Meet the New President of the National Pork Board: David Newman

Dr. David Newman is the new president of the National Pork Board. Newman is an associate professor at Arkansas State University and raises hogs on the family operation in Missouri. In this edition of Pork Pod, Newman outlines the strategic plan that is being developed by the Pork Checkoff. Newman also highlights the current priorities […]

Biosecurity for Youth Exhibitors

In light of the global spread of African swine fever (ASF) that could have a devastating effect on the pork industry, the National Pork Board has developed a toolkit with materials related to biosecurity and foreign animal diseases for the show pig industry. The many layers of biosecurity can be overwhelming. While education and training […]

National Pork Board to Meet in Seattle

The NPB Board of Directors will meet for its September board meeting in Seattle, WA Sept. 11-12. As part of the Checkoff’s ongoing implementation of the business-to-business marketing model, it is important that board members have direct contact with the thought leaders and trend setters in the food, banking, venture capital and technology industries. That is why this meeting will include NPB-exclusive tours of the site operations for Costco, Google and Amazon, and will have guest speakers from Google, Wells Fargo, Thrive Ag Venture Capital and the Ag banking industry. Executives will share information about current consumer and producer markets and how emerging technology is disrupting traditional business operations. National Pork Board CEO Bill Even highlights this meeting and industry trends. In addition, Even comments on the recent African Swine Fever outbreak and its implication for U.S. pig farmers.

Preparing for Foreign Animal Disease

With the confirmation of African Swine Fever in China, there is heightened awareness about the risk of foreign animal disease. National Pork Board director of swine health programs Patrick Webb is featured in this edition of Pork Pod. Webb outlines the risk of FAD and the resources available from the Pork Checkoff.

Prepare for Seasonal Disease Challenges

As some parts of the Hog Belt begin to experience Spring-like weather, the upper Midwest may still be knee-deep in snow. Regardless, this time of year can sometimes catch producers off guard when it comes to stress on pig health. Having a plan of action, however, can keep your animals healthy and your farm’s productivity […]

Biosecurity in the Barn

Biosecurity has many layers, and adhering to protocols properly and consistently is essential for the safety of animals, farm workers, the public and our food. While training and education are essential, producers’ top priority needs to be keeping barns as clean as possible and protocols must be executed properly and consistently. To build a biosecurity […]

Preventing Foodborne Illness

On-farm factors Providing safe, wholesome food is the most important responsibility of the pork industry. Ensuring pork food safety is a complex undertaking that requires awareness of the role that everyone plays in the food chain. On the farm, many factors can affect the safety of pork, which is why today’s farming operations employ a […]