Iowa Poultry Association members braved the below zero temperatures on Monday, January 28th, and Tuesday, January 29th, attending Iowa Poultry Association’s Winter Issues Conference, and the IPA Day on the Hill that followed.
Attendees heard from a variety of speakers, including Dr. Frank Mitloehner from the University of California-Davis, addressed the recent EAT Lancet study, the environmental impact of farming, the misinformation in reports, skewed statistics, and “repetition of falsehoods means that lies will eventually become viewed as the truth.”
Dr. Paul Plummer, of Iowa State University and National Institute of Antimicrobial Resistance and Education (NIAMRRE), presentation discussed antibiotic resistance issues, and the work the institute does for the agriculture community.
Dr. Michelle Soupir, Iowa State University, engaged the attendees with her presentation on poultry manure, soil and water quality. Her research, a 20-year study of manure and Iowa crop-ground, showed the benefits of poultry manure, on soil, and demonstrated findings related to nutrient uptake. In both corn-soybean and continuous corn phases of the study, a yield increase was observed, because of improved soil health, additional phosphorus, micronutrients, and organic matter.
Rounding out the presentations, Bob Naerebout with the Idaho Dairymen’s Association addressed the topic of immigration, the need to form alliances, conventional and unique, and the importance of working together in non-traditional means to bring forward immigration solutions.
The Winter Issues Conference concluded with a dinner, and comments from Dr. Dan Grooms, new Dean of Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine.
On January 29th, more than 25 attendees braced against the -30 wind chill to visit with both chambers’ leadership, across party lines, to discuss issues facing Iowa poultry farmers, the poultry community, and rural Iowa.
Kevin Stiles, Iowa Poultry Association CEO, stated “This Winter Issues Conference had our best line up of presenters, and despite the cold temperatures, our day on the hill had excellent representation – a wonderful cross section of genders, ages, farmers and industry representatives. The discussions with legislators was enlightening for all participants.”
For more information, contact Sarah Bowman, Director of Industry Affairs, Iowa Poultry Association at firstname.lastname@example.org