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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? What can you do on your farm today to prepare? We are offering workshops, presentations at farm/company meetings, and individual or small group assistance to help with FAD preparedness, enhancing biosecurity, and Secure Pork Supply plans. Learn more about available workshops and assistance.

Check out our online FAD Preparation Guide. 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. Learn what might happen if an FAD is diagnosed in the U.S.; how you can prepare with tracability, disease monitoring, biosecurity and contingency planning; and find a collection of helpful resources related to African Swine Fever and FADs.

In the News

Meet Matt Romoser, the new southeast Iowa extension swine specialist. Learn why his first day on the job was like no other.


What you need to know about COVID-19.

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

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 distingished 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)

USDA COVID-19 resources

See our COVID-19 page for information on changes to programming by and with Iowa Pork Industry Center.

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

The International Conference on Pig Survivability is planned for October 28 and 29 in Omaha, Neb. The conference is part of the Improving Pig Survivability project, a five-year, interdisciplinary, multi-university project funded by the National Pork Board and Foundation for Food and Agriculture. It's aimed at reducing mortality in the U.S. swine industry by 1% or more per year of the project. Iowa State University is one of three universities involved in this collaborative effort.

Ractopamine information documents. Two new documents offer ractopamine-focused information for swine show organizers, exhibitors and managers; and producers, veterinarians and feed manufacturers.