National Swine Health Biosecurity Review

DEADLINE: April 14, 2020 – 5 pm CST Submitters whose proposals are selected for final review will be required to present the proposal and answer questions via a webinar with pork industry reviewers. Request for Proposal Contacts: Dr. Dave PyburnChief VeterinarianNational Pork Boarddpyburn@pork.org Dr. Paul SundbergExecutive DirectorSwine Health Information Centerpsundberg@swinehealth.org

Economic Analysis: Bacon in the Time of COVID-19

Economic Analysis: How Challenging Times May Impact Retail Bacon Sales  Just a few weeks ago, foodservice operators were “all-in” on breakfast. Menus expanded to include all-day offerings and quick-service chains were competing for early-hour customers. According to NPD Group, quick-service traffic was up 4% for the week ending March 8, largely due to breakfast marketing. But COVID-19 has suddenly and drastically changed both foodservice and retail as more people eat at home. How will […]

Animal Well-Being – Euthanasia and Depopulation

DEADLINE: April 16, 2020 – 5 pm CST Request for Proposal Submitters whose proposals are selected for final review will be required to present the proposal and answer questions via a webinar with pork industry reviewers. Contacts: Sara CrawfordAssistant Vice President – Animal WelfareNational Pork Boardscrawford@pork.org Stephanie WisdomDirector of Animal WelfareNational Pork Boardswisdom@pork.org

Pork Checkoff Report Newsletter – April 2020

Build a Biosecurity Culture Dealing with the COVID-19 health crisis has been capturing everyone’s attention, but farmers have long known that following biosecurity measures on their farms is critical to help ensure the health of farm personnel and pigs, says Lisa Becton, DVM, director of swine health for the Pork Checkoff. “Education and training are […]

Proof – America is Turning to Comfort Foods

More Americans Want Comfort Foods: Here’s How We Can Help  People around the country are now staying home and social distancing to slow the spread of COVID-19, and many have stocked up with several weeks of food. According to a March 26 survey by IRI Worldwide, 70% of consumers are now staying home (compared to 43% the week before), 56% are eating […]

Four Cornerstones for Agriculture in Uncertain Times

The world is no longer what it was a few short weeks ago. It is unnerving to see empty grocery store shelves, shuttered schools, steep drops in the commodity and stock markets, people hoarding hand sanitizer and more – all due to coronavirus. There are no guidebooks to tell us how to manage times like […]

Cook Once, Eat Twice: Helping Families Simplify Mealtime

During this challenging time, a growing number of families are at home together much more than usual, so they’re likely to be eating meals together more often than they typically do. With school and religious activities, sports and entertainment are on hold, all ages are now around the dinner table every night, and the hurried, frantic pace of busy schedules gives way to a lot more time on our […]