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Effect of Electrostatic Particle Ionization Technology on Swine Airborne Pathogens

Reprinted as posted on UMN Swine Disease Eradication Center's Swine in Minnesota blog.
Recent University of Minnesota PhD graduate Dr. Carmen Alonso in collaboration with Drs. Peter Davies, Bob Morrison and Montserrat Torremorell, published an article evaluating the electrostatic particle ionization (EPI) technology as a technique to reduce particle load in the air. The results showed that EPI was the most efficient when the system was close to the particle source and when the particle size was between 3.3 and 9┬Ám no matter what swine pathogen was evaluated. This technique could be promising in decreasing the risk or disease transmission between swine facilities. Link to the full article.

Promoting Health and Well-Being in the Immigrant Workforce in Agriculture

The Upper Midwest Agriculture Safety and Health Center (UMASH) will be holding their annual forum on September 29, 2016 from 5:30 pm- 8:30 pm at the Cargill Building on the University of Minnesota St. Paul Campus.

Immigrant workers make up about a third of the hired labor force in agriculture and are critical to the success of this industry in the Upper Midwest. Attend the UMASH 2016 Annual Forum for a discussion of the role of immigrant workers in a changing agriculture industry in the Upper Midwest and the importance of, and opportunities and challenges in ensuring their health and well-being.

This event is free and open to the public. Space is limited. Register by September 22, 2016.

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Register Now for the 77th Minnesota Nutrition Conference

The Minnesota Nutrition Conference is a highly regarded and well known livestock nutrition conference in the upper Midwest. For over 75 years this conference has delivered leading-edge, research-based knowledge to advance sustainable production of beef, dairy, equine, poultry and swine.

Join us for the 77th Minnesota Nutrition Conference on September 21 - 22, 2016. Details are posted on the conference website including the Program Agenda.

Register now! See Registration Information for detail. Register onlineby September 14 for early bird pricing. Pre-registration is encouraged. Registration includes Pre-Conference Symposium, General Session, Species Sessions, 2 Lunches, Breaks, Reception, and 1 copy of proceedings (flash drive or print).

Get Registered to Attend the Allen D. Leman Conference

The Allen D. Leman Swine Conference is an annual educational event for the global swine industry. It is internationally acclaimed for bringing science-driven solutions to the complex challenges facing the industry. Each year hundreds of participants from over 20 countries attend the Leman Swine Conference held in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Join us for the 2016 Allen D. Leman Swine Conference on September 17 – 20, 2016. Details are posted on the conference website including the conference agenda. Be sure to check out the Pre-Conference Program.

Register now! See registration information for details. Pre-registration is encouraged.

Leman Conference will be held at the Saint Paul RiverCentre. See Conference Location and Hotel for lodging information.

Leman Conference is presented by College of Veterinary Medicine, and University of Minnesota Extension.

PQA Plus Advisor Training to be held in October

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.

Upcoming PQA Plus Advisor training date and location:

October 11th - 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., U of MN Regional Extension Office, 1527 Prairie Dr., Worthington, MN