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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, and registration is now underway. New this year, the series will be provided online through Zoom, although participants will be able to use a call-in option instead if they prefer. Ken Stalder, Iowa State University animal science professor and extension swine specialist, said suggestions from participants guide the selection of future topics and speakers, and the live interaction with session speakers will not change.

Many Iowa State University clubs can help students increase their knowledge and expand their leadership skills. For those interested in animal agriculture, the Block and Bridle Club fits the bill nicely. As the largest on-campus organization, it offers opportunities for various livestock topical groups, including the swine interest group. Current Swine Interest Group president Brielle Smeby said activities for the group can range from industry trips, guest speakers and career events.

The USDA's Foreign Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory announced that African Swine Fever has been confirmed in samples collected from pigs from the Dominican Republic through an existing cooperative surveillance program. Currently pork and pork products from the Dominican Republic are prohibited entry to the U.S. due to existing classical swine fever restrictions. Read the official USDA statement and plans to keep the disease from entering the U.S. See links to more resources on our African Swine Fever page.

 

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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