The Iowa Pork Producers Association has scheduled meetings across the state in June to inform pork producers of changes in Iowa’s livestock regulations.  The meetings will feature IPPA legal counsel Eldon McAfee, who will provide legal and regulatory information on manure management, air quality, facility construction and compliance audits, as well as an update on current nuisance cases against livestock producers.

“Significant changes in livestock rules and regulations have been made over the past several years,” said John Vossberg, chair of IPPA's Environmental Committee.  “As a result of new legislation and administrative-rules changes, in addition to increasing fines, it is extremely important that producers stay updated on regulatory compliance.”

The program will feature a representative from USDA's Natural Resource and Conservation Service who will help producers manage manure with NRCS' Phosphorus Index. This will include walking through the Phosphorus Index program and determining what information is needed to use the index.

The environmental update meetings are scheduled for June 8, 9 and 10 around the state. They will last approximately two hours and are free to all pork producers who attend.

Meetings will be held at the following locations: 

  • June 8, 2004 at Northwest Iowa Community College (Building A, Room 116), 603 West Park Street, Sheldon, Iowa.  Meeting time is 7 to 9 p.m.
  • June 9, 2004 at the Red Fox Inn, Highway 3 West, Waverly, Iowa.  Meeting time is 7 to 9 p.m.
  • June 10, 2004 at the Clive Clarion Hotel, 11490 Hickman Road, Clive, Iowa.  Meeting is held in conjunction with the World Pork Expo, scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m.

This program is being sponsored by IPPA, Iowa State University Extension and the Iowa Pork Industry Center.  For more information on these meetings, contact IPPA at (800) 372-7675.