ORANGE CITY, Iowa — Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach will host six “Emergency Planning Foreign Animal Disease Issues for Swine Producers” workshops in Northwest Iowa during January and February. The workshops are free to attend, and no preregistration is needed.
Each workshop will focus on issues related to foreign animal diseases, specifically African Swine Fever (ASF), and help swine producers be proactive in case of or before an outbreak.
“Thankfully, the United States’ swine industry is not currently facing a severe disease outbreak, such as African Swine Fever,” said Dave Stender, swine program specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach, who will be leading the workshops with Kris Kohl, ag engineering specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach. “However, I encourage swine producers to be proactive in their education and biosecurity. If a foreign disease breaks here, it could be extremely detrimental to the industry and swine producers.”
Stender said that the focus of the workshops will include but are not limited to: early disease identification and its importance; the quarantine process and efforts to stomp out the disease; how best to upgrade biosecurity in swine operations; possible stop movement situations if a disease breaks; emergency mortality composting options; and more.
These free workshops will be held following the Confinement Site Manure Applicator Certification training in the following locations:
Jan. 29, 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. – ISU Extension and Outreach Sac County Office, Sac City
Jan. 30, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. – ISU Extension and Outreach Cherokee County Office, Cherokee
Feb. 6, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. – ISU Extension and Outreach Sioux County Office, Orange City
Feb. 10, 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. – ISU Extension and Outreach Kossuth County Office, Algona
Feb. 26, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. – ISU Extension and Outreach Plymouth County Office/Convention Center, Le Mars
Feb. 28, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. – AEA Building/ISU Extension and Outreach Buena Vista County Office, Storm Lake
Stender shared that the first workshop on Jan. 29 in Sac City will be more directly focused on the concepts involved in a secure pork supply plan, whereas the remaining five workshops will be focused on emergency planning to deal with a foreign animal disease.
Questions can be directed to Dave Stender at 712-225-6196 or firstname.lastname@example.org or to your local ISU Extension and Outreach office.
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— Iowa State University Extension and Outreach
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