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The second Pig Welfare Symposium will be hosted by the National Pork Board. The biennial forum is designed to help improve the well-being of pigs by disseminating recent research findings and recommendations. It's intended to raise awareness of current and emerging issues as well as identify potential solutions.

The symposium will provide presentations from experts on past, current and future animal-welfare issues. They will offer perspectives on how the pork industry can continue to evolve to meet the needs of animals, producers and consumers.

The two-day symposium will also offer hands-on interactive workshops for an additional fee. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about low-stress pig handling, foreign-animal-disease preparation, day-one pig care and other topics. A Spanish-only pre-event will be offered -- "Improving Pig Welfare on Farm."

The symposium will be held Nov. 13-14 in Minneapolis. For an early-bird registration discount, register by Aug. 8. After that the cost will increase to $200 per person. A reduced student rate and virtual-attendance options also are being offered. Visit pork.org/pws for more information.