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Sarah's Vietnam Experience

Recently I had the opportunity to travel to Vietnam with the MARL Program. This is one of the reasons the Swine Extension Newsletter is coming to you a little later in March then I would typically send it out. My Vietnam trip was from February 19 – March 2nd. For those of you not familiar with the MARL program, MARL stands for Minnesota Agriculture and Rural Leadership. It is a leadership development program for active and engaged adult agriculture and rural leaders offered in partnership through University of Minnesota Extension and Southwest Minnesota State University. I am a member of the current MARL Class VIII. MARL Class VIII traveled to Vietnam for our international experience. It was a once in a lifetime experience with all of the sites and learning opportunities we participated in. Below is a summary of just some of my experiences.

Our trip started in Hanoi, which is the capital of Vietnam and located in the Northern region of the country. In this area we saw many ric…

Looking to become a PQA Plus Advisor?

PQA Plus Advisors are the educators who work directly with producers to educate them on the PQA Plus program and will help producers obtain PQA Plus certification and PQA Plus site status at their respective production sites.

Two PQA Plus Advisor training dates are planned for NEW Advisors:
April 28th – 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Minnesota Pork Board Office, 151 Saint Andrews Ct. Ste. 810October 11th - 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Worthington Regional Extension Office, 1527 Prairie Drive, Suite A These PQA Plus Advisor training sessions are for new Advisors. Individuals wishing to attend the training session must meet the qualifications to become a Certified PQA Plus Advisor. Qualifications include:

Be a veterinarian, Extension Specialist, or Ag Educator (for the purposes of PQA Plus, the definition of an ag educator is a person who spends full time in adult education or at least 50% time in production training)Have a D.V.M or B.S in Animal Science (or equivalent)Have two years of recent do…

Swine Production Seminar March 23 in Okoboji, IA

UMN Extension is co-sponsoring a swine production seminar along with Iowa State University Extension, Hubbard, and Elanco on March 23rd at Arrowwood Resort Conference Center (1405 Hwy 71) in Okoboji, IA.

Program highlights include:  "Triumph, a New Marketing Opportunity for Pork Producers", "Those that do it 'Best'. will get to do it!", "Nutrition, Research, and Technologies for the Future", and "Market Analysis and Outlook". The program runs from 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. The program is free to attend and includes a noon lunch. Click here for more information and to see the full agenda.

Need to Know for Common Swine Industry Audit

By Sarah Schieck, UMN Swine Extension Educator

I’m sure by now you have heard about the Common Swine Industry Audit (CSIA). If not, the goal of the common audit process is to provide consumers greater assurance of the care taken by farmers and pork processors to improve animal well-being and food safety. The audit tool builds on the existing Pork Quality Assurance Plus® (PQA Plus®) program and expands it to serve as a single, common audit platform for the pork industry and to minimize duplication of individual packers having their own audits.

At the 2013 National Pork Industry Forum, a producer-directed resolution charged the National Pork Board with exploring a credible, affordable solution to assure on-farm animal well-being. As a result the Industry Audit Task Force was created consisting of producers, veterinarians, animal scientists, retail and foodservice personnel and packer representatives from the major pork processing companies.

Highlights of the CSIA

Questions? Sarah …