IPIC offers an internal research and demonstration grant program. Check here for photo updates as final reports are received. Not all projects will be included on this page.
Consumer Preference Study and Survey 2004 2005
ISU Extension swine field specialist Larry McMullen researched consumers' views of pork loin tenderness, juiciness, flavor, and overall acceptance, along with their preferences, attitudes, and acceptance of pork. This study, "Sensory Preference of Consumers for High pH, Low pH, and Berkshire Loins" and its accompanying survey, "Consumer Preference, Attitude, and Acceptance of Pork" were funded by a grant from Iowa Pork Industry Center.
Field specialist: Larry McMullen
Phytase Study 2000 2001
Results from a swine demonstration project at Kirkwood Community College will help the swine industry determine the effects of using dietary phytase to reduce phosphorus. Phytase is an enzyme that breaks down a component (phytate) in grains and oil seeds, resulting in more dietary phosphorus being available to the pig.
Field Specialist: Larry McMullen in cooperation with Arlin Karsten, DVM, and Steve Juhl from Kirkwood.
Biofilter Project 2000 2000
A demonstration project at the Kirkwood Swine Facility at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids is pleasing to both smell and sight and that's just what Iowa State University (ISU) Extension livestock field specialist Terry Steinhart and ISU Extension agricultural engineer Greg Brenneman had in mind. They designed a biofilter for the exhaust system at the college's 10-stall farrowing house that would decrease odors and blend in visually with the surroundings.
Field Specialists: Greg Brenneman and Terry Steinhart
Composting Project 2000
A livestock composting project in northwest Iowa is helping producers make economically feasible decisions regarding disposal of their fallen animals.
Field Specialists: Kris Kohl and Dennis DeWitt