Domestic Swine Genome Unlocked with Pork Checkoff Investment

After years of work by a team of international researchers, the genetic code for domestic swine has been uncovered, which should lead to a host of new insights in agriculture, medicine, conservation and evolution. The milestone achievement, announced today at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, in Hinxton, England, cost about $24.3 million, including a $10-million investment from the U.S. Department Agriculture and $750,000 from the Pork Checkoff.

National Newspaper Association Supports Calling Virus H1N1

U.S. pork producers picked up an important ally this week in their effort to properly name the H1N1 flu virus when the president of the National Newspaper Association urged community newspaper publishers and editors to use precise language in coverage of the flu pandemic.

Statement from the National Pork Board on Testing of Pigs for H1N1

The announcement by the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Friday that tests are being conducted to determine if three pigs from the Minnesota State Fair in August are the first confirmed cases of the Novel H1N1 virus in the U.S. swine herd provides an opportunity to stress three important messages:

RFD-TV To Feature a Conversation About Pork on Oct. 12

What’s the latest on the H1N1 flu? What are pork producers doing to be prepared? Is the economic forecast for the nation’s pork industry getting any better? Viewers of RFD-TV will have an opportunity to get answers to those questions and more on Monday, Oct. 12, when the Pork Checkoff will sponsor an hour-long program that includes the opportunity for viewers to call in questions.

Pork Checkoff Announces 2009 Pork Industry Environmental Stewards

The Pork Checkoff, along with its cosponsor, National Hog Farmer magazine, has selected four pork production operations to receive the industry’s highest environmental honor, which is the 2009 Pork Industry Environmental Steward Award. The award, now in its 15th year, honors producers who demonstrate a firm commitment to safeguarding the environment and their local communities.

Tim Bierman Selected to Lead National Pork Board

Tim Bierman, a farmer from Larrabee, Iowa, has been elected by his fellow board members as president of the National Pork Board. Dr. Gene Nemechek, a veterinarian with Tyson Foods in Springdale, Ark., has been elected vice president. Both begin immediately to serve one-year terms.