AMES, Iowa -- The distance educational series, PorkBridge, will begin its fourth year in March. Driven by popular demand, the PorkBridge 2009-2010 educational series features a new lineup of speakers and topics focused on the grow-finish segment of the pork production chain.
“PorkBridge provides relevant and accurate information on specific topics to people who own, manage or work in swine grow-finish facilities,” Iowa State University (ISU) Extension swine specialist Ken Stalder said. “Producers can get the information they need without the hassle of traveling or giving up a whole day to attend a meeting.”
Stalder, who also is the Iowa contact for PorkBridge, said the program is provided through a unique delivery method. It combines electronic information viewed on computer with live oral presentations by topic experts via phone. The week before each session, subscribers receive a CD containing that session’s topic-specific presentation and additional information. Each session is 90 minutes, beginning at noon Central time.
"The cost for participating in this subscription-only series is $125, the same as last year," Stalder said. "This covers materials and phone calls for all six sessions, which are scheduled on an every other month basis from March 2009 through January 2010. People need to enroll by February 20, 2009, in order to participate in the first session on March 5, 2009.”
An informational brochure with subscription information is available on the IPIC Web site at www.ipic.iastate.edu/PorkBridge/IPICbrochurePB.pdf Iowa residents who want more information can call Stalder at (800) 808-7675.
Session dates, speakers, their industry affiliations and topics are as follows.
- March 5, 2009, John Waddell, Sutton Veterinary Clinic, “Current Swine Health Challenges and Solutions”
- May 7, 2009, Tom Guthrie, Michigan State University, “Managing Water”
- July 2, 2009, Jay Harmon, ISU, “Energy Use and Conservation for Swine Barns”
- September 3, 2009, John Lory, University of Missouri, “Manure Value and Alteration of Composition”
- November 5, 2009, Collette Shultz-Kaster and Roger Johnson, Farmland Foods, “Packer Perspective on Quality of Hogs”
- January 7, 2010, Mike Tokach, Kansas State University, “Marketing Your Hogs at the Ideal Weight”
IPIC coordinates all program details, including registration and subscriber mailings. Mark Whitney and Lee Johnston of the University of Minnesota coordinate the PorkBridge program.
IPIC was established in 1994 as a coordinated effort of the colleges of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State University (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. Through IPIC, Iowa producers receive accurate and timely information to make their operations more efficient and profitable.