Sowbridge and PorkBridge Programs Begin Soon

AMES, Iowa -- The successful pork industry distance education programs SowBridge and PorkBridge are scheduled to begin in early February, so those who want to participate need to register very soon. Iowa State University animal science professor and extension swine specialist Ken Stalder said registrations are still being accepted.

“Although the registration deadline to ensure materials are received in time for the first session for each program has passed, people can still register by completing the form and submitting payment,” he said. “We will do our best to get materials to our subscribers in time for the initial sessions on Feb. 5 and 6, respectively.”

Stalder, who also is the Iowa contact for the programs, said the programs offer accurate and timely information on a variety of topics through a regular schedule. In addition, the registration fee has not increased for either program. Each registration provides access to one phone line per session and all the materials for all sessions. For operations with more than one location, lower fees for subsequent registrations from the same entity are available.

“Cost is $250 for SowBridge and $125 for PorkBridge,” he said. “Contact us at the Iowa Pork Industry Center for any questions on either program.”

More information on SowBridge, including a link to the program brochure, is available on the IPIC website. The website also has a section for PorkBridge including that brochure. Iowa residents who want more information on either program can call IPIC at 800-808-7675.

SowBridge and PorkBridge are 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. Through IPIC, Iowa producers receive accurate and timely information to make their operations more efficient and profitable.