NEWS NOW from IPIC

 

Iowa Pork Industry Center

May 19, 2020

THOUGHTS FROM 109 KILDEE

Congratulations to award winners
Even though in-person ceremonies aren't being held, we still can recognize and congratulate recent college and department recipients.
ISU CALS: Nick Ser„o, assistant animal science professor -- Early Achievement in Research Award.
Iowa Chapter of Gamma Sigma Delta, Honor Society of Agriculture: Mark Rasmussen, professor of animal science and director of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture -- Distinguished Achievement in Agriculture award.
Iowa Chapter of Gamma Sigma Delta, Honor Society of Agriculture: Nick Ser„o inducted as member.
ISU: Matt Wenger, meat science extension program coordinator -- R.K. Bliss Extension Award.
ISU: Rodger Main, professor of veterinary diagnostic and production animal medicine and director, Veterinary Diagnostics Laboratory -- Award for Distinguished Service in Extension and Outreach.

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NEWS
The Improving Pig Survivability Project, with team members from Iowa State, Kansas State University and Purdue University, continues to involve pork producers, allied industry representatives and university faculty and staff in a variety of research studies and programs. An upcoming component of the project is the International Conference on Pig Survivability set for Oct. 28-29 in Omaha, Nebraska. Registration for this conference is now open
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Manure applicator training for new applicators available online
Although manure applicator training and testing are currently unavailable in Extension and DNR offices, new applicators can still receive online training. This page on the Iowa DNR website offers information on the MAC program and directions on how to proceed. Find out more on DNRís applicator certification web page. Or, log in now to the MAC e-Learning site and follow the prompts to get started. Questions? Choose the "Contact US" button on any page.

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PRODUCTION TIP
Sprinklers aid in cooling
One method of cooling pigs indoors in the summer is to run a sprinkler. Because pigs donít sweat, effective sprinkling relies on evaporation to cool the pig. Set sprinklers to cycle on and off with temperature and duration. Be sure to fine-tune the duration to avoid soaking the pig and creating excess water in the pit. With recent variations in outdoor temperature, remember to check building settings regularly. Also, monitor the dew point and reduce sprinkler use when the dew point is low to avoid excess humidity.

As serious economic, personal and other stresses continue to impact and affect those in our agricultural community, know there is help. The Iowa Concern Hotline is always available by phone at 800-447-1985, by email at  iowaconcern@iastate.edu and online at https://www.extension.iastate.edu/iowaconcern/

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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.

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June 2. Virtual certification session for PQA Plus Advisor certification. Iowa State Extension swine veterinarian Chris Rademacher will teach the session which is open to those seeking recertification and those wanting to become certified for the first time. Applications are due May 19.

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Oct. 28-29. International Conference on Pig Survivability
. Omaha, NE.
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DID YOU KNOW?
Online applications for MMPs even easier

Two years ago last month, eMMP, the online application producers can use to submit their annual manure management plan updates became available. When producers use the electronic version,they save time and money, and don't need to visit a courthouse (which isn't even possible in many cases right now.) The Iowa DNR says many producers have switched to the online version, with nearly 80 percent of MMP annual updates submitted using the eMMP application. Learn more about the application on the DNRís eMMP page, including a webinar on how to use the application and a link to the eMMP application
. Need help? DNR field office staff are available.

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FOR THE RECORD
Our COVID-19 page offers info, resources
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, finding reputable, science-based sources of information is critical. Our page at https://www.ipic.iastate.edu/covid19.html
offers links to research studies, webinar recordings, interviews and news articles, university and related resources, and personal and human health resources. As research and other resources are updated, we post them and let you know the date. If you're looking for something specific, let us know.

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NEWS NOW   Vol. 20, no. 1
May 2020

Iowa Pork Industry Center
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Ames, IA  50011-1178
Phone 515-294-4103  Toll-free 800-808-7675 (Iowa only)
Email ipic@iastate.edu
https://www.ipic.iastate.edu/