Many Iowa pork producers are trying to determine whether they should sign up for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Consent Agreement.

To assist producers with questions about the agreement, their options and responsibilities, the Iowa Pork Industry Center, the Iowa Pork Producers Association and Iowa State University Extension are cosponsoring a satellite program on Tuesday, March 29. "EPA Air Emissions Consent Agreement: What it Means for Iowa Pork Producers," will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. and will originate from the Extension 4-H Building on the ISU campus.
The program features several presenters, including Wendy Powers and Steve Hoff, ISU faculty members; Steve Kerns, IPPA president; and Eldon McAfee, IPPA legal counsel. In addition, Max Schmidt, chair of the National Pork Board's Environmental Committee and Iowa pork producer, was involved in many meetings with EPA officials regarding the agreement and will provide his personal perspective on the consent agreement. Topics include a history of how the consent agreement was reached, a review of the agreement, and information on current air emission research and results from Iowa facilities.
Cost of the program is $10 per person. The program will be available through a downlink at many ISU Extension county offices throughout the state. For more information and a link to the list of county offices that will host the program, check the IPIC Web site at http://www.ipic/

Producers should contact a county office directly for information on pre-registration requirements at that specific location.

If you own a satellite dish, you can link to the program at: Telstar6, channel 16 horizontal.