Opportunities Abound: A Toolbox for Beginning Farmers There are many opportunities for a young person to establish themselves in the pork industry. From niche and contract production to transitioning current enterprises to the next generation, Colin Johnson, Iowa State University swine extension specialist, and Dr. William Edwards, Iowa State University, explore the resources and tools available to make this a reality. [video].
The Consumer Connection: A Producer Perspective Cristen Clark (Iowa Pork Producer & Food Blogger), Jarrod Bakker (Iowa Pork Producer), and Gary Sovereign (Iowa Pork Producer) share their thoughts on how they are working to help find and sustain the consumer to farm connection - "We need to continue telling our story and finding shared values with the consuming public to build trust."
Cristen discusses how she shares her farm to table story, Jarrod talked about his experience being nominated for America’s Pig farmer of the Year, and Gary shares info on a project he spearheaded in his community that gives youth the opportunity to be involved in the industry and highlights their efforts to the public. [video].
Manure Nutrient Utilization & Water Quality In this moderated session, Dan Andersen with Iowa State University explains how to put a dollar value on manure, how to offset commercial fertilizer costs with manure, and timing application to maximize nutrient utilization. And Rick Juchems, a pork producer from Iowa, offers insight on how he has incorporated manure into his cover crop program. Sean McMahon, Executive Director of the Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance, is the moderator. [video].
Iowa Regulations & Nuisance Case Update Eldon McAfee discusses practical aspects of compliance with Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) regulations as well as other environmental compliance and protection. Eldon also discusses current Iowa environmental regulations, specifically the DNR livestock rule changes that went into effect on December 14, 2016, and provides an update of current nuisance cases across Iowa. [video].