#WPX17: A Showcase of the Pork Industry

jamie johansen

This week we hit the agriblogging highway for the 2017 World Pork Expo at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines. The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) hosts the annual event taking place June 7-9 and will feature the world’s largest pork-specific trade show, educational seminars, youth and open swine shows, market outlook sessions and of course pork of all …

Ag Group, AgWired Animal, Animal Agriculture, NPPC, Pork, Swine, World Pork Expo

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 …

Ag Group, Animal Welfare, Education, Pork, Pork Checkoff, World Pork Expo

The First Isotonic Protein Drink For Pigs

Lizzy Schultz

Tonisity PX, the first isotonic protein drink for pigs, made a splash at the 2016 World Pork Expo, and Bill Barr, Director of Sales for Tonisity, was on hand to lead a press conference on the potential the new product holds for the future of the swine industry. Tonisity Px is focused on increasing pig vitality, and its benefits are …

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JBS United Honors Dr. Maynard Hogberg

Lizzy Schultz

Dr. Maynard Holberg was presented with the 2016 John B. Swisher Leadership Award, an annual honor presented by JBS United to an individual who exemplifies extraordinary leadership qualities and has made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of the swine industry, earlier this month during the World Pork Expo in Des Moines, Iowa. “This award is especially meaningful, not just …

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BASF & Balchem Introduce Amasil

Jamie Johansen

BASF and Balchem Corporation introduced Amasil® during the 2016 World Pork Expo. The formic acid has been approved for use by swine producers in the United States. In pig diets, Amasil is considered the most potent organic acid for feed acidification by simply lowering the pH of the feed. The less favorable environment for bacteria reduces feed-borne pathogens and decreases …

Agribusiness, Audio, BASF, Feed, Nutrition, Swine, World Pork Expo

Aptimmune Uses Novel Tech to Fight Swine Pathogens

Jamie Johansen

Aptimmune was formed in 2010 and specializes in the development and application of prophylactic measures against viral diseases of swine. Chief Scientific Officer, Dr. Federico Zuckermann, and full-time facility member at the University of Illinois, is the inventor of the patented vaccine technologies. Just last year the small team raised their first round of funding and brought on CEO, Aaron …

Agribusiness, Animal Health, Audio, Pork, PRRS, Swine, Vaccine, World Pork Expo

NPPC Veterinarian Talks Animal Health at #WPX16

Lizzy Schultz

Animal health was a major talking point during the 2016 World Pork Expo, and Dr. Liz Wagstrom, DVM, Chief Veterinarian for the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC), was on hand to discuss several of the most hot button animal health issues facing the pork industry today. In an interview with AgWired’s Jamie Johansen, Dr. Wagstrom dug into some of the …

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Big Picture Ideas for Future of Pork Policy

Jamie Johansen

The World Pork Expo each years brings to life key policy issues that impact the producers and consumers alike. As the policy arm of the pork industry, the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) is always busy tackling current issues. But I sat down with NPPC CEO Neil Dierks to talk about the future. “Our vision is for NPPC to be …

Ag Group, Audio, NPPC, Policy, Pork, Research, Trade, World Pork Expo

Research Will Help Farmers Discuss Sustainability

Lizzy Schultz

The U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) recently completed an extensive research project that dug into consumer perceptions about sustainability, and the findings may help producers continue to break through communication barriers and effectively get their story out to the increasingly disconnected consuming public. Paul Spooner, Manager of Affiliate and Ag Communications for USFRA, sat down with AgWired’s Jamie Johansen …

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NPPC Focuses on GIPSA, Trade at #WPX16

Lizzy Schultz

A major talking point at the 2016 World Pork Expo was the Grain Inspection, Packers, and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) Act, which has been a concern of producers since the 2008 Farm Bill included new guidelines that threatened the financial security of the livestock industry. Jim Heimerl, Vice President of the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC), sat down with AgWired for …

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