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Covid-19 what you need to know

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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 commerical 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/

in the news

Register now for a five-part webinar series on swine building maintenance, provided by ISU Extension with assistance from Iowa DNR and several sponsors. Topics range from concrete pit construction to roof to moisture management and everything in between. Presenters are extension ag engineers and DNR environmental engineer. Sessions will be held Aug. 19-28, all from 1 to 2 p.m. CDT. You must preregister and pay to receive webinar access info, and payment must be completed by midnight, Aug. 17. Cost is $20 for all sessions and is payable by credit card only through the webinar website. Contact any ISU extension ag engineer with questions.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has scheduled a five-part workshop series to train livestock producers and service providers how to use the Revised Universal Soil Loss Equation 2 (RUSLE2) and the Iowa Phosphorus Index in nutrient management and manure management plans. The series will be provided via the Zoom platform and is set for Aug. 10-14, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. each day. Participants will receive daily links to join each day's Zoom session. Participants will be divided in to breakout rooms within Zoom to work in small groups on real field examples. These examples also will be used to determine risk calculations of the Iowa Phosphorus Index and how to incorporate these numbers into manure and nutrient management planning requirements. Manure management planning, soil sampling requirements, common errors and the IDNR’s review process also will be discussed. Registration for the workshop is $150 when registered by Aug. 5, and is limited to 15 participants. For additional details and to register for the workshop, please see the workshop website.

Iowa Pork Industry Center at Iowa State University has two virtual certification sessions scheduled for 2020 for PQA Plus Advisors and is taking applications from those who aren't sure which date will work best for them. The sessions are set for October 16 and December 4, and Iowa State Extension swine veterinarian Chris Rademacher will teach all sessions.

The International Conference on Pig Survivability, originally set for Oct. 28-29, has been postponed a year. Improving Pig Survivability Project leaders said the decision was necessary due to ongoing concerns with the COVID-19 pandemic. Conference planning chair Joel DeRouchey of Kansas State University said the new dates for the conference are Oct. 27-28, and the location will remain at the Hilton Omaha, in Omaha, NE.

 

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.