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Allen D. Leman Conference

Join us for the 2020 Allen D. Leman Swine Conference on September 19 – 22. Due to COVID-19, this year’s conference will be completely online! Details are posted on the conference website.
Register now! Early bird registration has ended, but registration is still open. Register online to pay by credit card or register via alternative payment if you need to pay by check or have the fee billed to your organization. Registration breakdown is: general $300, graduate student $125 and DVM student $25.

The Leman Conference is presented by College of Veterinarian Medicine and University of Minnesota Extension.

Funds available to update livestock operations

Minnesota Department of Agriculture is encouraging livestock farmers in the state to apply for the Agricultural Growth, Research and Innovation (AGRI) Livestock Investment Grant program. The AGRI Program’s Livestock Improvement Grants encourage long-term industry development through investment in facilities, infrastructure and equipment.
Applicants may apply for up to 10% of their project’s total cost. Grant awards can range in size from $400 to $25,000. Each livestock operation is eligible to receive a lifetime maximum of $50,000 from this grant program.

Applications of project proposals are due November 4, 2020 by 4 p.m. Applicants are encouraged to apply online, with applications provided in alternative formats if needed.

Visit the AGRI Livestock Investment website for more information.

Recently published

Congratulations to the following swine faculty and educators from the Swine Extension Team who have had their work published recently.
Ma, N., He, T., Johnston, L., & Ma, X. (2020). Host-microbiome interactions: the aryl hydrocarbon receptor as a critical node in tryptophan metabolites to brain signaling. Gut Microbes, 11(5), 1203-1219. doi: 10.1080/19490976.2020.1758008.

Pardo, F. O. C., Allerson, M. W., Culhane, M. R., Morrison, R. B., Davies, P. R., Perez, A., & Torremorell, M. (2020). Effect of influenza A virus sow vaccination on infection in pigs at weaning: A prospective longitudinal study. Transboundary and Emerging Diseases, doi: 10.1111/tbed.13688.

Li, C., Culhane, M. R., Cheeran, M., Pantoja, L. G., Jansen, M. J., Amodie, D., Mellencamp, M. A., & Torremorell, M. (2020). Exploring heterologous prime-boost vaccination approaches to enhance influenza control in pigs. Veterinary Research, 51(1), 89. doi: 10.1186/s13567-020-00810-z.

PQA+ Advisor certification

Are you looking to become a PQA+ Advisor? PQA+ Advisors are the educators who work directly with producers to educate them on the PQA+ program and will help producers obtain PQA+ certification and 
PQA+ site status at their respective production sites.
PQA+ Advisor training date is planned for:November 12 – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., AmericInn, 1406 E Lyon St., MarshallIndividuals wishing to attend the training session must meet the qualifications to become a Certified PQA+ Advisor. Qualifications include: Be a veterinarian, Extension specialist, or ag educator (for the purposes of PQA+, 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 documentable swine production experienceCertification is free to attend but pre-registration is required by November 5 either online or by contacting Colleen Carey with MN Pork Board at 1-800-537-7675 or at c…

PQA Plus and TQA certification classes coming up

University of Minnesota Extension is slowly working through its sunrise plan to resume in-person programming. For now all in-person programming is approved on a case by case basis so please always check with us or MN Pork Board if a PQA+ or TQA certification session will be held. The following PQA+ and TQA dates are still pending approval so be sure to check with us or MN Pork Board on their status when we get closer to the dates.
November 18 – Stewartville, MN – American Legion Post 164, 1100 2nd Ave NWDecember 9 – Mankato, MN – MN Pork Board Office, 151 Saint Andrews Ct., Ste. 810PQA+ certification is scheduled from 9 a.m. - noon and TQA from 1 - 4 p.m. at all locations.
All certification sessions are free, but NOTE pre-registration is required and no walk-ins will be allowed to accommodate COVID-19 physical distancing protocols. Facemasks are to be worn by attendees so folks should bring a facemask to wear. To register contact Minnesota Pork Board at 1-800-537-7675 or colleen@mnpork.…

Upcoming Events Calendar

September 2020
Sept. 2: SowBridge program – “Gestation/lactation Ventilation Do’s & Don’ts
Sept. 19-22: Allen D. Leman Conference – Virtual

October 2020
Oct. 1: PorkBridge program – “Proper application of disinfectants
Oct. 7: SowBridge program – “Proper disinfectant application
November 2020
Nov. 4: SowBridge program – “Induction protocol updates”
Nov. 12: PQA+ Advisor certification, Marshall, MN
Nov. 18: PQA+ & TQA, Stewartville, MN

December 2020
Dec. 2: SowBridge program – “Upcoming technology in pork production”
Dec. 3: PorkBridge program – “Precision technologies for commercial pork production”
Dec. 9: PQA+ & TQA, Mankato, MN

Episode 18: Rural Stress Resources in Minnesota

In this podcast Swine Extension Educators, Sarah Schieck Boelke and Diane DeWitte discuss rural stress resources for farmers and others involved in agriculture.Listen to the August 21, 2020)
Resources mentioned in the podcast as well as other resources The University of Minnesota Extension's Farm and Rural Stress website offers resources for those dealing with farming's current challenges and struggles, including:Mental healthFarm financial counselingFarmer-lender mediationThe Minnesota Department of Agriculture offers three ways farmers and others involved in agriculture can connect with the Minnesota Farm and Rural Helpline:Phone (toll-free): 833-600-2670Text: FARMSTRESS to 898211Email: