News Now from the Iowa Pork Industry Center, March 13th 2019

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THOUGHTS FROM 109 KILDEE
Scholarship application time
Current ISU graduate students at either the MS or PhD level at ISU who are conducting thesis or dissertation research that will positively impact Iowa’s pork industry are encouraged to apply for the Nelda Christian Graduate Pork Fellowship. Thanks to the continuing generosity of the Iowa Pork Foundation, applications for this $2500 award are due end of this month. Learn more here.

Also, applications for the 2019 Pork Industry Scholarships, offered through the National Pork Board, are due March 15. The top applicant will receive $5,000, the second-ranked applicant will receive $3,500 and all others will receive $2,000. Guidelines and online application are on the NPB website.

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NEWS
Three ISU students receive NPPC scholarships
Ten $2,500 scholarships have been awarded to college students around the country. Applicants must have been undergrads in either a two-year swine program or a four-year college of agriculture, and complete the application process to be considered. Iowa State is the only institution with more than one recipient. Congratulations to Holly Cook,Sarah Heiller and William Mengler! You can read the award announcement on the NPPC website.


African Swine Fever effects felt worldwide
African Swine Fever, unfortunately, remains in the news. Described by USDA in August as an emerging risk to animal health, ASF is responsible for higher hog prices in China as continued culling decreases the supply in that country. This Rueters article offers a current look at supply and demand, and hope by Chinese producers for a better future. Remember to bookmark our ASF web page and check often to keep up with latest news and reports.

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PRODUCTION TIP
Manure and nutrient Information at your fingertips
As spring rains come, producers are checking their operations — including their manure and nutrient storage facilities — to be ready for the coming warm weather. And the Iowa Manure Management Action Group’s website is a great resource for all kinds of nutrient-related information. This specific page http://www.agronext.iastate.edu/immag/ppr.html  provides a comprehensive collection of sources and resources for determining the size and classification of an operation, defining your operation’s specific requirements and needs, and contacting those in governmental and related agencies who can best assist with general and specific questions. Look for the “Subscriptions” line in the left column to sign up for a free monthly email newsletter.

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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.


Various dates. PQA Plus advisor certification sessions.  See our certification page for dates, locations and maximum attendance, and note application deadlines.

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DID YOU KNOW?
IPIC Pelvic Organ Prolapse Project is Complete

While this POP project has officially ended, findings from its data collection and analysis from just over a year already is informing more research in the area of prolapses. It was funded by National Pork Board and worked with producers of various sizes, ownership, facility type and genetics in roughly across 16 U.S. states. See weekly reports that started February 2018 and a cumulative project update on our website.  One important “next step” in this area is a five-year study for more in-depth work on the POP results and questions that arose during that study. This pig survivability project is led by IPIC and includes scientists from  Purdue University and Kansas State University.

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FOR THE RECORD
Pork Quality Assurance Plus (PQA) Advisor Certification Sessions Set
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.

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NEWS NOW, Vol. 18, no. 11
March 2019
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