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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

SowBridge, the distance educational series for those who work with sows, boars and piglets, and with genetic and reproductive issues, begins its 11th program year in February 2019. Registration is now underway at a reduced cost of $200 for the full year. Read about the speakers and topics, and sign up soon to ensure materials receipt for the first session.

Registration is now open for the 2019 PorkBridge distance education program, and good news: the cost has decreased to $100. The six-part series begins its run in early Feb. with a registration deadline of Jan. 15 to ensure receipt of program materials by the first session. ISU professor and swine specialist Ken Stalder said industry issues and participant input drive the program content and speaker selection.

A multistate five-year research project led by IPIC seeks to increase pork producers’ profits by improving the survivability of their animals. IPIC director Jason Ross leads the overall effort of this pig survivability project which includes Kansas State University and Purdue University scientists. The overarching goal is to improve swine survivability by 1 percent or more each year.

The newest swine faculty member at Iowa State University, Laura Greiner, said she’s ready to combine her education and private industry research experiences to create a great experience for students and pork producers. Since her start date in early November, she's been refamiliarizing herself with Iowa State’s animal science department, faculty, staff and students, and is enthusiastic about this step in her career.

map of outbreak of ASF in ChinaAfrican Swine Fever is a serious, highly contagious, viral disease. It can spread rapidly in pig populations by direct or indirect contact, and can persist for long periods in uncooked pig products, facilitating its introduction into new areas. Multiple outbreaks have been identified in China and other countries. Our ASF page has more info.