The successful distance education program, SowBridge, begins its tenth year in February. ISU animal science professor and extension swine specialist Ken Stalder said the program is designed to improve the understanding and application of various tools and techniques involved in daily care of the breeding herd and piglets. Operation owners, employees, technicians, managers and technical service providers are encouraged to consider registering. The first session is Feb. 7 .
As the new swine extension program specialist with the Iowa Pork Industry Center, Amanda Chipman said her academic and industry experiences have prepared her well for this unique opportunity. From Iowa State University to her home farm, she’s worked with a variety of people and taken on a multitude of responsibilities. This new role will allow her to use strengths and skills she’s developed along the way.
A dozen years after its inception as a pilot project, PorkBridge is still going strong. The low-tech delivery method brings the expertise of industry and academic experts to the farm via downloaded materials and teleconferences, thanks to an organizing committee from 11 universities with swine faculty and staff. No travel needed and the price is the same as the first year. IPIC's Ken Stalder says this year's agenda has great topics and presenters.