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  • Pork producers are committed to making sure their pigs receive proper humane animal care. But despite their best efforts, not every pig will make it to market. IPIC swine specialist J. Erik Potter says a new euthanasia workshop created by Dr. Anna Johnson, associate professor of animal science; Dr. Suzanne Millman, professor, veterinary diagnostic and production animal medicine and biomedical science; and the Iowa Pork Industry Center at Iowa State University will address this important issue.
  • At the Oct. 19 "USDA-NIFA Listens: Investing in Science to Transform Lives" session in Overland Park, IPIC director Jason Ross spoke to the assembled group about the importance of understanding the future of livestock agriculture in the U.S., educating and training the next generation of food producers, and prioritizing whole system approaches to producing human food. All presentations were recorded and posted on a USDA-NIFA Youtube channel. See his presentation starting at 35:22.
  • A first of its kind conference focusing on the use and managing of big data as it pertains to research in production agriculture is a reality thanks to efforts of three Iowa State University animal science faculty and others who are part of the Livestock High-Throughput Phenotyping and Big Data Analytics steering committee. Assistant professors Nick Serão and James Koltes, and James Reecy, professor, director of the office of biotechnology and associate vice president for research have been integral in developing the vision and agenda for the Livestock HTP and Big Data conference, set for Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 13-14.
  • Check out our VFD page: Prescriptions and Licensing FAQ from Iowa Board of Pharmacy. While this piece addresses questions from both wholesale/distributor and veterinarian perspectives, it's helpful for anyone wanting more information
  • 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: Prescription and licensing FAQ from Iowa Board of Pharmacy
    IPIC: VFD questions and scenarios with responses from FDA (updated May 2017)
    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).
  • Interested in becoming certified as a PQAPlus advisor? We're offering a certification session in Ames on Sept. 11. Fee of $75 is due upon notification of approved application and is required to assure a spot in this session. This release has details and link to application forms.
  • One more date in free summer series of PQA/TQA trainings provided by IPIC, Iowa Pork Producers Association and ISU Extension and Outreach.  Sign up for Aug. 29 at Nashua on the IPPA website.
  • The 2017 Iowa Swine Day program is in the books, and what a successful event it was. Whether you were one of the more than 450 attendees or you simply want to check out some of the information shared with them, take a look at the presentations provided to us for postin
  • Using genetics to improve reproductive performance and response to disease is a vital component of the future of the pork industry, and new Iowa State University animal scientist Nick Serão said he hopes his research will help with both areas. Serão began his position as assistant professor in swine genetics in March and has been developing his research team and program.
  • Iowa Swine Day 2017 is just days away and the schedule is finalized. See what you'll be missing if you don't register soon. Just $75 for a day of information and great food!
  • The application deadline for the June 8 Pork Quality Assurance Plus 3.0 Advisor certification session is fast approaching. Organizer Chris Rademacher said the two-page application is required of everyone interested in attending the session during World Pork Expo and is due by Friday, May 26. No walk-ins are allowed.
  • Southeast Iowa producers who need PQAPlus or TQA certification soon should consider sessions set for June 6 at the Henry County Extension office. Iowa State swine program specialist Tom Miller will lead both sessions --PQA in the morning and TQA in the afternoon. You can pay the fee onsite, but be sure to preregister to assure adequate materials.
  • IPIC, Iowa Pork Producers Association and ISU Extension and Outreach are offering free PQA Plus and TQA certification sessions for Iowa farmers this summer. The first of both is June 7, during World Pork Expo in Des Moines. The rest will be held July - August in each of IPPA's eight districts, with TQA in the morning and PQAPlus in the afternoon at the same location. See details and sign up on the IPPA website.
  • From knowing one's audience to understanding the use and reach of online techniques, farmers are encouraged to learn how to share their stories with consumers, students and the public. State and national pork organizations help Iowa pig farmers learn about communicating. Learn more in this article by spring semester IPIC communication student Maddie Hagerty.
  • Iowa Swine Day 2017 builds on a successful history of addressing current issues and opportunities facing today’s producers. The June 29 event features speakers from a variety of backgrounds and expertise, and in addition to information, lunch and refreshments, the $50 registration fee (before June 18) provides an evening barbecue meal sponsored by the acclaimed Smokey D’s. More details in this release.
  • Iowa Pork Industry Center has scheduled a Pork Quality Assurance Plus 3.0 advisor certification session during the 2017 World Pork Expo in Des Moines. Iowa State University Extension swine veterinarian Chris Rademacher is coordinating the session that’s set for Thursday, June 8, at the Iowa State Fair Grounds.
  • Southeast Iowa producers who need PQAPlus certification soon should consider a session set for April 3 at the Washington County Extension office. Iowa State swine program specialist Tom Miller will lead the session beginning at 1:30 p.m. You can pay the $25 fee onsite, but be sure to preregister to assure adequate materials.
  • Check out the new resource on our VFD page: Prescriptions and Licensing FAQ from Iowa Board of Pharmacy. While this piece addresses questions from both wholesale/distributor and veterinarian perspectives, it's helpful for anyone wanting more information.
  • 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.
  • The 2017 Iowa Pork Regional Conferences will feature heath and safety, 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.
  • 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.