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2018 Banff Pork Seminar

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News from the Meristem editors from inside the 2017 Banff Pork Seminar.

Student science abstract deadlines Oct. 31, 2017

Date posted: October 5, 2016

2017 winners

The R. O. Ball Young Scientist Award presented at the Banff Pork Seminar (BPS) is a coveted one among young scientists.

The award is named after Dr. Ron Ball, a long-time researcher and former BPS program director. The award recognizes graduate and undergraduate students who provide a best overall combination of good and relevant science, a well-written abstract and an excellent presentation.

Deadline for abstracts for the 2018 Banff Pork Seminar student competition is October 31, 2017.

2018 Banff Pork Seminar Aherne Prize entry deadline Oct. 31, 2017

Date posted: October 5, 2016

2017 winners

Each year the Banff Pork Seminar (BPS) awards the F.X. Aherne Prize for Innovative Pork Production. It has become an annual Seminar highlight. Entry deadline for the upcoming 2018 BPS Aherne Prize is Oct. 31, 2017.

Dr. Ben Willing of the University of Alberta, committee chair for the selection committee, says the Aherne prize represents the power of innovation in the pork industry in Canada and around the world.

It recognizes individuals who have developed either original solutions to pork production challenges or creative uses for known technology. Innovations big or small, complex or simple can be entered. Contest details are on the Seminar website www.banffpork.ca.

"The contest is open to owners, production managers, herdspeople or consultants in the North American pork industry, or anyone who has developed an innovation relevant to the North American pork production industry," says Willing.

"All segments of the pork industry qualify," he says. "That includes areas such as feeding, breeding, ventilation, disease control and prevention, transportation, manure management, animal handling, facility or enterprise management, and pork quality and safety."

The prize is valuable, says Willing. It includes free 2018 BPS conference registration, accommodation at the world-renowned Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel and travel for the Banff Pork Seminar Jan. 9 to 11, 2018 for up to two innovators. The value of that registration and travel is approximately $2,000 each. Along with that is the pride of having innovations featured at this leading global pork industry conference.

The award is named after the late Dr. Frank Aherne, a professor of swine nutrition and production at the University of Alberta in Edmonton and a major force for science-based progress in the western Canadian pork industry.

Stay tuned for the latest news on Banff Pork Seminar 2018

Date posted: October 5, 2016

When you have been a leading seminar globally for as many years as the Banff Pork Seminar (BPS) has, one thing is constant: Change. A constantly changing industry means constant refinement in the features, business development, social and networking opportunities of this seminar.

This annual Special Report is called Inside BPS Special Meeting Report 2018. Produced by Meristem editors in partnership with the BPS organizing committee, it is designed to take you "inside" Banff Pork Seminar Jan. 9 to 11, 2018, to help you keep on top of those developments.

Delegates travel from across North America and around the world for solid reasons. The speakers consistently represent the leading edge of a rapidly evolving modern, global pork industry and provide a window into agricultural issues and developments. The delegates they attract provide an unparalleled networking opportunity for all. Delegates can also have even some fun socializing in this world renowned resort community and hotel.

The information in this Special Report – including blog items and news features – is designed to be available for use by media and industry, with credit to the source. Here are a few key points on the full BPS 2018 communications effort.

The BPS hub. The best place to get everything you need to know about the 2018 Seminar, Jan. 9 to 11 is the Seminar website www.banffpork.ca. You can sign up for e-news advisories from Seminar coordinator, Ashley Steeple.

Inside BPS blog. These blog items will provide key information and perspective prior to, during and immediately following the 2018 seminar. Blog items are designed for use by media, industry communications specialists, producers and others in the industry. Simply provide a credit line to the Inside BPS Special Report and a live link to the Meristem website www.meristem.com.

News releases and news features. While these articles are primarily designed for media and industry communications specialists, they are available for anyone to use and are available for reprint. News releases can be used without requirement to provide credit. News features should be credited to the Banff Pork Seminar 2018 and linked to www.meristem.com.

Photos. Selected speaker photos will be provided and are available for use. Please credit the Banff Pork Seminar.

Media assistance. As in past years, media assistance is available. You can find contact information and other key details under the "Media Assistance" link in the top right column of this Special Report web page.

Social media. Information and links to stories on BPS will also be featured on social media. Watch for regular updates under the #BanffPork hashtag. Follow the Banff Pork Seminar at Twitter handle @BanffPork and on the BPS Facebook Page. Follow NewStream by Meristem at Twitter handle @NewStreamTweets.

Banff Pork Seminar organizers have worked hard this past year to make your time in Banff a truly memorable one. Welcome to Banff Pork Seminar 2018.