The 44th annual conference and meeting of the National Swine Improvement Federation (NSIF), set for December 5-6 at the Omni Severin – Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN, will focus on the future of genetic improvement with presenters from around the country.

Highlighted Speakers

Max Rothschild, PhD

Iowa State University / Ames, IA

Max F. Rothschild is a premier geneticist who is leading a national effort to map the pig genome and who has led Iowa State University to international prominence in swine genetics.

Frank Siewerdt, PhD, MBA

Cobb-Vantress, Inc / Fayetteville, AR

Frank Siewerdt is the Senior Global Director of Genetics for Cobb-Vantress, Inc. and is responsible for planning and leading the execution of genetic advances of broiler genetics that supply 44% of the world’s needs. He earned a Ph.D. from North Carolina State University and an MBA from the Walton School of Business (University of Arkansas) and has held positions in academia, industry and at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

Cathy Ernst, MS, PhD

Michigan State University / East Lansing, MI

Catherine (Cathy) Ernst is a Professor and Associate Chair for Research and Graduate Training in the Department of Animal Science at Michigan State University, and she is also Director of the MSU interdepartmental Genetics and Genome Sciences Graduate Program. Nationally, she serves as Pig Genome Co-Coordinator for the USDA National Animal Genome Research Program (NRSP-8). Prior to starting her faculty position, she received an MS degree from Iowa State University and a PhD degree from The Ohio State University, and she did post-doctoral research at the USDA Meat Animal Research Center in Clay Center, NE, and at Iowa State University. In addition to research, she co-teaches an undergraduate genetics course, and she facilitates graduate level scientific writing and seminar courses.

Can’t Miss Events

Annual Meeting & Awards

12 Noon

Join us for the NSIF annual meeting luncheon where we will highlight the year’s accomplishments and celebrate our award recipients. A ticket is included with your registration. Guest tickets are available for purchase.


5:15 pm

Networking and collaboration are essential for a strong organization. Don’t miss the Allflex Welcome Reception. Enjoy a cocktail and conversation with your colleagues.

Conference Headquarters

Omni Severin Hotel
40 W Jackson Pl
Indianapolis, IN 46225

Pricing & Discounts

Online registration is closed. You may register onsite in Indianapolis.

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