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IPIC has set the next PQA Plus 2.0 Advisor certification workshop for April 15. See more information including a link to download the two-page application form. Applications are due April 1, and upon approval notification applicants must pay the $75 fee to confirm their attendance.
Farmers: USDA - SARE wants your opinions on cover crops, regardless of whether you use them. The short online survey is available until March 27 and those who complete the questionnaire are eligible for a drawing for one or two $100 Visa gift cards. Results to be released this summer will help growers, researchers, agricultural advisors, ag retailers and policymakers more effectively address questions about cover crops and learn about best practices. This release has more info and a link to the survey.
IPPA offers six scholarships each for new and returning students. Iowa residents who will attend an Iowa two- or four-year school this fall and major in an agriculture field with pork industry interest should consider applying for scholarships provided by Iowa Pork Producers Association. Application deadline is April 1, 2015. See more info and links to online forms for these scholarships on the IPPA website.
A team of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach specialists, including IPIC interim director Jay Harmon, have developed an online tool to help livestock and poultry producers compare odor mitigation techniques that could be useful on their farms. Read more about the new Air Management Practices Assessment Tool (AMPAT) that's web-based and available at no charge.
Iowa native and ISU alum Donald Beerman has been named chair of the ISU animal science department. He begins Jan. 5, and comes from University of Nebraska--Lincoln where he was interim director of the School and Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.Beermane also led the UNL animal science department from 1999 to 2007. He succeeds Maynard Hogberg, who has been chair at ISU since 2003.
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