Disease prevention

DES MOINES — A series of free, interactive Foreign Animal Disease prevention and response workshops for livestock producers and veterinarians will be offered through the Iowa Department of Agriculture and the Iowa State University Center for Food Security and Public Health.

“Animal agriculture is critical to our state’s economy,” state agriculture secretary Mike Naig said in a news release.

Workshop attendees will learn what to expect if foot and mouth disease or African swine fever is found in the U.S. Experts will share their plans for animal movements and the requirements that would go into effect if a foreign animal disease outbreak occurred.

Attendees can also expect to hear how to protect their animals from diseases and suggested daily health monitoring strategies.

Workshops are scheduled at the following locations:

  • Feb. 12 — Ames, IA (Quality Inn & Suites Conference Center, 2601 E 13th St, Ames)
  • Feb. 26 — Nashua, IA (Borlaug Learning Center, 3327 290th St, Nashua)
  • March 5 — Sioux Center, IA (Terrace View Event Center, 230 St Andrews Way, Sioux Center)
  • March 12 — Carroll, IA (Carrollton Inn, 1730 US-71, Carroll)

Onsite registration opens at 8:30 a.m. the days of each session. Workshops start at 9 a.m., going until 3:30 p.m.

For more information regarding the workshops and to register, email fad@IowaAgriculture.gov, contact Andrew Hennenfent at 515-281-5321 or visit https://bit.ly/2G5jGjB.