IN THE NEWS
Four undergraduates with Iowa/Iowa State connections are among the 21 college students receiving scholarships from the Pork Checkoff. ISU senior in animal science Matt Romoser was one of the top two candidates and will receive a $3,500 scholarship. He plans to pursue a masters degree in reproductive biology at ISU after completing his bachelors program. Benjamin Smith, animal science/ag systems technology major, and Morgan Pittz, animal science major, each received a $1,000 scholarship, as did Hayden WIlliams of Iowa Falls who's a student at Wabash College. Read more on the NPB website.
Bacon lovers -- save the date! The 2015 Iowa State Bacon Expo will be held Saturday, Oct. 10 at the Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The third annual event will feature more educational opportunities and a single fee approach with no additional costs for bacon during the event. Prices for the 1,300 tickets aren't yet set, but tickets will go on sale Sept. 4. Need more info? Check out the website.
The Professional Swine Manager Program is targeted towards current pork production employees, with a secondary audience of current community or technical college students wishing to enter a pork production unit after graduation. This program focuses on technical skills and will be rooted in hybrid distance education courses with hands-on learning provided by on-farm experience. The major objective of this program is to connect pork production knowledge and hands-on application with information acquired for a national certification.
The final year of Smithfield-funded grant program offers $225,000 for projects that advance and enhance swine production in Iowa. Proposals are due to the Iowa Attorney General's Farm Division by June 1. More info, including background of the program, descriptions of previously funded projects, and links to application forms, is on the Iowa AG website.
Most of the 2014 ISU Research Farms Progress Reports are now available online. The exceptions are: McNay, Agricultural Engineering and Agronomy Research Farms, Central Iowa Farms, and the BioCentury Farm, all of which will be posted by the end of this month. Go here and choose any of the farms listed.
Find your ISU Extension swine program specialist (click on map)