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Source: Iowa Pork Industry Center
February 9, 2018

 

THOUGHTS FROM 109 KILDEE

IPPA honors animal science professor
One of Iowa State’s own has been honored by Iowa Pork Producers Association. John Patience, animal science professor, was named an honorary Master Pork Producer during ceremonies at the annual Iowa Pork Congress banquet Jan. 24. This award is given to one or two deserving people each year for their outstanding and distinguished service to the betterment and success of the industry. Recipients are selected by the IPPA Board of Directors and the program is funded by the Pork Checkoff. John has been at Iowa State since 2008, and along with developing a strong graduate student research program in swine nutrition, he’s been instrumental in reviving Iowa Swine Day at ISU. Our congratulations to John and thanks to IPPA for recognizing his accomplishments!

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NEWS

Cold spells and fires
With the ever-changing weather conditions in Iowa this winter, it can be easy to ignore ordinary cautions on proper ventilation, maintained furnaces and emergency exits in your buildings. A short article on Radio Iowa has important reminders from Iowa State ag and biosystems engineering professor Jay Harmon. For example, if a barn’s been empty for a while, it’s tempting to turn off the ventilation to save energy and money. However, it’s vital to check the equipment and the structure itself prior to bringing in a new group of pigs. Safety first — have fire extinguishers and ensure all know where they are and how to use them, and know where all possible exits are in each building. Read more and be prepared.


Ventilation Workshop series set for March
Pork producers can learn more about building ventilation from the inside out through a series of workshops in March. Iowa Pork Industry Center joins Iowa Pork Producers Association and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in offering “Managing Your Unseen Employee: The Ventilation System” at no charge in six different Iowa locations next month.


Iowa Pork Regional Conferences set for Feb. 19-22
Keeping abreast of changes in regulations that affect their business is vital for Iowa pork producers. This year’s Iowa Pork Regional Conference series helps meet that need with presentations on vaccine and antibiotic changes, factors affecting swine markets and updates on state and national environmental issues. This year’s dates of Feb. 19-22 follow the same schedule at all four locations with sessions held from 1 to 4:30 p.m. There is no cost for those who preregister and all pork operation employers, managers and staff are encouraged to attend. Walk-in registration is $5 per person, payable at the door. The conference brochure has details and a registration form. To preregister, people should call IPPA at 800-372-7675.

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PRODUCTION TIP

Biosecurity control points on your farm
Do you ever stop to think about the number of entities that interact with your farm on a daily, weekly or monthly basis? Employees; feed, health and equipment suppliers; veterinarians; maintenance/construction workers; manure haulers, these are just a fraction of those who might step on your property. Second, do you ever think in detail about where these folks have been in the hours or days prior to visiting your farm? In the time of health concerns — for people and animals — it is imperative that biosecurity be your utmost concern. Consider evaluating your farm’s biosecurity control points and enhancing your efforts.

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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.


Continuing, FSQA and YQCA sessions for Iowa 4-H members with livestock projects. Dates as provided to IPIC.


Feb. 13.  PQA Advisor certification session. Hansen Ag Student Learning Center, Ames. Approved application and payment of $75 fee required to attend. No walk-ins accepted. Attendance at the daylong session and passing the end-of-session exam is required for certification. The application form is available in word and as a fillable pdf file from the IPIC website. Application deadline is Feb. 2 or when the 30-person maximum is reached.


Feb. 19-22. Iowa Pork Regional Conferences. Co-sponsored by IPIC and IPPA. Four locations: Nashua, Feb. 19; Carroll, Feb. 20; Le Mars, Feb. 21; Washington, Feb. 22, all running from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Free to those preregistered or $5 at the door. Topics: environmental regulations, swine market outlook, vaccine management, more tools for the producer toolbox. Plus, free PQA Plus sessions held prior to each day’s conference at the same location, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Contact Drew Mogler at IPPA to preregister or for more info, 800-372-7675. Details here.


March. Ventilation workshops. Sponsored by IPPA and local sponsors, provided and presented by IPIC and ISU Extension swine specialists. Six locations throughout Iowa, various dates. Attendance is free, but preregistration is required due to limited space. Learn about workshop content, session locations and dates, and preregistration contacts.

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DID YOU KNOW?

ISU names new director for Center for Agricultural Law and Taxation
Kristine Tidgren has been named the director of the Iowa State University Center for Agricultural Law and Taxation. Tidgren joined the extension-focused center in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences as a staff attorney in 2013, and has been serving as its assistant director for the past two years. One of the center’s programs is the annual farm income tax school, which Iowa State has conducted for nearly 45 years.Tidgren’s work focuses on studying and interpreting laws that impact the agricultural industry, specifically agricultural taxation. More info in this ISU CALS article.

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FOR THE RECORD

Coming soon: electronic filing of Iowa DNR manure management plan short form
Iowa DNR has begun the process of electronic filing of the “Short Form” and the associated payments for its manure management plans. Short Form refers only to the updates to the Manure Management Plan. A rule amendment allowing Manure Management Plan updates and payments to be submitted electronically became effective on Nov. 15, 2017. Iowa DNR will begin accepting electronic submittals this spring. A webinar to discuss more details about this process is scheduled for Feb. 28. Interested stakeholders are requested to preregister for this webinar on the DNR website.

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NEWS NOW, Vol. 17, no. 10

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