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  • The 8th annual Iowa Swine Day took place at Iowa State University on June 27 with a record 570 people attending. The event attracted many pork producers, and representatives from feed, genetics, equipment, and animal health companies, veterinarians, and many university faculty and students. Together, representatives from swine production companies collectively managed approximately 3 million sows, roughly 50% of the U.S. sow herd.
  • A RUSLE2 and Iowa Phosphorus Index Workshop has been scheduled for July 25 at the Polk County Extension & Outreach Office in Altoona. This workshop provides hands-on RUSLE2 software orientation and uses real field examples to determine risk calculations of the Iowa Phosphorus Index; and how to incorporate these numbers into manure and nutrient management planning requirements. Soil sampling requirements, common errors, and the DNR’s review process also will be discussed. Anyone interested in this training can find additional information at the RUSLE2 Workshop website here
  • The purpose of Iowa Drainage School 2019 is to train stakeholders in sub-surface drainage concepts, planning and laying out drainage systems including surveying a profile, laying out the system, calculating tile line sizes and spacing using actual field data, and fixing common drainage system issues. The school is scheduled for August 20-22 at the Borlaug Learning Center in Nashua. Each day includes a combination of hands-on training, lecture and discussion, and problem solving using in-field examples. More information is available on the Iowa Drainage School website here
  • The ISU Research Farms have put in place a new advisory for African Swine Fever which joins existing advisories for FMD and Avian Influenza. Visitors are welcome at the ISU Research Farms and tours can be arranged by contacting the farms in advance. If visitors arrive at the research farm unannounced, they are encouraged to call the farm office or the farm superintendent on arrival. All three advisories are available through links on the farms' visitors page here
  • Iowa Pork Industry Center at Iowa State University continues to work with industry professionals in offering Pork Quality Assurance Plus 4.0 advisor certification opportunities, including a newly scheduled session for Friday, Aug. 9. Iowa State Extension swine veterinarian Chris Rademacher is coordinating the session which will be held at the Hansen Ag Student Learning Center.
  • IPIC is offering Pork Quality Assurance Plus (PQA) advisor certification sessions. With the introduction later this year of PQA Plus 4.0, IPIC is offering advisor certification sessions with two currently remaining on June 4 and July 2. Deadlines are two weeks prior to the session date or when the maximum limit is reached. Those interested in attending should download, complete and submit the application form for their desired date and location as soon as possible.
  • The Jeff and Deb Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center is unique to Iowa State University, the state of Iowa and much of the Midwest. From everyday classroom and lab areas for courses to professional development space for internal and external groups, and from formal receptions to club meetings, this multipurpose building serves a multitude of purposes and hosts thousands of people each year.
  • This year’s Iowa Swine Day event, set for June 27 in Ames, offers expert speakers who will address current issues affecting the industry. Some of the topics will include the status of and response to African Swine Fever, what makes a biosecurity program successful, improving company culture, precision pork production, and feeding the high-producing sow. Learn more about the presenters, topics and agenda.
  • Producers and others who need Pork Quality Assurance Plus certification might want to register for the March 22 session in Washington County. The $25 fee can be paid at the door, but preregistration is required to ensure adequate materials. Iowa State Extension swine specialist Tom Miller will lead the training and can answer any questions.
  • IPIC is offering Pork Quality Assurance Plus (PQA) advisor certification sessions. With the introduction later this year of a new version of PQA Plus, IPIC has scheduled several advisor certification sessions from May through early July. Those interested in receiving or renewing their certification as advisors should check the available dates and locations, registration limits, and application deadlines. One early April session is already full.
  • The 2019 Iowa Pork Regional Conferences are Feb. 18-22 in five locations across Iowa. Cosponsored by IPIC and Iowa Pork Producers Association, this annual series offers information and industry updates by ISU and other speakers. All sessions are 1-4:30 p.m. at all locations, and PQA certification sessions are 9 a.m. to noon at each location as well. No charge as long as you preregister at least two days prior to the session you wish to attend. Preregister by contacting IPPA's Carla Vanderheiden IPPA by phone 800-372-7675 or email Find dates, locations, topics and speakers on the IPPA website.
  • As the global spread of African Swine Fever continues, it is timely to review on-farm biosecurity. That’s why the Iowa Pork Industry Center is partnering with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach swine specialists to offer workshops based on understanding biosecurity and developing plans to implement appropriate strategies. Swine specialist Colin Johnson said one such workshop will be held Feb. 19 at the Marshall County Extension office, beginning at 1 p.m.
  • "Foreign Animal Disease Preparedness: What to expect and How to prepare" workshops for pig, cattle, sheep and goat producers, extension personnel and veterinarians are scheduled at five Iowa locations, from Feb. 7 to March 12. All are hosted by Iowa Department of Ag and Land Stewardship and Center for Food Security and Public Health at Iowa State University, provided at no cost and include lunch. Attendees at these interactive workshops (8:30 to 3:30 p.m.) will learn what to expect if Foot and Mouth Disease or African Swine Fever is found in the U.S., how long movement could stop and the requirements to move animals once movement restarts, how to protect their animals from diseases, and the use of daily health monitoring strategies in an outbreak. More details on the workshop flyer. Preregister by completing this online form or calling 515-281-5321.
  • SowBridge, the distance educational series for those who work with sows, boars and piglets, and with genetic and reproductive issues, begins its 11th program year in February 2019. Registration is now underway at a reduced cost of $200 for the full year. Read about the speakers and topics, and sign up soon to ensure materials receipt for the first session.
  • Registration is now open for the 2019 PorkBridge distance education program, and good news: the cost has decreased to $100. The six-part series begins its run in early Feb. with a registration deadline of Jan. 15 to ensure receipt of program materials by the first session. ISU professor and swine specialist Ken Stalder said industry issues and participant input drive the program content and speaker selection.


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