Cured Meat Short Course

January 16, 2024 8:00am to January 18, 2024 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 Cured Meat Short Course will be held at the Iowa State University Meat Laboratory. Parking is not available near the Meat Laboratory so a shuttle bus will transport you between the Gateway Hotel and the ISU Meat Laboratory. If you will be staying at a hotel other than the Gateway, it will be your responsibility to meet the shuttle departing from the Gateway Hotel each morning at 7:30 a.m.

The shuttle will depart the Gateway Hotel 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.

Meals/Social Events

  • Breakfast: included with your hotel room at Gateway (if you made your reservation outside of the Cured Meat Short Course block, breakfast may not be included in the price)
  • 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 Gateway Hotel & Conference Center

Registration for the January 16-18, 2024 Cured Meat Short Course is now open, click on Registration above to register

The registration fee for the Cured Meat Short Course is $1,195.00. After December 26, 2023, the fee will be $1,350.00. Registration will close by January 8, 2024. The registration fee includes course materials, lunch, refreshment breaks,  the Tuesday evening social, and transportation between the Gateway Hotel and the Meat Lab.

A block of sleeping rooms has been reserved at the headquarters hotel with a rate of $125.00 per night plus taxes, including breakfast each day:

Gateway Hotel & Conference Center
2100 Green Hills Drive
Ames, IA 50014
Phone: 515-292-8600 - indicate you are attending the Cured Meat Short Course
Online: Cured Meat Hotel Reservation

Please make your hotel reservations before January 1, 2024 to guarantee a room at the conference rate. Indicate you are attending the Cured Meat Short Course. Reservations made after the deadline are subject to room availability and not guaranteed the conference rate.

For more information on this program, download a copy of the brochure here.

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 1, 2024 you may receive a refund less a $50.00 processing fee. If you need to cancel your registration between January 1, 2024 and January 8, 2024, you may receive a 50% refund. If you cancel your registration between January 9, 2024 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.


Registration now open!