About IPIC

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The Iowa Pork Industry Center was established in 1994 as a coordinated effort of the colleges of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State University. The center focuses efforts across departments and partners with other agencies and commercial entities to better serve the educational and informational needs of the industry. IPIC also focuses its efforts in programs that are integral and complementary to work by ISU Extension and Outreach. Through IPIC, Iowa producers receive accurate and timely information to aid in making their operations more efficient and profitable. Interdisciplinary programs with the colleges of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Business, Engineering and Veterinary Medicine are ongoing.


Our mission is to promote efficient pork production technologies in Iowa, maintain Iowa's pork industry leadership and strengthen rural development efforts.

Coordination with ISU Extension and Outreach

ISU Extension and Outreach campus and field staff members with swine responsibilities who are located throughout the state provide a variety of outreach opportunities to connect IPIC and the state's pork producers. These specialists are available for discussion and consultation purposes in person, by phone and email. See our team page for individual contact information.

What we do

We provide a variety of educational and informational opportunities for producers and the Iowa pork industry, ranging from workshops on topics like ventilation and the common swine industry audit to larger multi-topic seminars like Iowa State’s annual Iowa Swine Day. We also deliver information via this website and through distance education programs like SowBridge and PorkBridge. We provide individual consultations and assistance, including answering questions about where to find information on a particular topic to more complex business or production assessments. We also work with those not directly involved in the pork industry to help provide sound, research-based information on pork production. And, we work in partnership with commodity organizations, private industry and commercial businesses to deliver appropriate, timely and accurate resources.

PORKLine 800-808-7675

PORKLine is a toll-free phone line provided by IPIC to assist Iowa pork producers with answers to their questions relating to swine production, management and marketing. In addition to information from campus specialists, PORKLine responses are supported with data from several sources, including ISU Extension and Outreach publications, scientific and producer journals and periodicals, livestock industry reports and marketing sources.