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Iowa Pork Producers Donate $100,000 For Animal Science at ISU

by 5m Editor
10 July 2003, at 12:00am

IOWA - The Iowa Pork Producers Association recently donated $100,000 to help fund start-up expenses for a new animal science faculty position at Iowa State University.

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The gift, which was made through the Iowa State University Foundation, enabled the animal science department to hire Ken Stalder whose extension program will focus on environmental education and refining management practices of Iowa pork producers. Stalder began his duties as assistant professor on July 1.

This gift was announced July 8 at the Lauren Christian Pork Chop Open, an annual event to raise money for the Lauren L. Christian Swine Endowment. "We appreciate the ongoing cooperative and collaborative efforts of Iowa State University in working with us to provide unbiased, research-based information to Iowa pork producers," said Curtis Meier, president of the Iowa Pork Producers Association. "This gift will help ensure that these positive efforts continue."

In addition to his extension program responsibilities, Stalder will work with other ISU faculty members and scientists in a variety of areas including breeding and genetics, meat science, nutrition and animal health. His office is in the Iowa Pork Industry Center, an interdepartmental center located in the animal science department. He will assist ISU Extension campus and field staff with educational programming opportunities and will work with the Iowa Pork Producers Association (IPPA) and other groups to distribute research results.

"Access to accurate and timely information is vital to producers and others associated with Iowa's pork industry," said John Mabry, director of the Iowa Pork Industry Center in the ISU College of Agriculture. "We value our working relationship with the IPPA and thank them for this gift that will help us continue to provide that information."

Source: Iowa State University - 9th July 2003

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