Pork Checkoff Report Newsletter – April 2020

Build a Biosecurity Culture Dealing with the COVID-19 health crisis has been capturing everyone’s attention, but farmers have long known that following biosecurity measures on their farms is critical to help ensure the health of farm personnel and pigs, says Lisa Becton, DVM, director of swine health for the Pork Checkoff. “Education and training are […]

African Swine Fever Identified in South Korea

African Swine Fever continues to spread in Southeast Asia. In this edition of Pork Pod, Pork Checkoff director of swine health programs Dr. Patrick Webb highlights the latest developments and the implications for the U.S. swineherd.

African Swine Fever Milestone

It has been over one year since African Swine Fever has been confirmed in China. Dr. Paul Sundberg of the Swine Health Information Center outlines what has been learned over the past year and what the U.S. swine industry continues to work on to keep ASF out of the country.

Never Too Young for Biosecurity Focus

There is never a substitute for good biosecurity when it comes to protecting herd health, and that applies to everyone from the largest commercial producers to young show pig enthusiasts with just one animal. “We need only look back five or six years during the height of the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) to see […]

Hit “Restart” Faster

Secure Pork Supply plan to help producers get back to business sooner in the event of an FAD If African swine fever (ASF) or another foreign animal disease (FAD) hits the U.S., you don’t want to be sitting on the sidelines when it comes to the Secure Pork Supply (SPS) plan. Taking proactive steps now […]

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.