Helping Connect Pork With Consumers

Pork on the Menu!Pork on the Menu! A panel with chefs and food experts talks about how pork is thought of on menus and what chefs are doing to engage consumers around food with pork [video].

Nuisance Case And The Bottom Line?

Iowa Regulations & Nuisance Case UpdateIowa Regulations & Nuisance Case Update Eldon McAfee, Brick Gentry Law Firm, bring producers at the Iowa Pork Congress up to date on recent rulings with respect to nuisance cases. Eldon covered the specifics of new rulings and details what producers should be thinking about when they want to expand. Eldon also reviews cases in other states and how they may impact future litigation [video].

What Is The Pork Economic Outlook?

Prices and Profitability: Economic OutlookPrices and Profitability: Economic Outlook Dr. Steve Meyer, Kerns and Associates, provides a refresh on the current economics for the pork business. Dr. Meyer reminds the audience of the risks of foreign animal disease, trade policy and politics uncertainly, and prices if all the processing plants get full in 2019 [video].

Doing Manure Management Plans Online

Electronic Filing of Manure Management PlansElectronic Filing of Manure Management Plans Mr. Jeff Prier, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, share details on the electronic filing of manure management plans (eMMPs) in Iowa. Mr. Prier walks through the current system's functionality and outlines what additions will occur in the future [video].

Looking into USDA Dietary Guidelines

USDA Dietary Guidelines: Why aren't they telling us to eat like pigs?USDA Dietary Guidelines: Why aren't they telling us to eat like pigs? Dr. Eric Berg, North Dakota State University, talks about the USDA human dietary guidelines, and how they are created. Dr. Berg provides background on the state of American diets today and the current impacts to health. Dr. Berg also shares the results of a study that used swine as a model for humans, feeding them what humans would eat, replacing the sugar in a modern, average American diet with cooked ground beef: Would this change alter body composition and risk factors for obesity-related metabolic disorders [video]?

Be Safe When Working The Pits

Pit pumping ventilation safetyPit pumping ventilation safety Dr. Brett Ramirez, College of Engineering, Iowa State University, walks through the issues of poor ventilation during manure pit pumping. There are dangerous gases generated from manure pits, which can cause serious health issues if not planned for during manure pit maintenance. Dr. Ramirez outlines safety procedures to be implemented when handling manure pits. Key message: the procedures will changed depending on the weather [video].

Can Republicans Govern in the Age of Trump?

Washington in the Age of Trump: Can Republicans Govern?Washington in the Age of Trump: Can Republicans Govern? Jim Wiesemeyer of ProFarmer, shares his take on the politics behind the actions taken in Washington. Mr. Wiesemeyer runs through the various political players and their personalities, who is or is not advising the President, and addresses questions on the global economy [video].

What You Need To Know About Manure Nutrient Utilization & Water Quality

Manure Nutrient Utilization & Water QualityManure 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].

ISU Vet Diagnostic Labs Shares Swine Health Trends

Swine Health Trends from ISU Vet Diagnostic LabSwine Health Trends from ISU Vet Diagnostic Lab Health is always at the forefront of producers’ thoughts as they strive to provide daily care for their animals. This presentation provides a look at emerging health trends that are prevalent in our industry through the eyes of the Veterinary Diagnostic Lab at Iowa State University. Also highlighted are the recent developments of Senecavirus A cases in Iowa, and offer some practical ways producers can prevent it from showing up on their farms. [video].

Get Your Toolbox for Beginning Farmers

Opportunities Abound: A Toolbox for Beginning Farmers 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].

Pork Consumer Connections And Producer Perspectives

The Consumer Connection: A Producer PerspectiveThe 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].

Regulations & Nuisance Case Updates

Iowa Regulations & Nuisance Case UpdateIowa 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].

What Have You Done To Align With Veterinary Feed Directives?

Veterinary Feed Directives Are Here: What Have You Done?Veterinary Feed Directives Are Here: What Have You Done? In an effort to bring antimicrobials used in food-producing animals under increased veterinarian supervision, the FDA has issued guidance #209, #213, and a final rule on the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD). Dr. Chris Rademacher from Iowa State University provides an overview of the on-farm changes that will have been in effect since January 1. Jeff Verzal, a livestock compliance investigator for IDALS, also provides an auditor's perspective on how the rules will be interpreted on your farm. And Dr. Paul Thomas discusses the systems approach AMVC has taken to comply with these changes. [video].

What Is The Economic Outlook For Pork?

Prices and Profitability: Economic OutlookPrices and Profitability: Economic Outlook Dr. Steve Meyer shares and evaluation of the many factors that may impact producer profitability in the coming year, including grain and livestock prices, exports, domestic demand, additional slaughter capacity, health challenges and more. [video].

Are There Antibiotic Alternatives for Nursery Pigs?

Evaluation of Antibiotic Alternatives for Nursery PigsEvaluation of Antibiotic Alternatives for Nursery Pigs In the coming years, there will almost certainly be an increase in the use of feed-grade antibiotic alternatives in swine production due to restrictions on feed-grade antibiotics for pig performance. Thus, there is a need to understand effective ways to evaluate dietary antibiotic alternatives in swine production. This presentation provides an overview and evaluation of published data to known antibiotic alternatives that may influence nursery pig growth performance. The antibiotic alternatives evaluated and discussed will include prebiotics, probiotics, resistant starch/fiber, botanicals, organic acids, lysozymes, oligosaccharides, yeast, and zinc and copper. [video].

The Five Trends That Will Make Ag Even Better

Best Time Ever To Be In Agriculture, The Five Trends That Will Make It Even Better!Best Time Ever To Be In Agriculture, The Five Trends That Will Make It Even Better! Dr. Lowell Catlett retired as a Regents Professor in Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business and Extension Economics and the Dean and Chief Administrative Officer of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at New Mexico State University in July 2015. Dr. Catlett shares a futurist's view of technologies and their implications on the way we will live and work. [video].

Stay Safe, Understand Pit Foam Issues

Pit Foam and Producer SafetyPit Foam and Producer Safety Leon Sheets, Iowa Pork Producers, shares what needs to be done to make sure safety is first for pit foam activity. Mr. Sheets emphasis training staff, understanding the process of how pit foam accidents happen, and what needs to be done to improve safety [video].

Confessions Of A Greenpeace Dropout

Agriculture, Human Health, and Environment: Confessions Of A Greenpeace DropoutAgriculture, Human Health, and Environment: Confessions Of A Greenpeace Dropout Dr. Patrick Moore, Ecosense, is a former leader of Greenpeace who shares his thoughts on how environmental and climate science today, as it is shared, is clouded by believes that are not sustainable by actual science. Dr. Moore dives into the specifics of current policy and views of governments and organizations related to food, agriculture, and the environment. [video].

Updates on Iowa Environmental Regulations and Farm Impacts

Iowa Environmental Regulations & Nuisance Case UpdateIowa Environmental Regulations & Nuisance Case Update Eldon McAfee, Brick Gentry Law Firm, covers what is happening with ag nuisance cases, manure handling, and livestock truck wash regulation. As always, Mr. McAfee details the issues and offers an analysis on what farm operators can expect on future regulation activities [video].

Economics and The Future For Livestock and Poultry

Livestock & Poultry Economic OutlookLivestock & Poultry Economic Outlook Dr. Steve Meyer, EMI Express Markets, provides key factors in livestock economics for the year. Dr. Meyer provides a depth of analysis that will help management teams to think about how to position themselves well. Low costs, good crops, and animal diseases (PEDv) has been moderated. Some risk factors: Highly Pathogenic Asian Influenza (HPAI), slower demand, macro economics positive but not robust. [video].

Being Diligent On Senecavirus A

Update on Senecavirus AUpdate on Senecavirus A Dr. Chris Rademacher, Iowa State University, provides an update on Senecavirus A, what it is, what it is not, and emphasizes that Senecavirus A is very similar to Foot and Mouth Disease. Two big take aways: 1) don't be complacent on observing and reporting, 2) train your teams about biosecurity behaviors to avoid. [video].

Common Swine Industry Audit

Common Swine Industry AuditAudits Are Part Of Quality Sherrie Webb, National Pork Board, outlines the Common Swine Industry Audit and the task force behind the initiative. Ms. Webb also outlines the how the audits plays into Pork Quality Assurance Plus (PQA Plus) and what farm operations should be doing. Two take aways of note: 1) Quality assurance processes are a must, and 2) Pork management and staff must engage with customers and consumers to gain understanding of perspectives and meet current marketplace expectations.

Animal Diseases: State Veterinarian Perspective

State Veterinarian Perspective/Regulations on Swine Enteric Coronavirus Disease (SECD)Understanding Swine Enteric Coronavirus Disease Dr. David Schmitt, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, shares a state veterinarian perspective on Swine Enteric Coronavirus Disease (SECD). Dr. Schmitt also provides an update on SECD in Iowa and what steps are being done to monitor and reduce risks of getting SECD on farms. Dr. Schmitt offers additional steps farms need to take for transportation washing and sample testing.

Emerging Disease Response Planning

Emerging Disease Response PlanningBeing Vigilant Dr. Patrick Webb, National Pork Board, shares how planning and preparedness is being modified to be ready for the next foreign and emerging animal diseases. The emergence of PEDv required many plans and tools to be built from the ground up, which took more time than anticipated. Based on those PEDv experiences, Dr. Webb outlines the new frameworks and planning tools being put in place by industry, organizations, and government.

Commit To Engaging Over Time

Cracking the Code on Food Issues: Consumer Insights on Animal AgricultureConsumer Beliefs on Food and Ag Allyson Perry shares how the Center for Food Integrity (CFI) works and what they aim to achieve: To build consumer trust and confidence in today’s food system. Ms. Perry provides detailed analysis of various aspects of how consumers they feel about food and agriculture. Three key demographic groups CFI focuses on are moms, millennials, and foodies. Key take aways for people in agriculture from the CFI survey series: Believability is a key driver in creating information that is trusted; Develop a values based engagement strategy that starts with listening and embracing skepticism; and Commit to engaging over time.

Risks In Pork Production

Profit Tracker 2015: Economic OutlookLooking At Economics Dr. Steve Meyer, Paragon Economics, details the factors that will drive the year in pork. Fundamental shifts in the grain and oil seed supply / demand. We have gone through the growth years in biofuels and the prices are now down to more reasonable levels. Dr. Meyer suggests risks to monitor: trade issues, PEDv impact on pre-weaning mortality falls to near zero, and demand weakening.

Iowa Regulations

Iowa Regulations & Nuisance Case UpdateNuisance Case Updates Eldon McAfee provides his updates on the State of Iowa environmental regulations and nuisance cases. Mr. McAfee states that most nuisance litigation is dependent on where you live and who you live next to. Mr. McAfee details the specifics on the Iowa regulations and what farm operations must do and be aware of.

Understanding PEDv

Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus - Research & DiagnosticsPEDv Research & Diagnostics Dr. Darin Madson, Iowa State University, talks about how veterinary diagnostic labs seek and find Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv). Dr. Madson offers the science details on PEDv and what characteristics the virus contains. Dr. Madson closes with approaches to research on PEDv treatments.

Connecting With Consumers

Transparency and Agri-TourismTransparency and Agri-Tourism Jon Hoek tells the background of Belstra Milling Company and its involvement in the Fair Oaks Pig Adventure. Mr. Hoek shares there is a paradox: Mandates for expedited timelines for perceived animal welfare gains may actually cause fatal unintended consequences for the pig. And this may be a tactic by activists to exploit the animal and question the ethical / moral validity of animal agriculture altogether. His challenge to pork farmers: Create courageous solutions to connect with consumers and be transparent.

Foaming at the Pit

Foaming at the Pit: A Research UpdateFoaming Research Update Drs. Steve Hoff, Andersen, and Kerr share research on manure pit foaming and what operations need to keep an eye on. Their research aims to find and correct the mechanisms of foaming so the risks to operations staff and animals is minimized. They offer some key finding on what might be related to causing manure to foam and what can practically be done to reduce the effect.

Telling your Farming Story Through Social Media

Pulsing the Positives: Telling your Farming Story Through Social MediaPulsing the Positives Erin Brenneman, Washington County, Iowa, Pork Producer, tells how she uses social media with the purpose of sharing agriculture. Erin, a city girl, married a pork farmer from Iowa. She uses her city background and the myths that city people have about farm people to point out they are not all true and points out what really happens on farms. Her challenge to farmers: Farmers will not win trust with just 10 strong voices - it is going to have to take a lot more: Open up and express your passion!

What About The Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus?

Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virusUnderstanding This PED Virus in Practice Dr. Matt Anderson, Suidae Health and Production, shares his veterinarian practice experience in dealing with Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv). Dr. Anderson points out that PEDv tested the assumptions of how to handle animal diseases and what protocols were and were not in place. He concludes with the message to prodders that trucks need to be clean, clean, clean. And he suggests there needs to be thought in to how international trade is protected from future outbreaks of animal diseases.

Addressing Concerns On PEDV

Understanding PEDv: Diagnostics, Impacts & Biosecurity Q&APEDV Q&A Dr. Rodger Main, Veterinary Diagnostic Lab, Iowa State University, and Dr. Butch Baker, Iowa Pork Industry Center, College of Veterinary Medicine, Iowa State University, address questions from the audience on the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) outbreak in the USA. Some of the questions revolve about approaches to PEDV reporting and how to interpret PEDV symptoms as it relates to immunity or infections.

PEDV Forcing Preparation

PEDVs Emergence in the US: Status Report, Diagnostics, & ObservationsLearning From PEDV Dr. Rodger Main, Veterinary Diagnostic Lab, Iowa State University, provides a status report, diagnosis, and observation on the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) in the USA. Dr. Main highlights the data on farms impacted and cases reviewed. Dr. Main also outlines several of the lessons learned along the way and how to apply them to a broader state of preparedness.

Understanding PEDv

Understanding PEDv: Diagnostics, Impacts & BiosecurityDiagnostics, Impacts & Biosecurity Dr. Butch Baker, College of Veterinary Medicine, Iowa State University, provides details on porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) in Iowa and how biosecurity plays a part in reducing impacts. Dr. Baker also covers strategies operations are using to reduce and eliminate PEDV in herds. Dr. Baker closes with what is happening in the future of management and production with PEDV and other swine diseases.

What is the "We Care" Approach?

Dissecting D.C.: Pork Policy UpdatePork Policy Update Government policies created by the federal legislature and agencies in Washington D.C. can have major impacts on the day-to-day life of pork producers. Dallas Hockman shares an update on the current issues of interest to the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) including the farm bill, sow housing, antibiotics, trade, the environment and more. This presentation gets you up to speed on the issues and offers opportunities for you to become more active in the political process with assistance from NPPC.

Is There an Up for Pork Economics?

Show Me the Money: Economic OutlookShow Me the Money! The fiscal year 2012 rode the roller coaster as a tremendous planting season was overshadowed by drought through the summer months. Producers saw profits dwindle away as corn and soybean meal prices skyrocketed and hog prices hovered with discussions of plentiful pork supply. Dr. Meyer shares his insight of what 2013 may hold in store for pork industry economics.

What Are Sow Housing Directions?

Discussion Panel - Evaluating Sow Housing DecisionsConsumers Demand Change Increasing pushes from retailers to shift away from gestation stall pork has many producers on edge about future decisions impacting their farms. Iowa Pork Producers Association policy supports all types of sow housing methods and believes in producer's right to choose what is best for their animals and employees. It is important for producers to make educated decisions as they look to update buildings or invest in new facilities.

This panel of producers, researchers and industry representatives share their experiences with alternative sow housing methods while evaluating management, costs, efficiencies and challenges. The panel also provided an update on retailer decisions to date and current industry response.

Niche Markets Feed Management

Feed Management and Records for Niche MarketsAre Berkshires Really Different? Dr. Matt Swantek & David Stender share their results from a Berkshire feeding study. They offer some feeding recommendations and share some of the future directions of Berkshire feeding research. The purpose of this program is to encourage producers to be proactive in providing the best possible care for their animals and show commitment to the ethical principles of pork production as outlined in the We Care responsible pork initiative.

What About Iowa Regulations & Nuisance Cases?

Eldon McAfee - Iowa Regulations & Nuisance Case UpdateIowa's Landscape on Regulation Back by popular demand, Eldon McAfee discusses practical aspects of compliance with Iowa DNR regulations and environmental compliance and protection. He also reviews current state and federal regulatory actions, including EPA's report on allegations by environmental groups to withdraw DNR's CAFO NPDES permit authority and DNR's response to that report. And finally, he shares an update on the EPA air quality regulation of animal feeding operation and current livestock nuisance cases.

Swine Reproduction, Improving How?

Strategies to Improve Swine ReproductionStrategies to Improve Swine Reproduction Dr. Ross discussed emerging and proven technologies within swine reproduction and shared how this technology may benefit your farm moving forward.