NEWS NOW from IPIC

 

Source: Iowa Pork Industry Center (IPIC)

Vol. 20, no. 7 – November 17, 2020

 

THOUGHTS FROM 109 KILDEE
IPIC is hiring a post-doc
As studies from the Improving Pig Survivability grant are implemented, carried out and concluded, results and data from those studies offer opportunity for a variety of uses. This ongoing process forms the basis for a new post-doctoral position at IPIC that will both work with large data analysis and develop strong working relationships with those who may benefit from the findings of that analysis. If you or someone you know has a Ph.D. is a biological sciences or statistics field and at least two years of swine industry experience, and is considering an academic/extension work setting, please consider this position. Application deadline is Dec. 5, 2020, with proposed start date of Jan. 4, 2021. See more info on the ISU job page for this position.
Questions? Contact Daniel Linhares with ISU VDPAM and the CVM Field epidemiology group or Jason Ross, IPIC director.

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NEWS
Iowa meat and poultry processors to receive CARES Act funds
More than 200 local meat and poultry processors were awarded Meat Processing and Expansion grants through IDALS. This week’s announcement explains the grants are from $4 million in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act at the state level. Business Improvement grants to purchase or upgrade equipment to allow increased processing capacity went to 109 processors. Also, 85 producers will receive direct marketing grants for materials, services or equipment to help them transition to direct-to-consumer sales; and owners and/or employees of 10 state-inspected and licensed businesses will receive tuition grants for continuing education program enrollment. See info and links to grant recipient lists on the IDALS website https://iowaagriculture.gov/grants

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NPPC announces 2021 Lois Britt Scholarship application period
The National Pork Producers Council is now accepting applications for its 2021 Lois Britt Memorial Pork Industry Scholarship. This program was started in 1990 by CME Group and NPPC, and was renamed in 2006 to honor the passing of Lois Britt, NPPC board of director member for her work with agriculture and the pork industry. Ten scholarships are available annually to undergraduate students who intend to pursue a career in the pork industry. Eligible students must be U.S. citizens and currently enrolled in either a two-year swine program or a four-year college of agriculture. See the required application components and links for submission on this NPPC web page. Applications are due Jan. 4, 2021.

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Responding to and Managing Livestock or Poultry Truck Rollovers Series
This multi-session webinar series offers information and discussion on accident response and management for animal-involved truck rollover incidents. Iowa Pork Producers Association and the Iowa Farm Animal Care sponsor the series, designed for animal producers and owners, law enforcement officials, Iowa DOT personnel, county emergency managers, and law enforcement and other first responders. Jamee Eggers of IPPA and Jennifer Woods of J. Woods Livestock Consulting are presenters. Each session has a specific focus and all are available free of charge via the Zoom virtual platform through registration. See the session dates and topics (three have been held), register for live attendance and request recordings of past sessions.

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PRODUCTION TIP
Keep vaccines working for you
Vaccination is an effective means of preventing disease in the pig herd when used appropriately and judiciously. Keys to successful vaccination lie in vaccine profiling, timing and method of administration. The vaccines used must match the disease profiles that will challenge the herd. Vaccination must occur at a time prior to the potential disease exposure. To maintain vaccine efficacy, proper dosage of all pigs in a group is critical. Above all, design and implement vaccine programs and protocols with the assistance of your herd veterinarian.

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IT'S A DATE
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 due Nov. 20 - two weeks prior to session date.

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Dec. 17. Livestock and Poultry Truck Rollover Response webinar. 11 a.m. This is the fourth of the five-part series provided by IPPA and Iowa Farm Animal Care. This session theme is Rollover Scene Management. See more info in news section above. Register for live access, request a recording from IPPA for any session.

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DID YOU KNOW?
Three new swine building and ventilation publications from ISU
The team of Iowa State University extension field agricultural engineers Kapil Arora, Kris Kohl, Shawn Shouse, Brian Dougherty and Kristina TeBockhorst recently completed three new publications on swine building ventilation systems and tools, and proper maintenance of swine facilities. components and ventilation. Take a look and download the free pdf versions.


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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/

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. 7
November 2020

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