The National Pork Board recently announced the four finalists vying to be named America's Pig Farmer of the YearSM. The program honors a U.S. pig farmer each year who excels at raising pigs following the We CareSM ethical principles and who is committed to sharing their farming story with the American public.
The National Pork Board today named Jerry Flint as vice president of engagement and outreach effective August 1, 2019. Flint, who has a doctorate in crop science from the University of Kentucky, joins the Pork Checkoff from Corteva Agriscience in Johnston, Iowa.
The Pork Checkoff has selected 13 college students to represent the #RealPigFarming Student Social Forces team this year. Candidates were selected based on their involvement in the pork industry and their strong communication skills. The team will be active July through December.
The National Pork Board has announced that its second Pig Welfare Symposium will take place Nov. 13-14 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The biennial forum, which debuted in 2017, is designed to help improve the well-being of pigs by disseminating recent research findings and recommendations, raising awareness of current and emerging issues and identifying potential solutions.
Almost a million pounds of pork, or nearly 3.2 million servings, were donated by U.S. pig farmers during 2018, according to data compiled by the National Pork Board and the National Pork Producers Council.
The National Pork Board is seeking applicants for the 2019 student social forces team.
Industry panel shares importance of biosecurity with youth exhibitors
The Pork Checkoff, in collaboration with the National Junior Swine Association and Team Purebred the nation’s largest youth swine organizations, led an industry panel on biosecurity and farm preparation. There were nearly 1,400 exhibitors, parents and industry spectators on-site at The Exposition pig show at the Iowa State Fairgrounds, the panel addressed hot topics to stem on-farm disease spread.
Updates feature two certification options for producers
Revisions to the Pork Quality Assurance® Plus (PQA Plus®) 4.0 are effective today. The updated program reflects pork producers’ commitment to continuous improvement and features two training options – first-time and recertification.
David Newman of Arkansas named Board president
David Newman, a pork producer from Arkansas, was elected president of the National Pork Board at the organization’s June board meeting in Des Moines, Iowa. The National Pork Board’s 15 producer-directors represent America’s pig farmers. Newman is in his second term as a board member and owns and operates a farrow-to-finish Berkshire farm in Myrtle, Missouri, that markets pork directly to consumers throughout the U.S. Serving with Newman on Pork Checkoff’s executive officer team are Mike Skahill, from Williamsburg, Virginia, as vice president; Gene Noem, Ames, Iowa, as treasurer; and Steve Rommereim, Alcester, South Dakota, as immediate past president.
Today the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced to further its overall African swine fever (ASF) preparedness efforts with the implementation of a surveillance plan that now adds the ability to test for ASF along with classical swine fever.