Iowa’s proposed livestock matrix is closer to becoming a reality. If you’re interested in learning more about the background and how new facilities might be affected, plan on attending an Iowa Communications Network program Nov. 6. The program, coordinated by Iowa Pork Industry Center at Iowa State University, will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at nearly 30 sites throughout Iowa.

ISU agricultural economist John Lawrence and John Korslund, an Eagle Grove pork producer, will be on hand to discuss the proposed Livestock/Environment Matrix. They will explain the reasoning behind the matrix proposal; definitions included in the plan; and factors included in the scoring of new construction, siting an operation and manure management plans. They also will help producers examine potential impacts on new construction and provide information on submitting comments on the proposed matrix.

Plus, ISU extension economist Mike Duffy will present information on the availability of funding assistance to livestock producers provided by the Environmental Quality Incentives Program. 

Cost of the program is $10 per person. Deadline for preregistering for the origination site at 1483 Veterinary Medicine on the ISU campus is Nov. 5. Please check with your local ISU Extension county offices for other site locations and preregistration requirements.

To check the list of approved sites, go to, click here

Iowa Pork Industry Center