PORK Academy Seminars Return to World Pork Expo

Lizzy Schultz

The Pork Checkoff’s Producer Opportunity for Revenue and Knowledge (PORK) Academy sessions will once again be held during this year’s World Pork Expo. Seminars will run Wednesday, June 7, and Thursday, June 8, at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa, to help educate pig farmers on the latest trends in pork production. “The PORK Academy sessions offer more …

Pork’s 6 Year Growth Is the Fastest in Foodservice

Jamie Johansen

The National Pork Board has released a report on the fastest-growing protein…pork. According to Technomic, Inc.’s 2017 Volumetric Assessment of Pork in Foodservice, over the past six years, pork use has grown on a pound basis by more than double chicken, which is the next fastest growing protein. Pork use increased by 1.145 billion pounds, while chicken use grew by …

NAHMS Survey to Measure Antibiotic Use, Stewardship

Lizzy Schultz

USDA’s National Animal Health Monitoring System (NAHMS) will begin asking pig farmers who have at least 1,000 pigs and farm in any of the top 13 pork-producing states about their on-farm antimicrobial use and their related stewardship practices this spring. Those states include Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and South Dakota. The …

USDA’s Quarterly Hogs & Pigs Report

Jamie Johansen

The Pork Checkoff announced the USDA’s Quarterly Hogs and Pigs Report. The call featured three distinguished agricultural economists and their reactions to the report. A general theme of hog number growth sat centerstage. The panelists included: – Len Steiner, President, Steiner Consulting Group, Merrimack, NH – Daniel Bluntzer, Partner, New Frontier Capital Markets LLC, Corpus Christi, TX – Kevin Bost, …

Pork Checkoff Tours the No. 1 Customer for U.S. Pork Exports

Jamie Johansen

Members of the National Pork Board spent March 13-18 in Mexico City building trade relations. The delegation invested its time immersing itself in Mexico, which is one of America’s most important export markets. During the visit, the group emphasized the safety and reliability of the U.S. pork supply. “Our visit to Mexico was eye opening. As board members, we were …

Inaugural Pig Farmers of Tomorrow Named

Jamie Johansen

The Pig Farmers of Tomorrow award recognizes farm leaders, ages 18-29, who intend to make pig farming their life’s work and who are committed to raising pigs using the pork industry’s We Care ethical principles. National Pork Board announced that Kyle Coble from Minnesota, Logan Thornton from Idaho and Madison Schafer from Minnesota were given the inaugural award at the …

Pork Industry Awards Distinguished Service Award

Jamie Johansen

The National Pork Board honored Rich Degner, former CEO of the Iowa Pork Producers Association, as the recipient of its Distinguished Service Award during the National Pork Industry Forum in Atlanta. This award recognizes Degner for his outstanding leadership and lifelong contribution to the pork industry. “Rich has provided extraordinary leadership to the pork industry,” said National Pork Board President …

2016 U.S. Pork Exports Show Impressive Progress

Lizzy Schultz

U.S. pork exports have shown impressive progress at year-end 2016 following a challenging 2015. 5.1 billion pounds of pork and pork variety meats valued at $5.94 billion dollars were exported in 2016, up 8 percent and 7 percent respectively from 2015, according to the USDA. “We saw a strong 2016 for U.S. pork exports, but we still face challenges with …

Pork Forum – Power of Pork: Moving Mountains

Jamie Johansen

The 15 producers who serve as members of the National Pork Board from across the U.S. and Pork Checkoff staff leadership will gather in Atlanta, March 1-3, for the annual National Pork Industry Forum. Each year the delegates confer, vote on resolutions and advisements and provide valuable direction on the important issues facing pork producers and the industry. The theme …

Pig Farmers Complying With New Antibiotic Rules

Lizzy Schultz

U.S. pig farmers are not only well aware of new federal rules for on-farm antibiotic use, they already are complying, according to a survey conducted by the National Pork Board in November. “The pork industry worked toward the Jan. 1 implementation date for nearly two years. There was a concern that some producers would not make changes until after the …