National Pork Board to Meet with Oklahoma Producers

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.

Swine Premises Identification Surpasses 90 Percent

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.

Pork Checkoff Supports the National FFA Organization

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 — 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 Checkoff’s PQA Plus® Program hits 50,000 Milestone

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.

Pork Checkoff Announces 2010 Pork Industry Environmental Stewards

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.