Welcome to the New pork.org

“The overarching goal is to provide a single source of information at pork.org for all pork website users and to give them an outstanding user experience.” – Kevin Waetke, Pork Checkoff Finding information about all things pork recently got easier. In early December, the National Pork Board launched its new website, consolidating more than 20 […]

“Hick Hop” Innovator Cowboy Troy Celebrates Pork Chops

By Claire Masker Nothing gets your toes tapping better than a song about food. You may have had your Cheeseburger in Paradise, with American Pie for dessert and washed it down with a Piña Colada, but the pork chop has been missing. Until now. Recording artist Cowboy Troy recently introduced a new song titled Porkchop. […]

Checkoff Builds Momentum for Secure Pork Supply Plan

When it comes to the possibility of a foreign animal disease (FAD) outbreak or other major threat, the pork industry is taking a page from the Boy Scouts to “be prepared” with the continued development of the Secure Pork Supply plan for swine business continuity.

Back to the Barn… Showcasing Careers in Pork Production

Youth trying to find their path in life are often told that they can be anything they want as long as they are willing to work hard and do a good job. The Pork Checkoff’s recent first-ever Elite Pork Intern Summit reminded young people that careers in pork production can be both rewarding and diverse.

Producer Shares Views on Gene Editing

An Elkhart, Illinois, pork producer joined science and ethics experts at CRISPRcon this summer to explore the role of gene editing. The first-of-its-kind conference is named for the genome editing technique that is known as Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats (CRISPR).

Antibiotic Alternatives: Moving Closer to Objective Comparison

Just like previous generations, today’s pork producers are always looking for ways to improve how they raise pigs. While that includes seeking advice from veterinarians and nutritionists, it’s also critical for producers to be able to compare apples to apples when it comes to something as important as choosing the right alternatives to antibiotics.

Will 2017’s Key Trends Continue?

The USDA’s September quarterly Hogs and Pigs Report confirmed continued but moderate growth for the U.S. pork production sector. Along with confirming this trend, the report also solidified three others that have shaped the pork industry in 2017. Whether these trends continue and to what degree will determine producer success in 2018 and beyond.