By Mike King Despite its geographical name, African swine fever (ASF), like all pig diseases, doesn’t respect boundaries. This was apparent Aug. 3 when Chinese government officials announced the nation’s first case of ASF in a northeastern province, creating a global sensation in the pig world that could have far-reaching implications. Not the least of […]
By Bill Even When I started farming in 1983, agriculture was facing a tough financial situation. We sharpened the pencil, tightened our belts and sought out new efficiencies as we looked for ways to stay competitive. Most of all, I knew we could not afford to be distracted. Those experiences come back to me as […]
You’ve likely heard the phrase, The whole is greater than the sum of its parts. First coined by ancient philosopher Aristotle, it aptly defines today’s concept of synergy, or T.E.A.M. – together everyone achieves more. From sports teams to business projects to neighborhood fund-raisers, pooling resources, ideas and effort allows us all to accomplish more. […]
Head down any gravel road in hog country, and you’ll find producers that put words into actions when it comes to the pork industry’s We Care initiative.
As we prepare to enter the third decade of the 21st Century, it might be good to stop to reflect on how much agriculture has changed in our lifetime. I think back to the 1970s growing up on our family’s farm at Humboldt, South Dakota, where my father Neal and my uncle Loren raised corn, soybeans, cattle, pigs, hay and oats.
Doing what’s best for people, pigs and the planet has been second nature for pig farmers for decades. To demonstrate their commitment to ethical pork production, 10 years ago producers debuted the We Care initiative and pledged support to its six principles.
The Pork Checkoff recently awarded 21 scholarships to college students (right) for the 2018-2019 school year.
Milestone birthdays are often a time of reflection and introspection – a time to celebrate past success and take stock of opportunities and challenges ahead. That is exactly what the National Pork Board and the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) are doing as the industry marks 10 years since the We CareSM initiative was launched.
It doesn’t take long after meeting Erin Brenneman for two things to become obvious: She wears her heart on her sleeve when it comes to caring for newborn pigs at Brenneman Pork Inc., and she’s not afraid to show it.
When it comes to establishing and maintaining strong employee relationships, producer Joe Dykhuis says that respecting employee differences while working toward common goals is what keeps their pig barns running smoothly.