Erin Cortus joined the Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering at the University of Minnesota in August 2017. Her position as Assistant Professor and Extension Engineer is to provide engineering expertise in the area of sustainable animal agriculture systems. Erin was born and raised in Saskatchewan, Canada. She earned her Bachelor of Agricultural and Bioresource Engineering degree and PhD at the University of Saskatchewan. Dr. Cortus also has eight years of experience in a similar Research and Extension role at South Dakota State University. Her past and ongoing projects include measuring the air quality impacts of different manure management practices in swine, poultry, dairy and beef cattle barns, and the impacts of providing additional microenvironment control for grow-finish pigs and cattle. The broad mission of Dr. Cortus' program is to work with producers and communities to understand and continually improve the quality and productivity of livestock environments.
Amanda is a Swine Extension Program Specialist at the Iowa Pork Industry Center (IPIC) at Iowa State University. She coordinated an industry wide National Pork Board funded collaborative pelvic organ prolapse project. The main objective of the project was to identify causative factors for pelvic organ prolapse with future hopes of developing mitigation strategies for the industry. The project involved over 100 sow farms across the country including both independent and large production systems. Currently, she also coordinates a five year multi-university project striving to increase whole herd survivability in the US swine herd.
Dr. Rob Stuart is a native of Louisiana and was raised on a dairy and beef farm in central Louisiana. He received his B.S. in Animal Husbandry from Louisiana Tech University, Ruston; M.S. in Animal Nutrition from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge and Ph.D. in Animal Nutrition from the University of Kentucky in Lexington.
Dr. Stuart's professional career has been involved in vitamin and drug feed additive research and development for animals. Since 1988, Dr. Stuart is president of Stuart Products, Inc. in Bedford (Dallas/Ft. Worth), Texas. Prior to starting Stuart Products, he was a nutritionist for a large pharmaceutical company.
STUART PRODUCTS has developed and is now marketing VITAL E injectable and EMCELLE liquid vitamin supplements that are available through all major animal health distributors.
Dr. Stuart resides in Bedford, Texas (Dallas-Ft. Worth) and is married and has three grown children.
Dr. Chris Hostetler is the National Pork Board's Director of Animal Science. He oversees research in swine reproduction, nutrition and genetics as well as managing emerging issues as they develop. Prior to joining the National Pork Board in 2011, Dr. Hostetler was on faculty at South Dakota State University where he taught animal nutrition and conducted research in monogastric nutrition.
Dr. Hostetler was raised on a farm in northern Indiana. He received his Bachelor of Science at Purdue University, his Master of Science at the University of Florida and his PhD at Washington State University. While at Washington State University he also managed the University's research and teaching swine farm, served as an instructor in the College of Sciences and conducted a postdoctoral study in reproductive biology.
Dr. Hostetler can be reached at CHostetler@pork.org or (515)223-2606.