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SowBridge distance educational programs provide relevant and accurate information from a variety of university and industry experts. 

Registration is every January for that calendar year of monthly SowBridge presentations.

Get the information you need without the hassle of traveling or giving up a whole day to attend a meeting. Producers and others in the industry can participate from home, in an office or in the swine unit.

How does SowBridge work?

Monthly live presentations are delivered by teleconference from topic experts. All sessions are recorded and audio files are available for download from each session for later use. Before each session, subscribers will receive an email message with links to download the materials for that session. You can get the same materials via a CD (by request only).

SowBridge is for people involved in managing or caring for sows, and/or their litters, and boars, including operation owners, employees, technicians, managers, and technical service providers. Twelve monthly sessions take place on the first Wednesday of the month throughout the year. All sessions start at 11:30 a.m. Central Time and last no longer than 60 minutes, which includes time for questions. Cost is $250 for the first registration from an entity and $125 for each subsequent subscription from the same entity. Cost includes supporting materials and phone line access. View a video of a previous SowBridge session.

SowBridge and PorkBridge are sponsored by a group of 11 university Extension programs with Sarah Schieck and Lee Johnston of the University of Minnesota Extension serving as program coordinators. Iowa Pork Industry Center coordinates all registration and subscriber mailings.


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