Livestock producers negatively affected by disruptions in the food supply chain caused by the COVID-19 pandemic can now get support through a new Resource Coordination Center, state agriculture officials announced Thursday. “COVID-19 has disrupted every aspect of our lives, including our food supply chain,” state Agriculture Secretary Mike Naig said in a news release. “This is creating numerous challenges for producers and forcing them to make unimaginable decisions. We want producers to know they’re not alone.” According to the release, the state agriculture department is partnering with the Iowa Pork Producers Association, the Iowa Pork Industry Center, and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach for the operation of the center. The Resource Coordination Center will bring together livestock industry experts, state agencies and technical specialists to help producers look at every option to turn their livestock into food for Iowans. The center will also connect producers with technical resources as they work through difficult and emotional decisions, such as animal welfare, euthanasia and disposal. “We have pulled together some of the best resources in the state to help those Iowa pig farmers working through difficult circumstances,” said Mike Paustian, Iowa Pork Producers Association president, and a hog farmer from Walcott, in eastern Iowa. “Decisions that will be made in the coming weeks must be the solutions that can work best for individual farm situations.” Iowa livestock producers can call the center at 515-725-1005, between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, or at Produces who are feeling overwhelmed by disruptions in the food supply chain and losses in revenue can call the Iowa Concern Hotline at 800-447-1985, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.