WATT Global Media is sponsoring a roundtable discussion on porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) at the VIV International Pork Production Summit to be held in conjunction with the 2014 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE). Dr. Matthew Turner, swine veterinarian with Prestage Farms, and Dr. Mary Battrell, swine veterinarian with Murphy-Brown LLC, will be the featured speakers for the discussion. Both veterinarians are on the front lines of the PEDV crisis for their respective companies and pig production facilities across the country. The panel will be moderated by Terrence O'Keefe, editor for Egg Industry magazine.

The VIV International Pork Production Summit will be held from 1to 5 p.m. on January 29. This important program will bring together industry and academic representatives to review technical best practices related to pig health, farm management and feed and nutrition. The program is $100 for registered IPPE attendees.


In addition to the roundtable discussion and a variety of parallel, 25-minute walk-in seminars, a plenary session on the challenges in the U.S. pork sector is also planned that would appeal to all protein sectors. James Kenwood, managing director and coverage banker for Rabobank International, will present on the future position of the U.S. pork sector in a global perspective, and Ma Chuang, vice-secretary general for the Chinese Association of Animal Science and Veterinary Medicine and partner at Boyar Communication, will provide a Chinese perspective.

IPPE, the world's largest annual poultry, feed, and meat industry event, will be held January 28 - 30, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.