2007-2011 ISU Extension Plan of Work -- 150 Iowa Pork Industry Center

Statement of Issues:

We need to take action now in planning the growth of the pork industry in Iowa to meet the long term needs of the pork production industry and our rural economies while being considerate of the environmental and social concerns shared by all residents of Iowa. As we look to the future, the primary use for Iowa farmland will still be to grow crops such as corn and soybeans. These crops will need even more fertilization as yields will continue to be pushed higher. The primary products used for fertilizers have been petroleum based. The cost of these petroleum based fertilizers will most likely rise, which will then drive the value of swine manure as a crop nutrient even higher. The synergy between crop production and pork production is unique and it is logical to consider this avenue to enhance our rural economies by capitalizing on these opportunities.

Performance Goals:

Output Indicators (Activities):

Outcome Indicators (Impact):

151 – National animal ID program:  Number of premises registered in the national animal ID program (cumulative).

152 – Large pen gestation systems:  Number of pork producers exposed to large pen gestation systems and their management (cumulative).

153 – Manure testing and utilization:  Number of pork producers using manure testing information to manage swine manure application (cumulative).

154 – Cost of production records:  Number of niche market farms with accurate cost of production records.

155 – Environmental management systems:  Number of swine farms to participate in EMS training sessions (cumulative).

156 – Youth programs:  Number of youth participating in the Iowa State Fair swine programs (annually).

157 – Pork and crop farm synergies:  Number of crop producers who broaden their agricultural enterprise to include swine production facilities in order to bring another family member into the business (annually).

158 – Production systems and practices:  Number of pork producers who adopt more competitive production systems and practices.

159 – Animal health improvement:  Number of producers who adopt improved animal health protocols or procedures.

Target Audiences:

Independent farms
Corporate farms
Attribute based farms
Peer support groups
Youth and next generation
Commodity groups
Community colleges
General population
Policy makers

Team Point of Contact:

John Mabry, Professor




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