Cured Meat Short Course

January 17, 2023 8:00am to January 19, 2023 12:30pm

About the Cured Meat Short Course

With a focus on the technology of cured meat processing, short course topics range from lectures on basic meat science to demonstrations of processing techniques. Speakers, nationally and internationally recognized authorities in their fields, will provide information about the latest technology available.

Enrollment for this short course is limited to 60 participants, you will have ample opportunity to have your questions answered directly by the speakers and staff. Iowa State University's modern meat laboratory facilities allow you to observe demonstrations in a setting that provides access to the latest technology.


This short course is designed for persons with supervisory, production, and technical responsibilities in commercial meat processing operations. It will also provide valuable information for those in marketing and supplier industries.

Topics Covered

  • Basic meat science
  • Non-meat ingredients
  • Natural condensed smoke application
  • End point temperature evaluation
  • Bacon manufacturing
  • Casings and molds
  • Use of nettings
  • Ham manufacturing
  • Injection systems
  • Microbiology of cured meat
  • Thermal processing

Location and Shuttle

The Location for the Cured Meat Short Course will be the Iowa State University Meat Laboratory. Parking is not available near the Meat Laboratory so a shuttle will transport you between the Courtyard Ames and the ISU Meat Laboratory. If you will be staying at a hotel other than the Courtyard Ames, it will be your responsibility to meet the shuttle departing from the Courtyard Ames each morning at 7:30 a.m.


The shuttle will depart the Courtyard each morning at 7:30 a.m. for the ISU Meat Laboratory. See the Location and Shuttle section for more details.

  • Tuesday: 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. with an optional evening social
  • Wednesday: 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
  • Thursday: 7:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. If you are flying, you should not book your departure time prior to 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 19, 2023

Meals/Social Events

Lunch: will be provided on Tuesday and Wednesday
Breaks: coffee, soda, bottled water and snacks will be available all day at the Meat Laboratory
Evening social: hosted bar and appetizers on Tuesday evening at the Courtyard Hotel


Registration for the 2023 Cured Meat Short Course will open on October 3, 2022. 

The registration fee for the Cured Meat Short Course is $1,195.00. After December 27, 2022, the fee will be $1,350.00. Registration will close by January 10, 2023. The registration fee includes course materials, lunch, refreshment breaks,  the Tuesday evening social, and transportation between the Courtyard Ames and the Meat Lab.


A block of sleeping rooms has been reserved at the headquarters hotel with a rate of $109.00 per night plus taxes, including breakfast each day:

Courtyard by Marriott Ames
311 South 17th Street
Ames, IA 50010

Phone: 515-620-5910 - indicate you are attending ISU Cured Meat
Online: Link will be posted October 3, 2023

Please make your reservations before January 2, 2023 to guarantee a room at the conference rate. Indicate you are attending ISU Cured Meat. Reservations made after the deadline are subject to room availability and not guaranteed the conference rate.


Download the 2023 brochure (coming soon).

Change in Plans

You may substitute another person at any time prior to the start of the course. If you need to cancel your registration before January 2, 2023 you may receive a refund less a $50.00 processing fee. If you need to cancel your registration between January 3, 2023 and January 9, 2023, you may receive a 50% refund. If you cancel your registration between January 10, 2023 and the start of the course, no refund will be issued. Contact Matt Wenger or 515-294-9279 if you have changes to your plans.