Posted: May 15, 2020
Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship
Launches Resource Coordination Center to Assist Livestock
DES MOINES, Iowa (April 30, 2020) – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig announced
today that the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship has formed a Resource
Coordination Center (RCC) to support Iowa livestock producers affected by the COVID-19
supply chain disruptions. COVID-19 outbreaks in the workforce are causing many meat
processing facilities to run below normal operating capacity. That’s creating challenges for
producers who are trying to convert livestock to food products.
“COVID-19 has disrupted every aspect of our lives, including our food supply chain,” said
Secretary Naig. “This is creating numerous challenges for producers and forcing them to make
unimaginable decisions. We want producers to know they’re not alone. We have assembled a
team of people who are here to connect producers with information and resources as they work
through this difficult time.”
The Department is collaborating with public and private partners to operate the RCC, including
the Iowa Pork Producers Association (IPPA), the Iowa Pork Industry Center and Iowa State
University Extension and Outreach.
“We have pulled together some of the best resources in the state to help those Iowa pig farmers
working through difficult circumstances. Decisions that will be made in the coming weeks must
be the solution that can work best for individual farm situations. We encourage those farmers to
call in with questions or go to the website to look at the resources available,” said Mike
Paustian, IPPA president and a pig farmer from Walcott.
“The creation of the RCC will allow both public and private organizations to mobilize their
resources efficiently and effectively to help pork producers make well-informed decisions during
this extremely difficult time,” said Jay Harmon, associate dean for extension and outreach for
ISU’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and director for agriculture and natural resources
extension and outreach at Iowa State.
Through the RCC, livestock industry experts, state agencies and technical specialists will help
producers explore every option to harvest livestock and meet the protein needs of Iowans. The
RCC will also connect producers with technical resources as they work through difficult and
emotional decisions, including animal welfare euthanasia and disposal.
Iowa livestock producers can call the RCC at (515) 725-1005, Monday through Friday between
8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., or fill out a help form anytime at iowafarmerhelp.com.
COVID-19 has caused supply chain disruptions that are forcing producers to make emotional
and stressful decisions. If producers are feeling overwhelmed, they can call the Iowa Concern
Hotline at 1-800-447-1985 to get free, confidential support, 24/7.
About the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship
Led by Secretary Mike Naig, the Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship serves the
rural and urban residents that call Iowa home. Through its 12 diverse bureaus, the Department
ensures animal health, food safety and consumer protection. It also promotes conservation
efforts to preserve our land for the next generation. Learn more at iowaagriculture.gov.