A message from IPIC's Director Jason Ross:
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
Pork producers are invited to attend either of two workshops focusing on advanced swine reproductive management topics scheduled for mid-December in Waverly and Le Mars. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Iowa Pork Industry Center and Iowa Pork Producers Association are sponsoring the seminars, set for Dec. 12 and Dec. 13, that feature Purdue University reproductive specialist Dr. Kara Stewart. Cost is $30, with $10 for each additional person from the same entity.
Pork producers are committed to making sure their pigs receive proper humane animal care. But despite their best efforts, not every pig will make it to market. IPIC swine specialist J. Erik Potter says a new euthanasia workshop created by Dr. Anna Johnson, associate professor of animal science; Dr. Suzanne Millman, professor, veterinary diagnostic and production animal medicine and biomedical science; and the Iowa Pork Industry Center at Iowa State University will address this important issue.
At the Oct. 19 "USDA-NIFA Listens: Investing in Science to Transform Lives" session in Overland Park, IPIC director Jason Ross spoke to the assembled group about the importance of understanding the future of livestock agriculture in the U.S., educating and training the next generation of food producers, and prioritizing whole system approaches to producing human food. All presentations were recorded and posted on a USDA-NIFA Youtube channel. See his presentation starting at 35:22.
Using genetics to improve reproductive performance and response to disease is a vital component of the future of the pork industry, and new Iowa State University animal scientist Nick Serão said he hopes his research will help with both areas. Serão began his position as assistant professor in swine genetics in March and has been developing his research team and program.
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