News Now from the Iowa Pork Industry Center, December 16th 2019

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THOUGHTS FROM 109 KILDEE
Extension swine specialist position open
If you or someone you know has been thinking about getting into Iowa State extension work, now may be the time. Our longtime southeast Iowa swine specialist, Tom Miller, will retire this coming spring and we’re hoping to hire someone who’ll be able to gain a little wisdom from Tom before that date. The position was just posted on the ISU jobs site and is open through Dec. 23 You can see all the details, including preferred qualifications and application instructions, here https://isu.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/IowaStateJobs/job/Ames-IA/Field-Specialist-II-III—CALS-and-Iowa-Pork-Industry-Center_R1270

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NEWS
Returning to the Farm Seminar set for 2020. Passing a farm operation to the next generation is usually one of the biggest and most challenging decisions farm families will ever make. Many things are at stake – money, emotions, goals and lifestyles – and farm families need to think critically about where they’re at today, and where they want to be in the future. Recognizing the complexities of farm succession, Iowa State Extension and Outreach has planned a four-day “Returning to the Farm Seminar” for early 2020 on Jan. 10-11, and Feb. 14-15. Iowa State University students can earn two credit hours for participating. See all the details, including cost and registration, on the seminar website https://www.extension.iastate.edu/bfc/returning-farm-seminar


CSIF will host 15th annual Farming for the Future Conference
The Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers is planning “Succeeding in a Changing Environment” set for Jan. 16 at the Quality Inn and Suites in Ames. The lineup of presenters and panelists will speak to issues and opportunities for today’s farmer. Registration is free when done by Jan. 13; $20 after that date. Lunch is included. For more information about the conference and to register, see the website supportfarmers.com/future or call 800-932-2436.

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PRODUCTION TIP
Taking care of business means taking care of yourself
With winter comes shorter and darker days. We often start chores in the dark and finish in the dark. Did you know that decreased exposure to sunlight can lead to seasonal depression and mood variation? Be sure to take time to enjoy family and extracurricular activities during the coming holidays and winter season, and remember that enjoying time off the job can help with better productivity on the job. The Iowa Concern Hotline offers information, assistance and referrals for a variety of areas. You can call the toll-free number 800-447-1985 (always staffed), look through the lists of “Frequently Asked Questions,” chat online through the website https://www.extension.iastate.edu/iowaconcern/ or browse through the wealth of resources linked from the site.

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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.


Jan. 10-11, Feb. 14-15. Returning to the Farm seminar. Four-part series planned, hosted and presented by Beginning Farmer Center at Iowa State University. See more info on the center website.


Jan. 22-23, 2020
. Iowa Pork Congress. Iowa Events Center, Des Moines. See us in the trade show area.


Jan. 24, 2020. PQA Plus advisor certification session.  See our certification page for session information and application form. Applications due by Jan. 10 or when the 30-person limit is reached.No walk-ins allowed.

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DID YOU KNOW?
Iowa Pork Congress — largest winter swine trade show and conference in North America

Iowa Pork Congress, set for Jan. 22-23, 2020 in Des Moines features nationally known speakers, a youth swine judging contest, business and educational seminars and a trade show with more than 300 exhibitors. Recognized as the largest winter swine trade show and conference in North America, the event also includes Taste of Elegance, Master Pork Producer banquet and annual meeting. Don’t miss the opportunity to be part of this amazing annual event! See all the details and registration information on the website http://www.iowaporkcongress.org/

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FOR THE RECORD
Manure applicator certification sessions set
The Manure Applicator Certification Program is a mandatory program based on state law that requires all commercial manure applicators and confinement site manure applicators with more than 500 animal units in confinement to attend annual training to handle, transport or land-apply manure. Iowa State Extension works in cooperation with Iowa Department of Natural Resources to provide training for commercial applicators and confinement site applicators. Confinement site workshops have been set for January and February; commercial applicator training is scheduled for Jan. 8, at 73 locations in Iowa. Read more about both, including registration deadlines and any fees, on the IMMAG website http://www.agronext.iastate.edu/immag/mac.html Check your records now to ensure continued certification.

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NEWS NOW   Vol. 19, no. 8
December 2019

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