DES MOINES, Iowa – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig today announced a series of free, interactive Foreign Animal Disease prevention and response workshops for livestock producers and veterinarians. The workshops will be offered through the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and the Iowa State University Center for Food Security and Public Health and will be offered multiple times throughout the state.
“Animal agriculture is critical to our state’s economy,” said Naig. “These workshops are a great example of how we’re working to bring the industry together to help prevent and prepare for potential disease threats.”
Workshop attendees will learn what to expect if Foot and Mouth Disease or African Swine Fever is found in the U.S. Experts will share their plans for animal movements and the requirements that would go into effect if a Foreign Animal Disease outbreak occurred. Attendees can also expect to hear how to protect their animals from diseases and suggested daily health monitoring strategies.
Workshops are scheduled at the following locations:
- Feb. 7 – Washington, Iowa (Washington County Extension Office, 611 Highway 1 South, Washington, IA 52353)
- Feb. 12 – Ames, Iowa (Quality Inn & Suites Conference Center, 2601 E. 13th St., Ames, IA 50010)
- Feb. 26 – Nashua, Iowa (Borlaug Learning Center, 3327 290th St., Nashua, IA 50658)
- March 5 – Sioux Center, Iowa (Terrace View Event Center, 230 St. Andrews Way, Sioux Center, IA 51250)
- March 12 – Carroll, Iowa (Carrollton Inn, 1730 US-71, Carroll, IA 51401)
Onsite registration opens at 8:30 a.m. the days of each session. However, online pre-registration is encouraged. Workshops start at 9 a.m., going until 3:30 p.m. Lunch will be provided free of charge. For more information, email fad@IowaAgriculture.gov.
Dr. Andrew Hennenfent, Emergency Management Coordinator for Animal Health, IDALS, (515) 281-5321, Andrew.Hennenfent@Iowaagriculture.gov
Lexi Marek, IDALS executive assistant, 515-281-5322 or (515) 326-1437 (cell) or Lexi.Marek@IowaAgriculture.gov