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Pork events focus on swine health

By Staff | Jun 29, 2014

LE MARS – A series of four free seminars that address current environmental issues and the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus, which has decimated the Iowa and U.S. swine herd, will be held in July throughout Northwest Iowa.

These include:

A). July 15: From 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Le Mars Convention Center, in Le Mars.

B). July 17: From 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Swan Lake Conservation Education Center, in Carroll.

C). July 14: From 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the community center in Moville, 815 Main St. next to the library.

D). July 14: From 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the 4-H Building at the Sac County Fairgrounds, in Sac City, along east Main Street, just east of the Raccoon River bridge.

The meetings are sponsored by the Iowa Pork Producers Association with the Iowa Pork Industry Center at Iowa State University.

The events are geared specifically for pork producers .

“IPPA is strongly committed to investing pork checkoff funds toward research and outreach that can advance our mission of educating for a sustainable, socially response, profitable and globally competitive industry,” said Tyler Bettin, IPPA producer education director.

The featured presenters are IPPA legal counsel Eldon McAfee and Rodney Baker, senior clinician and professor with the ISU College of Veterinary Medicine.

McAfee will discuss practical aspects of compliance with Iowa Department of Natural Resources’ regulations, as well as other environmental compliance and protection.

He will talk about state and federal regulatory efforts and provide current Iowa nuisance case information.

McAfee will cover details of the work plan between the Iowa DNR and federal Environmental Protection Agency, while offering tips for farmers in preparing for on-site inspections.

PEDv has been devastating for many pig farmers over the past year, and IPPA has committed nearly $350,000 toward PEDv research at ISU to better understand and control the disease.

Baker will highlight research progress to date and discuss how producers may be impacted by recently announced U.S. Department of Agriculture reporting requirements.

He will highlight biosecurity and control considerations to help producers prevent exposure and limit impacts on the herd.

The meetings are free for those who pre-register or $5 at the door.

For more information or to pre-register, call IPPA at (800) 372-7675.

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