Today the Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services released the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010, which support the goals of reducing obesity, encouraging consumption of nutrient-rich foods, and increasing physical activity.
The Pork Checkoff, Pioneer Hi-Bred and PIC have awarded 19 scholarships to college students around the United States as part of their strategy to develop the pork industry’s human capital for the future.
Continuing a tradition begun two years ago, the National Pork Board will travel to a major pork-producing state for its first meeting of the new year. Following meetings in Raleigh, N.C., two years ago and in Columbus, Ohio, last year, the board will be in Oklahoma City Jan. 12-15 to meet with Oklahoma producers and producer leaders.
As of today, 92 percent of all U.S. swine premises now have a nationally standardized premises identification number (PIN). This milestone figure, calculated by the Pork Checkoff using USDA data, represents 65,907 premises. Nearly half of these farms were registered over the last three years in conjunction with a cooperative agreement between the pork industry and USDA.
The National Pork Board will be asked next week to streamline the organization’s producer-led committee structure. The board meets Tuesday through Thursday in Des Moines.
For the first time since 1994, McDonald’s McRib® sandwich is available in all participating restaurants nationwide through November.
The Pork Checkoff has teamed with the National FFA organization to create the Middle School Food and Agricultural Literacy Curriculum. It is a free resource — available at ffa.learn.com — that can be used by teachers as a year-long course or customized to fit a shorter time frame to teach students to become savvy consumers. The curriculum has more than 150 free prepackaged, stand-alone lessons and eight units to choose from.
Pork Quality Assurance Plus® (PQA Plus), the pork industry’s program to assure the world that U.S. producers are delivering a safe and wholesome product and that they are caring for their animals in a socially responsible manner, reached a significant milestone this week when the number of producers achieving PQA Plus certification reached 50,000.
As the United States enters another flu season, the Pork Checkoff is advising producers, farm personnel and others who have contact with pigs to get the seasonal flu vaccination as soon as possible to help protect human and pig health.
The Pork Checkoff, along with its cosponsor, National Hog Farmer magazine, has selected four pork production operations to be honored as the 2010 Pork Industry Environmental Stewards. The award, now in its 16th year, recognizes producers who demonstrate a firm commitment to safeguarding the environment and their local communities.