The Iowa Pork Industry Center was established in 1994 as a coordinated effort of the colleges of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State University. IPIC focuses its efforts in programs that are integral and complementary to work by ISU Extension and Outreach. Through IPIC, Iowa producers receive accurate and timely information to aid in making their operations more efficient and profitable. Interdisciplinary programs with the colleges of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Business, Engineering and Veterinary Medicine are ongoing.
Advisory Board. (left to right): Mark Ledger, Tyler Bettin, Dean Frazer, Greg Carlson, Dave Striegel, Marv Carlson, Dale Reicks 06/11
Our mission is to promote efficient pork production technologies in Iowa, maintain Iowa's pork industry leadership and strengthen rural development efforts.
Coordination with ISU Extension and Outreach
ISU Extension and Outreach campus and field staff members with swine responsibilities provide a variety of outreach opportunities to connect IPIC and the state's pork producers. These specialists are available for discussion and consultation purposes in person, by phone, fax and email.
Federal Program of Work
IPIC's federal POW for 2011-2015 has three performance goals: environmental, economic and social sustainability of the pork industry in Iowa; rural economic development for Iowa; and development of the next generation of the pork industry in Iowa. Read the plan.
Annual funding is from ISU Extension (including the Extension 21 initiative) and the Iowa Agriculture and Home Economics Experiment Station. IPIC also receives project-specific funds (including grants and contracts) from the Iowa Pork Producers Association, the National Pork Board, and other agencies and entities.
PORKLine is a toll-free phone line available to assist Iowa pork producers with answers to their questions relating to swine production, management and marketing. In addition to information from campus specialists, PORKLine responses are supported with data from several sources, including ISU Extension publications, scientific and producer journals and periodicals, livestock industry reports and marketing sources.
IPIC Advisory board members represent various segments of Iowa's pork industry. Current members are Tyler Bettin (Iowa Pork Producers Association); Dale Reicks (producer); Dean Frazer (producer); Greg Carlson (producer); Marv Carlson (education); Mark Ledger (at-large representative/producer); and Dr. David Striegel (industry representative.)
IPIC advisory committee members are ISU Extension county staff and agriculture field staff, representing livestock, farm management and agricultural engineering.