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December 2014

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.


For Iowa State University animal science graduate student Dinesh Thekkoot, being named winner of the 2015 National Swine Industry Federation graduate student award was both encouraging and exciting. 


Need to get a confinement or commercial manure applicator certification? Or is it time to recertify? Iowa State is offering workshops for both programs early next year. Read more about the dates, locations and costs for confinement site workshops and commercial applicator training.


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.


Chris Rademacher who has been hired as ISU swine extension veterinarian through the ISU College of Veterinary Medicine. He comes to ISU from Murphy-Brown where he most recently worked with the MBMO division in Princeton, Missouri. As swine extension vet, he will continue his focus and interest in using research methodologies to answer specific health and production questions and work with existing faculty and staff to disseminate that information broadly to swine veterinarians and others in Iowa’s swine industry.


November 2014

ISU alum Daniel Kovich is new assistant director of science and technology at National Pork Producers Council.


October 2014


September 2014

See the list of 2014 Pork Month Story ideas from Iowa Pork Industry Center at Iowa State University.


Iowa State University Extension and Outreach swine program specialist Terry Steinhart received the Distinguished Service Award, one of the highest honors available to members of the National Association of County Agriculture Agents at the organization's annual meeting this summer.


USDA grants conditional license for PEDv vaccine to Zoetis Inc. The two-dose vaccine is for healthy pregnancy sows and gilts, and should be available later this month. Read more in this Pork Network release. See the specific vaccine details on the Zoetis Inc. website.


August 2014

Jay Harmon has been named the interim director for IPIC. Harmon is professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering and an extension livestock housing specialist, and brings expertise in pork production systems to his new role. Read more.


Mark plans now to attend an Improving PRRS control in the entire system webinar offered at no charge by Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. The Aug. 12 event is set for 1 to 2 p.m. Central Time, and will be moderated by JoAnn Alumbaugh of Pork Network and Bob Morrison of University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. Speakers are Chris Rademaker of Murphy-Brown, Scott Dee of Pipestone, and Montse Terremorell of UMN. Learn more and register here.


July 2014

***High heat and humidity caution***

As the temperature and humidity level rise outside, producer need to address animal comfort indoors. Iowa Pork Industry Center interim director Jay Harmon said it’s the combination of air movement and wetting that help pigs. Wetting pigs is imperative because pigs don’t truly sweat like humans so. Wetting pits is like giving them some artificial sweat. See more information and links to online resources.


June 2014

All Iowa pork producers are invited to attend one of five educational programs this summer, cosponsored by IPIC and IPPA. The focus is environment and swine health information, to be presented by Eldon McAfee and Butch Baker. All will be held from 1 to 4:30 p.m. and are free to those who preregister. See the list of dates and locations and preregistration details on the IPPA website.


IPIC and ISUEO swine program specialist Terry Steinhart to be honored by National Association of County Agricultural Agents this summer. He'll receive the Distinguished Service Award during the organization's annual meeting in Mobile, Alabama.


The 2014 Iowa Swine Day at Iowa State University will feature a variety of current industry topics, including PEDV, food safety and animal welfare. Cost is $60 when preregistered by June 13. Read more about the program.


May 2014

ISU extension swine program specialists have prepared two two-page fact sheets on PEDV considerations for those who exhibit swine at county fairs, and those who work with those young people. Go to the 4-H Q&A page to see information on biosecurity, standard operating procedures, and plans for preparing for county fair show.


Golf registrations are coming in for the 2014 Lauren Christian Pork Chop Open, according to Iowa State University animal science professor. Deadline is June 11 or when field of 32 teams is reached. See more information here, including a link to the registration form.


Some student employees at Iowa State University are playing a vital role in research on critical issues in today’s swine industry. Assistant professor in agricultural and biosystems engineering Dan Andersen said a current three-university research project focusing on the causes of manure pit foaming offers great opportunity for student involvement.


The department of animal science at Iowa State University offers courses about nutrition, breeding and genetics, meat science, and physiology to help students learn about the science of animals. In addition to this curriculum is a class that incorporates livestock with art.


Former IPIC interim associate director Jim Kliebenstein and fellow economics professor Mike Duffy were honored at a retirement reception May 1. See photos from that event.


The 2014 Iowa Swine Day will feature a variety of current industry topics, including PEDV, food safety and animal welfare. Cost is $60 when preregistered by June 13. Read more about the program.


April 2014

James McKean

The Iowa Pork Industry Center staff and faculty offer our thoughts and prayers to the family of James McKean on his sudden passing. Dr. McKean was the IPIC associate director since the center began in 1994 and served as ISU Extension swine veterinarian for more than 30 years. This loss will be felt by all who worked with him in his capacity as an expert in swine health and production issues, from Iowa 4-H swine project members to the international swine community.


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March 2014

ISU's Maynard Hogberg is honored by National Pork Board. The animal science department chair received the Distinguished Service Award during the 2014 National Pork Industry Forum. The annual award recognizes lifelong contribution to the pork industry by an outstanding leader. Read the NBP news release. 3/13/14


February 2014

For nearly 50 years, the swine teaching farm at Iowa State University has been helping students learn about pork production. The farm was built to provide pigs for the students taking classes at Iowa State as a tool for their education and that continues to play a big role today, according to farm manager Jacob Myers. (Now with photos 2/24/14)


Finding the Iowa State University swine expert you need is easier with the online listing provided by Iowa Pork Industry Center (IPIC.) The 21-page pdf booklet features names, photos and contact information for more than 80 faculty and staff members with swine- and/or pork-related work responsibilities. 2/21/14


Preliminary report of 2012 Ag Census now available. One quick fact: Iowa is second in top 10 states for total ag sales, crop sales and livestock sales; and third in number of farms. See more on the USDA website. 2/21/14


Pork producers in northwest Iowa are invited to attend a one-day swine production seminar on Thursday, March 13 in Okoboji. The program is for those in decision-making roles in their pok operations and is sponsored by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, University of Minnesota Extension, Hubbard Feeds and Elanco. 2/18/14


The calendar may show mid-February, but plans for the 2014 Lauren Christian Pork Chop Open are heating up. John Mabry, animal science professor at Iowa State University, leads the planning and said this year’s tournament is scheduled similarly to last year. 2/14/14


Veterinarians and others in Iowa’s pork industry have the opportunity to become Pork Quality Assurance Plus® 2.0 Advisors at an April 24 session offered by Iowa Pork Industry Center (IPIC) at Iowa State University. Applications are required, and attendance is not confirmed until payment is confirmed from approved applicants. 2/11/14


The 2014 Iowa State University (ISU) Animal Industry Report is now available online. This report features a variety of animal industry-related research done at ISU which was supported by the Iowa Agriculture and Home Economics Experiment Station. 2/11/14


January 2014

Pork producers: learn how to fine tune your propane usage this winter to save energy and money, using these tips from ISU ABE professor Jay Harmon. 1/27/14


The successful pork industry distance education programs SowBridge and PorkBridge are scheduled to begin in early February, so those who want to participate need to register very soon. 1/14/14


Iowa pork producers are invited to learn more about preventing losses, limiting liability and conducting barn walk-throughs at the 2014 Iowa Pork Regional Conferences scheduled for late next month. They’ll also hear about factors affecting operations’ financial status and get updates on a variety of health and disease issues. 1/7/14



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