Banff Pork Seminar's popular Aherne Prize entry deadline Oct. 31, 2021

Date posted: October 13, 2021

2021 winner: Safety bracelet

2021 winner: Safety bracelet

It is a celebration of grassroots innovation in the pork industry that has become one of the most popular in North America. Entry deadline for the 2022 FX Aherne Prize for Innovative Pork Production is Oct. 31, 2021.

"The prize is awarded at the annual Banff Pork Seminar (BPS) and the Seminar's reputation for excellence is one of several reasons for the Prize's popularity," says researcher Ben Willing of the University of Alberta, who chairs the awards selection committee.

Another reason for its popularity is the range of entry sophistication and the diversity of those who submit them, he adds. Innovations can be big or small, simple or complex. The contest is open to owners, production managers, herdspeople, consultants, or anyone who has developed an innovation relevant to the North American pork industry.

Entries can apply to any segment of the industry including feeding, breeding, ventilation, disease control and prevention, transportation, manure management, animal handling, facility and enterprise management and pork quality and food safety.

"The selection committee is always impressed by the creativity and innovation of participants," says Willing. "We are pleased to offer a prize of significance. The winner receives complimentary registration to the 2022 Seminar, accommodation at the world-renowned Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel and travel assistance. That's a value of approximately $2,000.

"If past experience is any indication, winners appreciate the chance to spotlight their innovation and be recognized as an innovator by their peers, the pork industry and the Seminar attendees," he says. "It is something the award namesake, Frank Aherne, a long-time industry research leader, would appreciate."

Call for poster abstracts: Deadline Oct. 31, 2021

Date posted: October 13, 2021

Once again this year, abstracts are invited for research poster displays at the 2022 Banff Pork Seminar (BPS). They must be received by Oct. 31, 2021.

"The latest research findings are an anchor of the Banff Pork Seminar each year so it is no wonder that research poster abstracts are an important backdrop to the seminar," says Ben Willing, University of Alberta researcher who heads the BPS awards committee. "Watch the poster area at the Seminar and it is not hard to see the pride presenters have in their work and the way that interest builds a cross connection with the industry."

The R. O. Ball Young Scientist Award presented at the BPS each year is named after Dr. Ron Ball, a long-time researcher and former BPS program director. A scientific committee will select abstracts from undergraduate and graduate students representing the most interesting and best science from those submitted, says Willing. Students whose abstracts are selected will present their research at the Seminar on January 12 as part of the Innovators Breakout Session.

The student with the best overall combination of strong and relevant science, a well-written abstract and excellent presentation will receive a cash prize of $500. The second place winner will receive $250.

More information on poster presentations and submissions is available on the BPS website under the Awards tab.

Follow the latest news on BPS 2022 here: Inside BPS

Ashley Steeple

Ashley Steeple

Date posted: October 13, 2021

Welcome to the Inside BPS Special Meeting Report for Banff Pork Seminar 2022.

Each year this Special Report takes delegates and their industry "inside" the developments of the annual Banff Pork Seminar (BPS). It's produced by Meristem editors in partnership with BPS.

This is a different year for the pork industry in so many ways and like last year, BPS 2022, Jan. 11 to 13 will again provide new registration options for delegates. For the first time BPS will be a hybrid, with the choice to attend in person and to participate virtually.

Some things will stay the same says long-time Seminar coordinator, Ashley Steeple. One is that the BPS organizing committee has, as usual, attracted an outstanding group of speakers. As well, the seminar design of plenaries and breakout sessions will continue in the hybrid format. Plenary sessions to be broadcast live, breakout sessions will be taped and provided following the Seminar.

Once again this year, the information in this Special Report – blog items and news features – will be a good place to follow developments, says Steeple. The information is designed to be available for use by media and industry, with credit to the source.

Here are key things Steeple wants delegates to know as they plan for this event.

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COVID 19 protocols. One of the first questions people will have as they consider whether to attend in person is how COVID protocols will affect the Seminar experience. "It's a fluid situation but we have posted information on our website with details of how we plan to keep delegates safe and still have an enjoyable experience."

The BPS hub. The Seminar website will have the latest program, registration and participation details for the 2022 Seminar. You can also sign up for e-news advisories from Seminar coordinator Steeple.

Inside BPS blog. These blog items will provide key information and perspective prior to, during and immediately following the 2022 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 Report.

News releases and news features. Designed primarily for media and industry communications specialists, they are available for anyone to use and are available for reprint for their own use or in corporate or organization media. News releases can be used without a requirement to provide credit. News features should be credited to the Banff Pork Seminar 2022 and where possible linked to the Special Report.

Photos. Selected speaker photos are available for use. Credit Banff Pork Seminar.

Media assistance. As in past years, media assistance is available. Contact information and other key details can be found under the "Media Assistance" link.

Social media. Information and links to stories on BPS 2022 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.

Banff Pork Seminar 2022 will be an innovative hybrid approach

Date posted: October 13, 2021

Banff Pork Seminar 2022 will be an innovative hybrid approach
Banff Pork Seminar 2022 will be an innovative hybrid approach

The Banff Pork Seminar (BPS) is breaking new ground in 2022 with a hybrid conference Jan. 11 to 13. Delegates will have the option to either attend in person or they can participate virtually online.

"Those choices mean the 2022 Seminar is truly one not to be missed," says Ashley Steeple, BPS Coordinator. Organizers have a strong slate of speakers lined up that will be an energetic and useful experience regardless of which option delegates choose.

"This pandemic has been a time of significant change that has required patience from all the industry in planning events," says Steeple. "The safety of our delegates is of utmost importance and we are taking steps to ensure that in-person delegates have a well-managed and safe experience in keeping with mandated COVID 19 protocols.

"All delegates should read the information on BPS COVID 19 safety measures and restrictions posted on the Seminar website."

While rooms are already being booked as delegates and companies making plans for the week, Steeple says her group is also expecting the online option to attract strong interest. Plans are for the plenary sessions to be broadcast live and for breakout sessions to be taped and provided following the Seminar.

The event is also a delayed 50th anniversary show celebration planned for last year so that will add a reason to consider attending.

Program and registration details are posted on the Seminar website In fact that's the best place to follow the latest news on all developments as the Seminar nears, says Steeple.

Ongoing news postings will be available in the annual Inside BPS Special Report which can be accessed by link from the Seminar website. Delegates can also follow BPS on Twitter @BanffPork

The Banff Pork Seminar is coordinated by the Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Sciences, University of Alberta, in cooperation with Alberta Pork, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry and other pork industry representatives from across Canada.