AMES, Iowa — The successful distance education program SowBridge begins its fifth year Nov. 7. Iowa State University animal science associate professor and extension swine specialist Ken Stalder said people need to register soon.
“The year-long program is offered by subscription only with an Oct. 15 deadline to ensure participants will receive materials for the first session on Nov. 7,” he said. “SowBridge provides all participants with the opportunity to hear directly from experts, and to contact those experts following the individual sessions at the reasonable price of $250 for the entire year.”
Entities with more than one location have the opportunity to add locations at a lower rate. Cost is $250 for the first registration from an entity and $125 for each subsequent subscription from the same entity. This provides access to one phone line per session and all program materials for each registration. Materials, delivery process and program costs are slightly different for those with non-U.S. mailing addresses, and potential subscribers from outside the U.S. should contact Sherry Hoyer at the Iowa Pork Industry Center by phone at 515-294-4496 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
A brochure with information and a registration form is available on the IPIC website at www.ipic.iastate.edu/SowBridge/2012BrochureIPIC.pdf. Iowa residents who want more information can call Stalder at 800-808-7675.
To see presentations and hear audio from SowBridge sessions in earlier years, visit www.ipic.iastate.edu/sowbridge.html.
SowBridge is sponsored by a group of 11 state universities – including Iowa State – from the major swine producing states.
IPIC was established in 1994 as a coordinated effort of the colleges of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State University. 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.