The Iowa DNR recently completed the second year of a five-year work plan agreement with EPA to implement the federally authorized National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program in the state. The agreement is for DNR to inspect about 20 percent of operations needing NPDES permits, and after two years, about 41 percent of them have been completed according to DNR's chief of field services and compliance. Information about the agreement, and the materials and reports associated with it, are on the DNR website. You can see the latest report dated August 1, 2015, through the link at the bottom of this page "Obj 7.1 & 7.2 IDNR AFO Workplan Annual Report Aug 2015" Or go directly to the 146-page .pdf document.
Iowa State and Kansas State are hosting the International Conference on Feed Efficiency in Swine in Omaha next month. ISU's John Patience is the director of the USDA NIFA grant funded project that's the focus of the Oct. 21-22 conference. Hilton Hotel, Omaha. First 400 registrants pay the early cost of $200. Read more in this release.
SInce July 28, four cases of vesicular disease have been observed in unrelated diagnostic case submissions (3 cases from exhibition swine in Iowa, 1 case from a commercial finishing operation in South Dakota) at the ISU Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. Foreign animal disease investigations were initiated and samples all tested negative to FMDV, but positive to Senecavirus A. Other vesicular diseases such as swine vesicular disease, vesicular exanthema of swine and vesicular stomatitis, have been ruled out as well. Learn more about the virus in this fact sheet from ISU-CVM.
IPIC interim director Jay Harmon recognized as G.B. Gunlogson Countryside Engineering Award winner during the 2015 Annual International Meeting of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers in late July. This award honors outstanding engineering contributions to the development and improvement of the countryside through enhancement of techniques or technology. Read more about the award. See the entire list of 2015 award winners.
The non-profit organization Farm Foundation will host 12 regional workshops, including one in Ames, on a comprehensive look at two GFI issued by FDA regarding antimicrobial drugs in food-producing animals, and the FDA’s revised Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD). These 12 sessions, along with aggregated survey results, will form the basis of a national summit later this fall for farmers, feed suppliers, veterinarians, academic and government agency staff to address issues identified. See more information on the Farm Foundation website.
IPIC, IPPA and ISUEO swine field specialists are partnering to offer free training sessions to help Iowa pork producers prepare for a Common Swine Industry Audit (CSIA). Attendees will walk through steps of the common audit, evaluate areas for improvement on their farms and customize Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to be best prepared for the audit process. Attendees also will be provided a binder and flash drive, including customizable audit materials for their farms. Limit of 15 per session, so please preregister to ensure your spot.
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