Pork Act Delegates will discuss some of the key issues, challenges and opportunities facing the pork industry during the annual business meeting of the U.S. pork industry March 4-6 in Kansas City, Mo., at the National Pork Industry Forum.
The Pork Checkoff is offering two Transport Quality Assurance® (TQASM) advisor training workshops in 2010. The workshops are scheduled for Feb. 23 and May 11, 2010 and will take place at the National Pork Board office in Des Moines, Iowa. The workshops are intended for individuals who want to train and certify producers, transporters and animal handlers in TQA.
Continuing a practice begun several years ago, the National Pork Board will travel to Columbus, Ohio, on Jan. 12 to meet with Ohio pork producers as part of its January board meeting. The board met with producers in North Carolina last January and with California producers the year before that.
It has taken Mary Kelpinski just over one year to tell one million people about modern pork production.
The Kroger Company, during October, partnered with U.S. pork producers to promote the value of pork during National Pork Month. To support National Pork Month, Kroger, the nation’s largest traditional supermarket retailer, is offering specials on fresh pork cuts at great prices throughout its family of stores through November 7.
Rayne Pegg, the new administrator of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) will meet with members of the National Pork Board on Nov. 9, the first day of the board’s autumn meeting in Des Moines. AMS oversees the work of the National Pork Board.
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.
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.
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:
To achieve the best human and animal health protection possible, the Pork Checkoff is advising producers, farm personnel and others who have contact with pigs to get the regular seasonal flu vaccination as soon as possible.