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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 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.

Managing Pork Market Disruptions: Nutritional Strategies to Slow Growth Rate - Part 2 (1:05:24)

This "Nutritional Strategies to Managing Pork Market Disruptions" webinar was hosted by IPIC on April 21, 2020. Speakers Dr. John Patience and Dr. Laura Greiner of Iowa State University’s Animal Science department discussed nutritional strategies that could be implemented to slow growth rate. In addition, preliminary data from Dr. Nick Gabler's on-going trial using several of the nutritional strategies was shared. (1:01:08)

Approaches to Reducing Feed Intake and Growth Rate in Market Hogs during Interruption of Animal Movement pdf 4-13-20

Ongoing Research Project Assessing the Effectiveness of Different Diets to Reduce Market Hog Growth (final report) pdf 6-3-20

Nutritional Strategies to Managing Pork Market Disruptions In this FAQ document, ISU faculty and staff address webinar questions and concerns regarding feeding and nutritional strategies. It will be updated as additional questions arise and information is available. pdf 5-6-20

Economic Considerations for Reducing Growth Rates and Feed Intake In Finishing Pigs: Russ Euken and Lee Schulz offer considerations and thoughts on making economic decisions revolving around reducing growth of market hogs during market disruptions. pdf 4-23-20

Dr. John Patience, Iowa State University, was interviewed by Dr. Marcio Goncalves to discuss managing pig growth during special conditions. That video (22:23) can be found here:

American Association of Swine Veterinarians Scroll to On-Farm and Producer Resources

Resilience in the Era of Covid-19 webinar. During this presentation, Dr. David Brown (Behavioral Health State Specialist at Iowa State University Extension and Outreach) and Dr. Cameron Schmitt (Veterinarian with Pipestone Veterinary Services) offered their real-world insights, experiences and practical tools to develop mental resilience and provide coping strategies in the face of COVID-19. (0:53:40)

Resources provided by Dr. David Brown
Behavioral Health Resources List
Key Iowa MH/DD Mental Health Providers By Region
Resilience in the COVID-19 Era - webinar key points

Animal Susceptibility to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

COVID-19 not transmitted by food
Jim Roth, director of the Center for Food Security and Public Health and distinguished professor in Veterinary Microbiology and Preventive Medicine in the College of Veterinary Medicine at ISU, told KCCI-TV that COVID-19 is not transmitted by food, and meat products from processing plants is safe. (0:30-2:37)

Terry Houser, ISU Meat Lab director and Smithfield Foods Chair in Meat Science Extension, reminds consumers that purchasing meat products from grocery stores or directly from a meat processor can be assured those products are safe. Even though meat processing facility employees may come down with illness, that does not mean the food is unsafe.



Iowa State University

Center for Agricultural and Rural Development

ISU Ag Decision Maker - developing workplace contingency plans

ISU Center for Agricultural Law and Taxation

ISU Contacts (campus and field) for COVID-19 topics

ISU Research Farms COVID-19 protocols


Government, Producer, Other University

Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship resources

Iowa Pork Producers Association resources

  • Essential Critical Infrastructure Worker form - COVID-19.

    If you are hauling pigs or feed to a state that has either partial or full shelter-in-place orders, the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) has created a letter you or your employees should carry in your cabs indicating that you are an Essential Critical Infrastructure Worker. This page has links to three formats of the letter - all are the same - that must be signed by the employee and the farm owner.

National Pork Board resources

University of Minnesota Swine Disease Eradication Center resources

Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center resources

USDA COVID-19 resources 


Personal and human health resources

Iowa Department of Public Health

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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. Remember also that the Iowa Concern Hotline is always available at 800-447-1985, and at