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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.

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The 2019 Iowa Pork Regional Conferences are Feb. 18-22 in five locations across Iowa. Cosponsored by IPIC and Iowa Pork Producers Association, this annual series offers information and industry updates by ISU and other speakers. All sessions are 1-4:30 p.m. at all locations, and PQA certification sessions are 9 a.m. to noon at each location as well. No charge as long as you preregister at least two days prior to the session you wish to attend. Preregister by contacting IPPA's Carla Vanderheiden IPPA by phone 800-372-7675 or email cvanderheiden@iowapork.org Find dates, locations, topics and speakers on the IPPA website.

As the global spread of African Swine Fever continues, it is timely to review on-farm biosecurity. That’s why the Iowa Pork Industry Center is partnering with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach swine specialists to offer workshops based on understanding biosecurity and developing plans to implement appropriate strategies. Swine specialist Colin Johnson said one such workshop will be held Feb. 19 at the Marshall County Extension office, beginning at 1 p.m.

"Foreign Animal Disease Preparedness: What to expect and How to prepare" workshops for pig, cattle, sheep and goat producers, extension personnel and veterinarians are scheduled at five Iowa locations, from Feb. 7 to March 12. All are hosted by Iowa Department of Ag and Land Stewardship and Center for Food Security and Public Health at Iowa State University, provided at no cost and include lunch. Attendees at these interactive workshops (8:30 to 3:30 p.m.) will learn what to expect if Foot and Mouth Disease or African Swine Fever is found in the U.S., how long movement could stop and the requirements to move animals once movement restarts, how to protect their animals from diseases, and the use of daily health monitoring strategies in an outbreak. More details on the workshop flyer. Preregister by completing this online form or calling 515-281-5321.

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.