COVID-19 information

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This page is for COVID-19 related information, as well as changes to programming and events by and with Iowa Beef Center and will be updated as we receive information. Events will be updated as changes occur and will be removed after they're held.

Information

Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) will accept applications beginning May 26. The USDA program website describes the program, who can use it, which agricultural products are covered, and how to prepare for application. Be sure to check the FAQ file (updated as necessary) in the resources section.

Considerations for Slowing Feedlot Cattle Growth due to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Factsheet created by Iowa Beef Center, Iowa State University Extension beef specialists, University of Wisconsin Extension livestock program educators, and University of Wisconsin Department of Animal Science Faculty.

Animal Susceptibility to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

  • Animal tests for COVID-19 in Iowa: If you have a suspected case of COVID-19, state veterinarian Dr. Jeff Kaisand recommends you follow the procedures for a foreign animal disease investigation.(Scroll down to Additional Resources) Veterinarians should report any issues to either the State Veterinarian or State Public Health Veterinarian or the USDA Area Veterinarian In Charge (AVIC). Once the information regarding the case is received and evaluated, a determination will be made if the animal will be tested.
  • Rapid review of literature (non peer-reviewed) focused on 1)pets and livestock with human COVID-19;, and 2) evidence of fomite potential of pets and livestock, done by Annette O'Connor of Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine, formerly with Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Systematic Reviews for Animals & Food website.
  • Testing companion animals and livestock for COVID-19 in Minnesota. At this time there is no evidence to suggest any animals, including pets or livestock, can spread COVID-19 infection to people. (Minnesota Board of Animal Health)
  • Two separate preliminary studies done with pigs and other animals demonstrated that swine are RESISTANT to infection with the COVID-19 virus.

COVID-19 not transmitted by food
Jim Roth, director of the Center for Food Security and Public Health and distingished professor in Veterinary Microbiology and Preventive Medicine in the College of Veterinary Medicine at ISU, told KCCI-TV that COVID-19 is not transmitted by food, and meat products from processing plants is safe. (0:30-2:37)

Terry Houser, ISU Meat Lab director and Smithfield Foods Chair in Meat Science Extension, reminds consumers that purchasing meat products from grocery stores or directly from a meat processor can be assured those products are safe. Even though meat processing facility employees may come down with illness, that does not mean the food is unsafe.

 

Iowa State University Resources

Center for Agricultural and Rural Development

ISU Center for Agricultural Law and Taxation

ISU Research Farms COVID-19 protocols

Iowa Department of Public Health

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 

Programming and event changes

BQA and BQAT sessions

BQA and BQAT Transportation. Date change and preregistration date change. (Original release)
Clay County Extension, Spencer – Tentatively postponed until June, BQA 10 a.m. to noon; lunch noon to 12:30 p.m.; BQAT 12:30 to 2 p.m. BQAT.

BQA and BQAT Transportation. Date change and preregistration date change. (Original release)
Sioux County Extension, Orange City – Tentatively postponed until June, BQA 10 a.m. to noon; lunch noon to 12:30 p.m.; BQAT 12:30 to 2 p.m. BQAT.

Other programs

Women in Ag Program (Beef Up Your Diet) at Spencer (original date of March 19) tentatively rescheduled for June 25.