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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.


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.
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in the news

Pork producers can learn more about building ventilation from the inside out through a series of five workshops in mid-March. Brett Ramirez of ISU agricultural and biosystems engineering is leading the workshops and said the daylong program combines classroom instruction with hands-on trials and application of knowledge. No cost to attend, although preregistration is required due to limited capacity.

After several U.S. processors announced last year they would process only pigs that are free of ractopamine, Locke Karriker and Chris Rademacher of ISU's VDPAM developed an FAQ document to address concerns and offer relevant information. The info is intended for pork producers, swine exhibition participants, feed manufacturers and veterinarians, and the document will be updated as new questions arise.

Also in 2020, a document from Jodi Sterle of ISU's animal science department incorporated available ractopamine information into the decision-making process for management of market hog exhibitions, fairs and shows, by providing options for considerations. The document offers information, options and explanations, yet cautions that every situation is unique and each show, fair and exhibition must make the decision that works for their circumstances. 

Former extension swine specialist Tom Miller was named Honorary Master Pork Producer Award by Iowa Pork Producers Association at the 2021 Iowa Pork Congress recognition banquet. Miller began his extension career in late 1999 and retired in May 2020.

Since 2005, PorkBridge has provided relevant and timely information to grow-finish swine producers and other industry professionals across the U.S. and around the world. The 2021 program year series begins Feb. 4 and continues on an every-other-month for six total sessions. The program is a source of relevant and accurate information for those who own, manage or work in swine grow-finish facilities, according to Iowa State University animal science professor and extension swine specialist, Ken Stalder, who is the Iowa contact for PorkBridge.

SowBridge, the distance educational series for those who work with sows, boars and piglets, and with genetic and reproductive issues, begins its next program year in February 2021, and registration is now underway. This opportunity pairs electronically provided materials with live presentations via teleconference. Suggestions from past participants help with planning the next year’s topics and speakers, and maintain the program’s value, according to Ken Stalder, Iowa State University animal science professor and extension swine specialist.

Iowa Pork Industry Center at Iowa State University has scheduled a series of virtual certification sessions for PQA Plus Advisors in 2021, and applications are now being accepted for all of them. Iowa State extension swine veterinarian Chris Rademacher will teach the sessions, set for April 9, June 11, August 13, October 8 and December 10.


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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