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PorkBridge Educational Series Returns for the Fifth Year


AMES, Iowa — The successful distance educational series, PorkBridge, will begin its fifth year in June. Driven by popular demand, the PorkBridge 2010-2011 educational series features new 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 and others in the industry 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 approximately 90 minutes, beginning at noon Central time.

One of the best reasons to participate is the continued low cost of the program, Stalder said.

"We’re happy to be able to keep the cost for participating in this subscription-only series at $125, the same as the very first year,” Stalder said. "This covers materials and phone calls for all six sessions, which are scheduled on an every-other-month basis from June 2010 through April 2011. People need to enroll by May 25, 2010, in order to participate in the first session on June 10, 2010.”

An informational brochure with subscription information is available on the IPIC Web site at:

Iowa residents who want more information can call Stalder at (800) 808-7675.

Session dates, speakers and their industry affiliations and topics are:

  • June 10, 2010, Bob Thaler, South Dakota State University, “Mycotoxins -- What We’ve Learned and What You Need to Know”
  • Aug. 5, 2010, Larry Jacobson and David Schmidt, University of Minnesota, “Current Understanding on Pit Foaming, Barn Explosions, and Safety Precautions”
  • Oct. 7, 2010, Mike Brumm, Brumm Swine Consultancy, Inc., “Preparing Your Ventilation and Heating Systems for Winter’s Challenges”
  • Dec. 9, 2010, Allan Evers, Cooper Farms, and Matt Ritter, Elanco Animal Health, “Going Hot-Shot Free: Tips to Improve Hog Handling”
  • Feb. 3, 2011, Michelle Sprague, AMVC Management Services, “Euthanasia Techniques, Tools, and Protocols”
  • April 7, 2011, Jennifer Greiner, National Pork Producers Council, “National Update on the Livestock Antibiotic Use Issue”

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 College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the College of 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. Through IPIC, Iowa producers receive accurate and timely information to make their operations more efficient and profitable.


Contacts :
Ken Stalder, Iowa Pork Industry Center, (515) 294-4683, stalder@iastate.edu
Sherry Hoyer, Iowa Pork Industry Center, (515) 294-4496, shoyer@iastate.edu