News Now from the Iowa Pork Industry Center

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THOUGHTS FROM 109 KILDEE
IPIC welcomes new Science With Practice student
At the start of this spring semester at ISU, IPIC welcomed its newest Science with Practice student! Caitlyn Wileman is a senior majoring in animal science with a minor in biology, and works as a communications assistant for Sherry Hoyer. Caitlyn is passionate about the swine industry and enjoys working with producers and consumers. The main part of her role with IPIC this semester is to help prepare for and coordinate the 2020 PorkBridge and SowBridge education series.

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NEWS
2019 U.S. pork exports set annual records
It may be little surprise that China was the main reason for increased U.S. pork exports last year, but a new report shows the total exports for the year set new records for both value and volume. The U.S. Meat Export Federation compiled the numbers, which show 5.89 billion pounds of pork and pork variety meats were exported around the world. And that volume was valued at $6.952 billion. Read more from USMEF and from the National Pork Board.


Ag Decision Maker and Iowa Farm Outlook newsletters merge
Two regular ag-related and decision-oriented newsletters from Iowa State University farm management and economics staff and faculty have been merged to provide one place for ongoing, current and timely information. The Ag Decision Maker and Iowa Farm Outlook are now combined into ADM, which will continue as a regular newsletter with the same high quality and well-rounded content both have been known for. The website itself has all the decision tools, activities, articles, spreadsheets and outlook files you want. New info is always available on the homepage https://www.extension.iastate.edu/agdm/ If you’re not familiar with it, take a look at the “About AgDM” tab in the upper right portion of the page.

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PRODUCTION TIP
Monitor buildings during winter weather
It’s cold outside and that cold air is trying to come in. In the past, frozen waterlines were a common and guaranteed component of the work day. However, even today with climate controlled barns, it is possible for cold drafts to enter the barn (i.e., above or through the curtain) and freeze a water line. Monitor points of air inlet and condensation to ensure that waterlines avoid freezing or bursting. A larger – and different – winter issue is possible during times when the barn is empty for cleaning and restocking. While the stored manure and heater may keep the barn appearing warm, be sure to monitor it. And remember our swine ventilation workshops – scroll down this page on our website to see more info, including a brochure with contact information for scheduling.

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IT’S A DATE
Continuing. PQA Plus and TQA producer certification sessions presented by ISU extension swine specialists. See the IPIC website calendar for these and other events.


Feb. 17-21. Iowa Regional Pork Conferences. 1-4:30 p.m. at all five locations around Iowa. PQA Plus certification offered 9 a.m. to noon at each location prior to the conference. No cost to those preregistered. You can sign up by calling Iowa Pork Producers Association at 800-372-7675 or emailing jeggers@iowapork.org.

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DID YOU KNOW?
New videos for new, beginning and alternative production producers

The Pork Information Gateway has three new videos on biosecurity and sourcing feeds, developed especially for new or beginning farmers, and those involved in alternative production methods. The two biosecurity videos were authored by Iowa State University extension swine specialist Dave Stender and extension program specialist Kristin Olsen, and Jonathan Holt of North Carolina State University authored the feed sourcing video. All are available on the resources page of the PIG website http://porkgateway.org/

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FOR THE RECORD
Thirty Iowans appointed to 2020 National Pork Producers Delegate Body
Iowans make up nearly one-third of the 154 producers and five importers recently named by USDA to the 2020 National Pork Producers Delegate Body. Delegates serve one-year terms and meet annually for action on these specific items: to recommend the rate of assessment, determine the percentage of assessments that state associations will receive, and nominate producers and importers to the board. Representation is based on annual sales of hogs with a minimum of two producers from each state, although states have the option of not submitting nominees. The announcement came Jan. 29. See the official release with members and the states they represent. https://www.ams.usda.gov/content/usda-announces-appointments-national-pork-producers-delegate-body

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NEWS NOW   Vol. 19, no. 10
February 2020

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