PorkBridge Educational Series Enters Third Year

Distance education series for pork producers begins its third year in December.

The distance educational series, PorkBridge, will begin its third year in December. Driven by popular demand, the PorkBridge 2007-08 educational series features a new lineup of speakers and 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," says Iowa State University Extension swine specialist Ken Stalder. "We know producers want this type of information and this program helps us deliver it right to where they are."

Stalder, who also is the Iowa contact for PorkBridge, says 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 will receive a CD containing that session's topic-specific presentation and information on accessing the live speaker presentation. Each session length remains at 90 minutes, beginning either at noon or 7 p.m. Central Time. Session times are filled on a first-requested, first-filled basis.

Lineup of interested topics and speakers

"The cost for participating in this subscription-only series is $125, the same as last year," says Stalder. "This covers materials and phone calls for all six sessions, which are scheduled on an every other month basis from December 2007 through October 2008. People need to enroll by Nov. 23 in order to participate in the first session on Dec. 6."

An informational brochure with subscription information is available on the IPIC Web site at www.ipiciastate.edu/PorkBridge/2007brochure.pdf. Iowa residents who want more information can call Stalder at 800-808-7675.

Session dates, speakers, their industry affiliations and topics are as follows.

Dec. 6, 2007, Glen Arnold, Ohio State University, "Swine Manure Application and Crop Responses"
Feb. 7, 2008, Butch Baker, ISU, "Porcine Circovirus-What do We Know and What Can We Do?"
April 3, 2008, Steve Moeller, Ohio State University, "Pork Quality- What Producers Should Know"
May 29, 2008, Lee Whittington, Prairie Swine Centre, "Use of Large Group Pens and Auto-Sort-Technology"
Aug. 7, 2008, Jeff Feder, Swine Vet Center, P.A., "Properly Walking Pens"
Oct. 2, 2008, Stephen Pohl, South Dakota State University, "Ventilation Basics, Adjustments and Maintenance."

Iowa Pork Industry Center at ISU 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 colleges of Agriculture and 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.

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