IN THE NEWS
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.
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.
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has changed its 24/7 Environmental Emergency phone number. The new number is 515-725-8694 and should be used to report manure, fertilizer or chemical spills, as well as fish kills and other environmental emergencies. Remember that manure and chemical spills must be reported within six hours of the onset or discovery of the spill. If you’re not sure who should use this emergency number, check the IDNR website’s Environmental Reporting Hotline Guide.
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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