News Now from the Iowa Pork Industry Center

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THOUGHTS FROM 109 KILDEE
Welcome to new IPIC staff member
Iowa Falls native Annika Koppes says she’s in the right place with her new position as extension education specialist with IPIC. She’s excited to work with pigs and the people who work with pigs, and to learn more about the center and the Iowa pork industry. Read more about Annika in this IPIC news release.

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NEWS
Four Iowa swine building maintenance workshops will help swine facility managers and maintenance crews learn more about the buildings from pit to roof, including cleaning, construction and minimizing pit gases from entering attic spaces. All will cover the same material and use the same schedule of 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registration of $20 per person payable two days ahead of the workshop date includes materials, refreshments and lunch. Walk-in registration of $25 is accepted on a space-available basis only. See links to the conference brochure, registration and payment info. Workshop dates, locations and registration info are:

  • Aug. 17: Plymouth County Extension Office, 251 12th Street S.E., Le Mars. Call 712-546-7835 to register for this location.
  • Aug. 18: Hamilton County Fairgrounds, Ed Prince Building, 1200 Bluff Street, Webster City. Call Hamilton County Extension Office at 515-832-9597 to register for this location.
  • Aug. 19: ISU Northeast Research Farm, 3327 290th Street, Nashua. Call Floyd County Extension Office at 641-228-1435 to register for this location.
  • Aug. 20: Washington County Extension Office, 2223 250th Street, Washington. Call 319-653-4811 to register for this location.


The USDA’s Foreign Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory announced that African Swine Fever has been confirmed in samples collected from pigs from the Dominican Republic through an existing cooperative surveillance program. Currently pork and pork products from the Dominican Republic are prohibited entry to the U.S. due to existing classical swine fever restrictions. Read the official USDA statement and plans to keep the disease from entering the U.S. See links to more resources on our African Swine Fever page.

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New Air Filtration Sizing Worksheet for Swine Facilities
If you’re interested in learning more about ventilation air filtration systems for your swine facilities, this new ISU extension publication can help. Written by Brett Ramirez of ISU Ag and Biosystems Engineering, Jay Harmon of ANR extension at Iowa State, and ABE grad assistant Benjamin Smith, this fact sheet AER 3541explains the advantages of air filtration systems and illustrates positive and negative pressure in buildings. It also provides formulas for determining what, where and how many fans and filters for a specific facility. The five-page pdf pub is a free download.

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PRODUCTION TIP
On “your” farm research
Successful farmers try new things every year, whether that be new genetics, new feed ingredients, new management practices, or new equipment. Nothing is more valuable than taking public or private products and research, and placing them in your farm’s real-world conditions. Tried something before with insignificant or ill-measured results? ISUEO swine program specialists in your area can gladly help you design and monitor a valid on-farm trial. Talk with your specialist today. https://www.extension.iastate.edu/ag/swine

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IT’S A DATE
Continuing. Foreign Animal Disease Webinars. Brought to you by IDALS and CFSPH at ISU. Next is Sept. 14. Register here. See recordings of past webinars and list of scheduled upcoming webinars on the IDALS FAD webinar website.

Aug. 11-12. International Conference on Swine Nutrition. Scheman Building, ISU campus. Ames. Organized in part to thank the pork industry for its strong support of the Applied Swine Nutrition program in the Department of Animal Science. Speakers will deliver information for immediate practical application as well as looking into the future of swine nutrition. Registration is $200 person and $50 for students. Conference website has info and links to registration.


Aug. 12-22Iowa State Fair. Des Moines.


Aug. 13. PQA Advisor Certification. Virtual session for approved applicants. Application deadline is two weeks prior to session date. Check our certification page for info and application links for this and two more sessions in 2021.


Aug. 17-20. Swine Building Maintenance Workshops. Four Iowa locations: Le Mars, Webster City, Nashua and Washington. Same time (9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.) and same agenda at each. Register for your preferred location for $20 no later than two days ahead of that date. ISU Extension and Outreach and industry partners making these workshops possible.


Sept. 18-21. Allen D. Leman Conference. This year’s event will be hybrid. Attend in person in downtown St. Paul, MN, or take part virtually. Presentation recordings to be available for all registrants. Conference website has program information and registration links. Early registration fee ends Aug. 16.


Oct. 27-28. International Conference on Pig Survivability. Omaha. Registration is open on the conference website.

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DID YOU KNOW?
Bringing the World of Swine Nutrition to Iowa
Industry and academic swine nutritionists will gather on the Iowa State University campus on Aug.11-12 for the International Conference on Swine Nutrition. This conference is organized in part to thank the pork industry for its strong support of the Applied Swine Nutrition program in the Department of Animal Science. Dr. John Patience, who recently retired after leading the program for 12 years, noted that from the time he arrived at Iowa State in 2008, he received nothing but tremendous support from the university and the industry. He said the conference is his opportunity to thank you by sharing new, leading-edge information on swine nutrition. The news release has more info and a link to 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.  Events such as the Derecho and the COVID-19 pandemic can increase the impacts and effects of stress and grief regardless of the depth of personal experience. The Iowa Concern Hotline is always available at 800-447-1985, iowaconcern@iastate.edu and at https://www.extension.iastate.edu/iowaconcern/

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NEWS NOW   Vol. 21, no. 4
August 2021

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