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Welcome to the Iowa Pork Industry Center website where you can find news, events and resources to assist producers and others in the industry. We also offer links to research, educational opportunities, technology and software to help members of today's pork industry adapt and thrive. Our mission is to promote and enable efficient pork production through disseminating decision-impacting information to producers. Faculty and staff at Iowa State who work in swine-related areas are dedicated to improving pork production efficiency through innovative research and distribution of new knowledge to pork producers. At IPIC we help foster industry engagement and develop and distribute key programming to enable technology adoption and improve industry practices to positively influence pork production.

In the News

Southeast Iowa producers who need PQAPlus or TQA certification soon should consider sessions set for June 6 at the Henry County Extension office. Iowa State swine program specialist Tom Miller will lead both sessions -- PQA in the morning and TQA in the afternoon. You can pay the fee onsite, but be sure to preregister to assure adequate materials.

IPIC, Iowa Pork Producers Association and ISU Extension and Outreach are offering free PQA Plus and TQA certification sessions for Iowa farmers this summer. The first of both is June 7, during World Pork Expo in Des Moines. The rest will be held July - August in each of IPPA's eight districts, with TQA in the morning and PQAPlus in the afternoon at the same location. See details and sign up on the IPPA website.

From knowing one's audience to understanding the use and reach of online techniques, farmers are encouraged to learn how to share their stories with consumers, students and the public. State and national pork organizations help Iowa pig farmers learn about communicating. Learn more in this article by spring semester IPIC communication student Maddie Hagerty.

The application deadline for the June 8 Pork Quality Assurance Plus 3.0 Advisor certification session is fast approaching. Organizer Chris Rademacher said the two-page application is required of everyone interested in attending the session during World Pork Expo and is due by Friday, May 26. No walk-ins are allowed.

ISU extension livestock economist Lee Schulz describes the USDA’s recently released National Agricultural Statistics Service Meat Animals Production, Disposition, and Income 2016 Summary. Check it out on our hot topics page.

Iowa Swine Day 2017 builds on a successful history of addressing current issues and opportunities facing today’s producers. The June 29 event features speakers from a variety of backgrounds and expertise, and in addition to information, lunch and refreshments, the $50 registration fee (before June 18) provides an evening barbecue meal sponsored by the acclaimed Smokey D’s. More details in this release.

Check out our VFD page: Prescriptions and Licensing FAQ from Iowa Board of Pharmacy. While this piece addresses questions from both wholesale/distributor and veterinarian perspectives, it's helpful for anyone wanting more information.

The Veterinary Feed Directive is now in effect. Do you need information to comply with these new rules for using antibiotics in livestock? Resources to help:
IPIC: Prescription and licensing FAQ from Iowa Board of Pharmacy
IPIC: VFD questions and scenarios with responses from FDA (updated May 2017)
IPIC: VFD general information
Iowa Farm Bureau: Veterinary Feed Directive: "What You Need to Know" webinar
Iowa Farm Bureau: Presentation slides and webinar recordings segment #1 (25:14) and segment #2 (44:36).


Questions? Contact Sherry Hoyer