your current attendees, please contact Paige Grabe at paige@21stforums.com or (712) 898-8076.


Industry and Producer Buy-Ins

If you are pork producer or industry representative and would like to attend the conference or are inquiring about your registration, please contact Paige Grabe at paige@21stforums.com or (712) 898-8076.


If you have a question regarding your Golf registration, payment or entering the tournament, please contact Glenn Shields at glenn@21stforums.com or (314) 276-4880.

Youth Workshop

BACK IN 2018! After a successful first year, the National Pork Industry Conference (NPIC) is again partnering with Smithfield Foods to offer the Smithfield Foods Youth Workshop to elementary and middle school age youth during the NPIC conference. These two sessions will be an exciting and interactive way to get our youth involved in the pork industry! Youth will learn about pork production, fresh pork marketing, career options in the pork industry and have a chance to grill up their very own pork creations.

Participation is free and sign-up will be available online and onsite, Sunday, July 8 during conference registration. 

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

  • 23rd Annual National Pork Industry Conference
    7-10 JULY 2019
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    21st Century Strategic Forums
    3782 9th Street SW
    Mason City, Iowa 50401

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