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Sustainability is more than a buzzword for pork producers. It offers a focus to set new goals and standards in their operations, and consequently, the swine industry as a whole. Improving sustainability of pork production involves fully understanding how the environment and production practices interact, and the use of a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) helps provide that information. A new fact sheet, Sustainability in the Swine Industry: Understanding the Life Cycle Assessment, and new calculator can help producers in their sustainability efforts.

Matie George is looking forward to working with producers and others in Iowa’s pork industry, and said her recent experience provided a solid background for her new role with Iowa Pork Industry Center at Iowa State University. As an education extension specialist, she will be responsible for creating educational content from a variety of programming and research efforts for producers.

Iowa State University students majoring in animal science and interested in learning more about swine have a new option. The ISU animal science department now offers a swine management certificate option and students can enroll at no cost.

For a dozen years, Iowa State University has been involved with Swine Science Online, a program offering education and training for future pork industry professionals. Billed as the first-ever undergraduate program of its kind when it began in 2010, it connects students and instructors throughout the United States through distance education. Laura Greiner, assistant professor in animal science, instructs two courses: Basic Swine Science, and Swine Nursery & Finishing Management.

A new fact sheet from Iowa Pork Industry Center, Feed Additives to Mitigate the Risk of Virus-contaminated Feed, focuses on three research papers that evaluated compounds to mitigate virus-contaminated feed. Iowa State University extension swine specialist Mark Storlie is one of the authors.

 

Covid-19 what you need to know

Animal growth resources: Due to unique circumstances that have disrupted the flow of market hogs to packing plants for harvest, the IPIC team hosted a webinar to discuss nutritional strategies to alter market hog growth on April 21, 2020. Updated information from university and commercial research projects was presented during a second webinar on May 28, 2020. Click on the below videos if you missed them or would like to watch them again. Also, we have developed additional supportive resources (below the video) that were referenced in the first webinar that can be downloaded. As these documents are updated, the link will remain the same. Sign up for regular email updates.

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Dealing with stress: Serious financial and other stresses continue to impact and affect those in our agricultural community. Here are links to some resources to help deal with a variety of stress concerns and grief.
The Iowa Concern Hotline is always available at 800-447-1985, iowaconcern@iastate.edu and at https://www.extension.iastate.edu/iowaconcern/

foreign animal disease preparation

What is the risk of an FAD, like African Swine Fever, to the U.S. swine industry? How would the U.S. respond to an FAD outbreak? Learn more about Secure Pork Supply assistance and workshops.

We've put together a compilation of information, steps to take on your farm, and resources to help you get started in preparing and protecting your farm from FADs. Check out our online FAD Preparation Guide here.

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