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Tuesday, December 3, 2019

IPIC Foreign Animal Disease Preparedness Workshop for Producers

Start Date: 12/3/2019 1:00 PM CST
End Date: 12/3/2019 5:00 PM CST

Venue Name: Sioux County Extension Office

Orange City, IA  United States 

AMES, Iowa – Is your farm ready for a foreign animal disease? What can you do to prepare yourself and your farms? An outbreak of African Swine Fever or another foreign animal disease would be a huge challenge for pork producers, so planning ahead for an outbreak may reduce some of the stress for you and your employees while preparing the appropriate actions for your operation. Workshops to help pork producers prepare are set for six Iowa locations in December. All are hosted by the Iowa Pork Industry Center at Iowa State University in collaboration with the Iowa Pork Producers Association.
The IPIC team will help producers understand what the state and federal response might include in the event of a foreign animal disease outbreak in the U.S., and how they can individually prepare for such an outbreak on their farm. If individual producers prepare are more prepared, the industry as a whole is more prepared according to IPIC extension program specialist Amanda Chipman.

“We want to help producers prioritize actions steps and set goals to take on their farm today,” she said. “These workshops will build on experiences from previous workshops and insights we gained while observing the African Swine Fever functional exercises in September 2019.”

Following the workshop, attendees can expect to have better knowledge surrounding foreign animal disease preparedness and will leave with practical strategies that can be used immediately to improve the protection of their herd from endemic diseases already in the U.S. swine herd. All are invited regardless of whether or not they attended one of the first series workshops earlier this year.

These sessions comprise what to expect during a foreign animal disease outbreak and response, mass depopulation and disposal options, how to write your personalized enhanced biosecurity plan, how to keep the required movement records and monitor for clinical signs consistent with an FAD outbreak. Individual or small group assistance sessions with enhancing biosecurity and developing a Secure Pork Supply plan for your operation also are available and can be scheduled upon request.

Workshops are scheduled for the following dates and locations. Each will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. with an optional help session from 4 to 5 p.m. All sessions are available at no charge thanks to IPPA support.
Dec. 2, Public Library, Dike
Dec. 3, Sioux County Extension Office, Orange City
Dec. 4, Mahaska County Extension Office, Oskaloosa
Dec. 9, Hansen Ag Student Learning Center, Ames
Dec. 10, Audubon Recreation Center, Audubon
Dec. 11, Cedar County Extension Office, Tipton

Please register for your desired workshop location using this online form.

For more information about the workshops and to sign up for updates on future workshops, SPS and African Swine Fever, see the IPIC website at If you have questions or would like to schedule a workshop, or individual or group plan assistance, email or contact your ISU extension swine specialist.

IPIC was established in 1994 as a coordinated effort of the colleges of Agriculture (now Agriculture and Life Sciences) and Veterinary Medicine at ISU. Its mission is to promote efficient pork production technologies in Iowa, maintain Iowa's pork industry leadership and strengthen rural development efforts. IPIC focuses its efforts on programs that are integral and complementary to ISU Extension and Outreach. Through IPIC, Iowa producers receive accurate and timely information to make their operations more efficient and profitable.

Amanda Chipman, Iowa Pork Industry Center 515-294-8963,