NEWS NOW from IPIC

 

Source: Iowa Pork Industry Center (IPIC)

Sep 15, 2020

 

THOUGHTS FROM 109 KILDEE

Welcome
Welcome to three people you'll want to know: a staff member, a student and a faculty member.

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NEWS
How is zinc involved in improving boar fertility?
That's one of several related questions that ISU animal science faculty member Karl Kerns is working on in current research. At the same time, the research aims to expand emphasis on boar fertility, right down to the nanoparticle level. And while genetics and physiology are major contributors to reproductive success, he cautions producers not to ignore the obvious steps like keeping semen at the correct temperature, check for motility and clumping, and use correct biosecurity practices. This PORK magazine article has more information and details. (Kerns' teaching and research position at ISU just started this semester - see "welcome" above.)

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IPPA launches ChopTalk podcast
Based on the disconnect between people who eat and people who grow or raise that food, Iowa Pork Producers Association has created a new podcast called ChopTalk. Host Laurie Johns will talk with Iowa farmers and share their stories. ChopTalk will look at pig farming and the many ways it impacts food choices, the environment, and even the local and state economy. Listen to the first episode on the IPPA website, and find links to several podcast apps that also carry the program. Take a few minutes to listen and then subscribe.

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PRODUCTION TIP
Nutrient management is good economic practice
Nutrient management planning is a component of any agricultural enterprise. On swine farms, this process involves the collection, storage and land application of manure. Manure is a valuable crop nutrient, and regardless of a swine farmís size or production stage, itís important to annually plan for manureís contribution to the cropping enterprise. Itís especially important to include the manure resource along with the use of commercial nutrients. The Iowa Manure Management Action Group is a great resource. Check out the IMMAG website http://www.agronext.iastate.edu/immag/

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IT'S A DATE
Oct. 16, Dec. 4. Virtual certification sessions for PQA Plus Advisor certification. Iowa State Extension swine veterinarian Chris Rademacher will teach the sessions, open to those seeking recertification and those wanting to become certified for the first time. Applications are due two weeks prior to the date of your preferred session.

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Sept. 19-22. Allen D. Leman Conference. Online format only this year. Sponsored by UMN College of Veterinary Medicine and University of Minnesota Extension.

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DID YOU KNOW?
ISU team receives USDA-NIFA rapid response grant
A team led by Kari Jacobs of the ISU economics department has received a two-year $458,000 grant from USDA-NIFA as part of the agency's COVID-19 Rapid Response funding efforts. The team, that includes extension economists Lee Schulz and Chad Hart, is titled, "Agricultural Supply Chain disruptions, costs, and mitigation strategies to enhance resiliency of the U.S. food  supply."  The stated goal of the project is to enhance the resiliency of the beef, pork, dairy, and egg supply chains by providing evidence of the activities, mechanisms, and investments that will allow them to be more resilient in the face of future COVID-19 or similar disruptions. Read about this project
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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. 5
September 2020

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