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.

Stephan Hesse Wins Checkoff’s National Taste of Elegance Contest

Stephan Hesse, executive chef of The Oak Grill in Minneapolis, Minn., won top honors in the 20th annual national Taste of Elegance™ contest June 29 in Baltimore, Md. The competition, sponsored by the Pork Checkoff, featured 29 chefs, all winners of state and regional Taste of Elegance contests.