It’s no secret that the U.S. protein industry is in expansion mode. With pork production expected to be up more than 12 percent in 2017, Pork Checkoff staff and leadership spent the summer defining today’s pork demand “landscape.”
Animal care, environmental sustainability and responsible antibiotic use are all questions consumers have about today’s pork production.
More than 2.3 billion active social media accounts are being used across the globe, according to Brandwatch.com. A lot of people are having conversations online, and some of those people want to learn more about what happens on today’s pig farms.
While urban consumers enjoy bacon, pork chops and other pork products, most have never met a pig farmer. Earlier this year, the Pork Checkoff launched a new video series to remedy that. The Secret Lives of Pig Farmers videos can be found on the Checkoff’s #RealPigFarming YouTube channel.
What about GMO corn and pigs? Why do pig farmers use antibiotics? What happens to manure?
What if you had to answer tough questions like these? That is exactly the kind of challenge the Pork Checkoff’s Operation Main Street (OMS) volunteer speakers do not shy away from. In fact, OMS speakers – from pig farmers to veterinarians – actively seek new audiences, including key influencers such as dietitians, chefs, grocer associations and nurses.
With a clearer vision on on how to elevate U.S. pork as the global protein of choice, National Pork Board officers and senior leaders recently returned from an Asian trade mission. Representing the Pork Checkoff, the team visited with pork processors, distributors, retailers, importers and traders in Japan and China. Asian team members of the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) accompanied the group.
“Change is inevitable… adaptation and survival are optional.”
This old adage is a powerful reminder that regardless of your business, you must be willing to continuously reevaluate your business model if your enterprise is going to survive long-term. For the pork industry, this means making some strategic changes in how your Pork Checkoff dollars are invested.
There’s a lot of talk these days about sharing ag’s story, but that’s a job best left to the professionals, right? Not so, says the 2016 America’s Pig Farmer of the YearSM.
As he walked across the Stanford University campus in December, apprehension accompanied Brad Greenway. Sharing pork’s story is second nature to the 2016 America’s Pig Farmer of the YearSM, but his meeting with the university’s food service directors seemed daunting – at first.
Leon Sheets and his wife Barb put the safety of pigs and people first on their Iowa farm.