Resource Coordination Center to Support Iowa Livestock Producers

The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship has formed a Resource Coordination Center (RCC) to support Iowa livestock producers affected by the COVID-19 supply chain disruptions. COVID-19 outbreaks in the workforce are causing many meat processing facilities to run below normal operating capacity creating challenges for producers who are trying to convert livestock to food products. Public and private collaborators include the Iowa Pork Producers Association, the Iowa Pork Industry Center, and ISU Extension and Outreach.
 
Through the RCC, livestock industry experts, state agencies and technical specialists will help producers explore every option to harvest livestock and connect them with technical resources as they work through difficult and emotional decisions, including animal welfare euthanasia and disposal.
 
Iowa livestock producers can call the RCC at 515-725-1005, Monday through Friday between 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., or fill out a help form anytime at iowafarmerhelp.com.
 
Another resource for livestock producers and anyone needing support is the Iowa Concern Hotline at 800-447-1985 to get free, confidential support, 24/7.
 
Iowa Concern has access to an attorney for legal education, stress counselors, and information and referral service for a wide variety of topics. Check out this confidential resource and share it with others.
 
Additional information and resources can be found on Human Sciences Extension and Outreach’s
“Finding Answers Now”
website.

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