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Iowa Pork Producers to host February regional conferences

Topics include African swine fever, trade, tariffs and extending building longevity.

January 28, 2019

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Iowa Pork Producers to host February regional conferences
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Iowa pork producers are invited to attend one of five Iowa Pork Regional Conferences this February. The events will be held across the state Feb. 18 through Feb. 22 and will cover topics ranging from foreign animal diseases and African swine fever to trade and tariffs.

In addition to the regional conference program that runs from 1- 4:30 p.m. each day, a separate morning session from 9 a.m. to noon will provide Pork Quality Assurance Plus training free to those who pre-register. The PQA Plus training is sponsored by the Iowa Pork Producers Association and provided by Iowa State University Extension.

“The afternoon conferences include five speakers providing timely and relevant information,” says Jamee Eggers, IPPA producer education director. “The farmer members of our producer education committee partnered with the Iowa Pork Information Center to select topics and identify exciting speakers.”

The locations of the conferences are:

  • Monday, Feb. 18 - Northwest Iowa Community College, Building A, Room 116/119, 603 W Park St., Sheldon

  • Tuesday, Feb. 19 - Audubon Recreation Center, 703 Southside Ave., Audubon

  • Wednesday, Feb. 20 - Jeff & Deb Hansen Agriculture Learning Center, 2508 Mortensen Rd., Ames

  • Thursday, Feb. 21 - Washington County Extension Office, 2223 250th St., Washington

  • Friday, Feb. 22 - Borlaug Leaning Center, 3327 290th St., Nashua

 Topics and speakers for the afternoon conferences are:

  • Being Prepared for Foreign Animal Disease; Andrew Hennenfent, the state's Emergency Management coordinator, will outline how farmers will be impacted if there is a foreign animal disease outbreak. Find out the differences between stop movements, permitting movements and what other orders would mean to your farm.

  • What China Knows that You May Not about African Swine Fever; Chris Rademacher of the Iowa Pork Industry Center will provide an overview of ASF, a review of clinical signs of the disease, and a discussion of the feed biosecurity issue.

  • Trade and Tariffs Update; ISU Extension livestock economist Lee Schulz will talk about how current foreign tariffs are impacting the swine market.

  • Using Maintenance to Extend Building Longevity; Brian Blumhagen of New Modern Concepts will talk about proven approaches to slow-down natural degradation. And, if you have experiences that worked for you, you'll be asked to share.

  • A Review of Decision-Making Tools; Iowa State University Extension swine specialists will provide resources to help producers solve production problems and other issues on the farm.

The regional conferences are free for those who pre-register two business days before the meeting at their regional location; otherwise the cost is $5 at the door. Check-in starts 30 minutes before the start of the conference. To pre-register for the conference and/or certification training, contact IPPA's Carla Vanderheiden at (800) 372-7675 or [email protected].

Source: Iowa Pork Producers Association, which is solely responsible for the information provided, and wholly owns the information. Informa Business Media and all its subsidiaries are not responsible for any of the content contained in this information asset.

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