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GPCAH attends and hosts many events throughout the year.  We look forward to meeting you at one of the following:

 

Dakotafest
August 18-20, 2015
Mitchell, SD

Farm Progress Show
September 1-3, 2015
Decatur, IL

Husker Harvest Days
September 15-17, 2015
Grand Island, NE

Ozark Fall Farmfest
October 2-4, 2015
Springfield, MO

MRASH Conference
November 17-18, 2015
Decorah, IA

 

 

Manure Pit Gas Awareness 

In the Midwest, an estimated 24% of swine barn manure pits have experienced “foaming”, which can trap high concentrations of methane gas resulting in hazardous environments.  These high concentrations can cause flash fires or explosions if there is an ignition source. Since 2009, at least 11 explosions have occurred in upper Midwest barns from methane releases in foaming manure.  See Foaming Manure Pit Dangers Fact Sheet 

Avian Influenza Outbreak

Since December 2014, over 47 million birds in the US have been affected by the avian influenza outbreak. GPCAH, in collaboration with its partners, has produced a resource outlining personal protective equipment (PPE) recommendations for workers in poultry facilities.  See Avian Influenza PPE Guidelines.

Although no humans in the US have  been infected, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has issued a Health Advisory explaining the recommendations for infection control and prevention.

Read more about avian influenza…

Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health | University of Iowa College of Public Health
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