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October is Pork Month
During October, Pork Month, we’re using our social media accounts to share timely information and positive news about Iowa’s pork industry. People, programs, products and recognition are just a few of the topics we’re covering.  Find, follow and like us @iowaporkcenter (Facebook) and @IowaPorkCenter (Twitter).

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NEWS
Iowa pork industry’s financial impact
We know the positive financial impact of the state’s pork industry is sizable. From animal sales to pig imports and pork exports, and from production inputs to jobs, the numbers confirm the strength of the industry. There’s a new analysis/report available available from Iowa Pork Producers Association, and while It’s easy to get lost in all the numbers, consider one example: the 2,400-head wean-to-finish farm. In the report table of contents, this example starts on page 61. A new 2,400-head farm is estimated to add $637,000 in labor income and $2.5 million in total sales, in just the first year.


Iowan named to National Pork Board
Al Wulfekuhle of Quasqueton is one of five pork producers newly appointed to the National Pork Board. All five will serve three-year terms ending June 2023, and join 10 current members. See more in this USDA release https://www.ams.usda.gov/content/usda-announces-national-pork-board-appointments-0


ISU post-doc named Rising Star by National Hog Farmer
When Giovani Trevisan decided to attend Iowa State for his PH.D. program, he probably didn’t expect to be name a rising star in the swine industry. Thanks to his interest and abilities, and willingness to think through what could really benefit producers and their veterinary teams, that’s just what happened. By working with his advisor Daniel Linhares and other like-minded students and post-doctoral students, he played a key role in developing the Swine Disease Reporting System. The rest is history, although in Giovani’s case, that history still is being written. Read more in this NHF article.

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PRODUCTION TIP
Maintain air inlets for better ventilation
Remember to check building air inlets as part of your fall maintenance schedule. Summer winds and the small debris they carry tend to clog screens and make it difficult for proper ventilation in the cool fall evenings and mornings. And remember, respiratory problems tend to strike barns because of over and under ventilation of the barns. Keeping the inlets clean and clear aids in better ventilation in a more efficient manner.

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IT’S A DATE
Nov. 5. 2020 ISU James D. McKean Swine Disease ConferenceRegistration is now open for this one-day hybrid (virtual/in-person) event. More info below.


Dec. 4. Virtual session for PQA Plus Advisor certification. Iowa State Extension swine veterinarian Chris Rademacher will teach the session, open to those seeking recertification and those wanting to become certified for the first time. Applications are due two weeks prior to the session date.

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DID YOU KNOW?
2020 James D. McKean Swine Disease Conference takes on new look
This year’s event has been shortened to one day in length, Thursday, Nov. 5, and both virtual and in-person registrations are being accepted. Early registration of $125 ends Oct. 16, increasing to $175 after that date. Virtual registration is $75. Content and speakers continue to focus on issues important to swine veterinarians and producers, including African Swine Fever, PRRS, antimicrobial resistance and emerging pathogens. See more on the agenda, presenters and topics on the conference website.

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FOR THE RECORD
Help for dealing with stress
Whether financial, emotional, mental or social, stress and grief are real parts of today’s world, even as Derecho recovery and COVID-19 implications and effects continue. The Iowa Concern Hotline is always available at 800-447-1985, iowaconcern@iastate.edu and at https://www.extension.iastate.edu/iowaconcern/
Also, here are three resources from Dr. David Brown, behavioral health state specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach:
Behavioral Health Resources List
Key Iowa MH/DD Mental Health Providers By Region
Resilience in the COVID-19 Era – webinar key points

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NEWS NOW   Vol. 20, no. 6
October 2020

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