US Pork Industry Makes Antibiotic Progress

The Food and Drug Administration has published its annual summary report on the sales of antibiotics. The latest data shows a 33 percent decline in the most critical class of antibiotics intended for use in food animals. When combined to the data found in the 2016 report, it confirms a 43 percent reduction in this […]

Japan: U.S. Pork’s Leading Value Market

Japan has historically been U.S. pork’s leading value market and has continued this trend in recent years as the leading destination for U.S. chilled pork loins. In 2017, U.S. pork export value reached $1.63 billion (up 4 percent) and was the 3rd largest volume market at nearly 868 million pounds (up 2 percent) compared to […]

Pig Survivability

The Pork Checkoff animal science research committee is focused on the issue of pig survivability. National Pork Board director of animal science Chris Hostetler is our guest in this edition of Pork Pod. Hostetler emphasizes the importance of the welfare, health, and productivity of the pigs.

On the Shoulders of Giants

When Pork Act delegates from across the country convene in Orlando March 6-8 for the National Pork Industry Forum, they will confer and provide valuable direction on the important issues facing pork producers and the industry. This year’s theme is Moving at the Speed of Business, a nod to the Pork Board’s path to reshape […]

Bold Horizons

Pork Board President Rommereim embraces Checkoff’s bold direction Along with strong family values and an unwavering dedication to a hard day’s work, change that spurs new opportunities has long been a mainstay on the sixth-generation Alcester, South Dakota, farm that Steve Rommereim and his wife Charlotte call home. Rommereim says the same holds true for […]

What Baseball Taught Me About Teamwork

It has been a long winter for most of the nation. If you are like me, you are getting spring fever. Spring means warmer weather, new calves and grass reappearing from underneath snowbanks. Spring also means baseball season has begun. We grew up as a baseball family. My grandfather Anthony Even was a baseball fan […]

Reinventing the Pork Checkoff as a Problem Solver

My son, Anthony, who serves in the South Dakota Air National Guard, is at Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, Texas, this fall. He is taking advanced training courses to become a F-16 crew chief when he returns to our farm near Sioux Falls, South Dakota, next spring. My family and I drove to […]

Innovation Acceleration

In this edition of Pork Pod, National Pork Board CEO Bill Even outlines a new partnership to accelerate innovation. Technology is widely adopted in crop production, but there are opportunities available for the livestock industry. Even says the Pork Checkoff is trying to “jump-start” this focus on innovation. Animal health is the logical place to start, but this partnership will expand to other issues facing pig farmers.