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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.

In the News

The 2017 Iowa Pork Regional Conferences will feature heath and safety topics, for pigs and people. IPPA, IPIC and Iowa State Extension and Outreach partner to provide these sessions, set for Feb. 20-22, and 24, all running from 1 to 4:30 p.m at four Iowa locations. Iowa State faculty and staff will present information on PEDV, PRRS and Senecavirus A; market outlook; barn safety; and antibiotic stewardship. Producers also can attend free PQA Plus certification sessions from 9:30 a.m. to noon at each session location. Preregister and attend free or pay $5 at the door for the afternoon sessions. See more info, including preregistration details, on the IPPA website.

Expected hog returns have strengthened notably in recent weeks. Read more about the welcome development of returns showing profit in this piece by ISU Extension livestock economist Dr. Lee Schulz.

Iowa Pork Industry Center is partnering with Purdue University on a survey to evaluate the use of current reproductive technologies and barriers to adopting additional technologies in commercial sow farms across the United States. We are asking for sow farms to participate in this anonymous online survey to assess reproductive technologies in today’s operations. The survey should take no more than 15 minutes and all responses are anonymous. Please note you must be at least 18 years of age to participate. Results will be shared by Purdue with Extension programs across the U.S. including IPIC and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. If you know of any other producers willing to participate, please forward this information to them. The more participants in this survey, the better and more complete the picture of the industry will be captured. If you have questions or need assistance during the survey, please contact Kara Stewart at Purdue by email or phone at 765-496-6199. Click here to go to the survey.

SowBridge, the highly successful low-tech distance education program for those involved in managing or caring for boars, sows, and/or their litters, has begun its ninth year. Iowa State swine specialist Ken Stalder said the program continues to draw participants from the U.S., Canada and Europe because of the timely topics addressed by nationally recognized experts. While the first session was Feb. 1, people may register at any time during the program year and receive links to all session materials.

The eleventh year of the successful distance education series, PorkBridge, is underway. This low-tech program features timely and intriguing topics presented by recognized industry experts. ISU’s Ken Stalder said the cost has not increased, and at $125 for the year is a great bargain for its access to experts from around the country. Those who register after the start of the program year still receive links to all program materials.

The Veterinary Feed Directive is now in effect. Do you need information to comply with these new rules for using antibiotics in livestock? Resources to help:
IPIC: VFD questions and scenarios with responses from FDA
IPIC: VFD general information
Iowa Farm Bureau: Veterinary Feed Directive: "What You Need to Know" webinar
Iowa Farm Bureau: Presentation slides and webinar recordings segment #1 (25:14) and segment #2 (44:36).


Questions? Contact Sherry Hoyer