Impacts of African swine fever on global supply chains and economies – A free webinar

Register now for the second webinar in the Animal health aspects related to African swine fever series, “Impacts of African swine fever on global supply chains and economies” on Tuesday, March 14, 2023 at 7:00 AM Central Standard Time.

This webinar will explore how African swine fever has affected markets, economies, and supply chains in the U.S. and globally including feed ingredients, pork, and various food products. Risk assessment and strategies to manage uncertainty of supply chain disruptions caused by global animal disease outbreaks will also be discussed.

Attend this webinar and learn:

  • The economic consequences of market and supply chain disruptions caused by African swine fever and other global animal disease outbreaks.
  • Strategies that agricultural, animal feed, and food businesses can use to manage risks associated with African swine fever and other foreign animal diseases.
  • Relative risk of disease transmission from feeding various types of feed ingredients to pigs.


Mike Bohmbach

Mike Bohmbach
Assistant Vice President, Commodity Risk Analyst
Lockton Companies

With over 15 years of experience in the commodity markets, Mike helps Lockton clients identify and mitigate risks that normally fall outside the scope of insurance discussions, especially risks associated with producing, processing, or selling commodities and raw materials. Mike is part of the Lockton Commodity Solutions Practice, offering crop insurance, weather coverages, and bespoke coverages for hedging price volatility. Lockton is the world’s largest private insurance broker, based in Kansas City, and focused on the food, agriculture, and beverage industries.

Louis Russell

Louis Russell
President and CEO (retired)

Louis Russell has made a tremendous impact in multiple roles during his 38-year career in the animal feed industry. He served as Director of Technical Service and New Product Development for Feed Specialties and Central Soya from 1984-1993 before joining APC, LLC in multiple positions including technical support, regulatory compliance, feed safety, sales and marketing, and research that ultimately led to serving as President and CEO from 2010 until his retirement in 2020. He has continued to serve as Advisor to the President since his retirement. APC is a leading company producing spray dried animal blood and plasma for use in animal feeds around the world with headquarters in Ankeny, Iowa. He will share examples of experiences and lessons learned from overcoming the challenges and re-establishing export markets following trade bans associated with BSE and maintaining international markets following the PEDV outbreak in North America.

Dr. Declan Schroeder

Dr. Declan Schroeder
Associate Professor of Virology, College of Veterinary Medicine
University of Minnesota

Dr Schroeder was appointed in February 2018as an Associate Professor of Virology in the Veterinary Population Medicine Department in the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Minnesota. Healso holds an Adjunct Chair in Viral Metagenomics in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Reading, UK. Previously, he held the positions of Director of the MBA Culture Collection (2014-2018) and Senior Research Fellow in Viral and Molecular Ecology (2001-2018) at the Marine Biological Association of the UK. He has over 20 years of research experience as a molecular biologist in the areas of virology, biodiversity, pathology and genomics. His research program is focused on pathogen discovery; comparing and contrasting a diverse array of host-virus systems. He is particularly interested in seeing his fundamental research translated into practical solutions. His current research activity is to develop molecular tools to enhance detection and surveillance of viral pathogens but now at a commercial scale; secure and improve agricultural productivity through an improved understanding of the true impact of (1) viral pathogens on honey bee health, (2) viral pathogens in swine diseases, and (3) the evaluation of the Virome in disease outcomes in pig, cattle, bee & aquatic systems. Moreover, he has a track record in winning and administered research projects (over $8 million equivalent from 10 different funders in the UK prior to 2018 and over $5 million equivalent from 8 different funders in Minnesota post 2018), collaborated with other researchers (nationally and internationally), and produced several high impact peer-reviewed publications (>100 peer reviewed with 4 Nature & Science papers).

Maria Zieba

Maria Zieba
Vice President of International Affairs
National Pork Producers Council

As Vice President of International Affairs, Maria Zieba leads NPPC’s trade policy program focusing on opening, maintaining, and increasing market access for U.S. pork.

Prior to joining NPPC, Maria was a trade policy manager for the National Milk Producers Federation and the U.S. Dairy Export Council, where she worked on various trade issues affecting the dairy industry.

Previously, she worked at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service, managing capacity building projects aimed at increasing U.S. agricultural exports to emerging markets.

Maria serves as a Cleared Advisor on the Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee for Trade in Animals and Animal Products, providing input to USDA and USTR on key issues affecting U.S. pork exports. She also serves on the board of directors for the Washington International Trade Association, the Association of Women in International Trade and Farmers for Free Trade.

Maria holds a master’s degree in international commerce and policy from George Mason University. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Riverside with a double major in Political Science-International Affairs and Spanish.

Jerry Shurson - Moderator

Jerry Shurson – Moderator
Professor, Department of Animal Science
University of Minnesota

Dr. Gerald (Jerry) Shurson received his B.S. degree in Animal Science and Agricultural Economics at the University of Minnesota, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in swine nutrition at Michigan State University. He is currently Professor in the Department of Animal Science at the University of Minnesota with responsibilities for research and extension. He serves on numerous graduate student committees and has advised 45 Ph.D and M.S. students. Jerry has a very diverse research program which involves determining biological mechanisms of nutritional responses; assessing the nutritional value of biofuels co-products; feed safety, biosecurity, and environmental impacts; and the role of feed ingredients and additives in swine health and productivity. He provides programmatic leadership for several interdisciplinary research teams at the University of Minnesota including the Integrated Animal Systems Biology team, African Swine Fever Response Team, and Animal Agriculture Sustainability team. His research program has resulted in 165 refereed publications, 201 abstracts, 26 book chapters and white papers, 5 Handbooks, 95 conference proceedings, and has generated over $19 million in research funding. He has presented his research findings to audiences in over 30 countries and has served as a nutrition consultant for the U.S. Grains Council for the past 23 years and the U.S. Soybean Export Council for the past 5 years. He also has provided service in several professional leadership roles including Board of Directors and President of the Midwest Section of the American Society of Animal Science Board, and Director of the University of Minnesota Swine Center. He has received numerous awards for outstanding accomplishments and contributions in research, teaching, and extension over his 35-year academic career.

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