Influenza Season

It is not too late to get your flu vaccination. National Pork Board director of swine health information and research Dr. Lisa Becton is featured in this edition of Pork Pod with details on this severe influenza season and the impact on people and pigs.

Unified Research

The Unified Research Meetings are coming up. National Pork Board Vice President of Science and Technology Dr. Dave Pyburn is featured in this podcast with details about the Pork Checkoff research investment.

A Growing ROI

U.S. pork producers receive a positive return on their Checkoff investment. Pork Checkoff vice president of strategic communications Kevin Waetke highlights a 2017 study that provides the ROI analysis. The results of an annual producer survey are also discussed in this podcast.

Investing in Trade

The National Pork Board has made a significant increase in its budget for international marketing. Pork Checkoff Vice President of International Marketing Craig Morris outlines that budget and the strategy for global trade.

Record Exports

U.S. pork exports recorded their highest-ever monthly value in November. According to Pork Checkoff vice president of international marketing Craig Morris, 2017 will be a record year for exports. That momentum is also expected to continue into 2018.

2018 Outlook

In this edition of Pork Pod, National Pork Board President Terry O’Neel previews the efforts of the Pork Checkoff for the year ahead. O’Neel, who farms at Friend, Nebraska, outlines a new communications strategy and more.

Pork Industry Scholarships

Chris Hostetler, director of animal sciences, National Pork Board, is featured in this edition of Pork Pod. Chris highlights the 2018 Pork Industry Scholarship program. The Pork Checkoff will award 21 scholarships worth $48,000 this year.

Antibiotic Stewardship

The FDA has released its latest report on antimicrobial use in food-producing animals. Dr David Pyburn, vice president of science and technology, and Dr. Heather Fowler, director of producer and public health with the National Pork Board, are featured in this edition of Pork Pod. This report provides information on antibiotic usage and the Pork Checkoff is also investing more money into on-farm metrics.

Export Strength

Joe Schuele, vice president of communications for the U.S. Meat Export Federation, reviews the latest pork export statistics. It has been an excellent year for sales to Mexico. Schuele discusses that strength and more in this edition of Pork Pod.