The holiday season is full of traditions, from families gathering to enjoy a ham dinner to outlining houses and barns with bright lights. For America’s pork producers, traditions are on display year-round.
By Bill Even Think of what a different world it was in 1985 when the National Pork Board was created to administer the Pork Checkoff. The Farm Crisis was raging. Global exports were a foreign concept to most U.S. producers. The internet and social media were unheard of. Producers knew they needed to support Checkoff-funded […]
Ham by ham, America’s pig farmers paid it forward during the holiday season with the second annual #HamsAcrossAmerica campaign.
Logging over 40,000 miles to appear at 28 events in 2017, the Pork Checkoff’s We Care trailer continues to serve as a rolling billboard for the pork industry.
Pig Farmers of Tomorrow program encourages young people to lead
More than 260 producers, veterinarians, packers, processors, academics and other pork industry partners attended the Pork Checkoff’s inaugural Pig Welfare Symposium in Des Moines, Iowa, Nov. 7 to 9. The agenda focused on general welfare concepts and how they can be applied at the farm level.
After raising pigs, managing employees and loading more than half a million hogs onto market-bound trailers over 30 years, Keith Schoettmer has learned valuable insights about superior pig care.
Pork Checkoff leads investment in antibiotic research By Mike King For America’s 60,000 pig farmers, 2017 was a year that not only brought new antibiotic rules, but saw a new level of producer engagement and professionalism in the industry’s ongoing work on antibiotic stewardship. Up to the Challenge “Real change happened on pig farms across […]
As we begin a new year, some retrospection on the factors that have made the U.S. pork industry successful is in order.
By Kevin Waetke From learning more about U.S. pork promotions to seeing firsthand how consumers shop the super- market aisles, the Pork Checkoff’s recent trade mission to Japan and China focused on new and expanded export opportunities for America’s pig farmers. Pork producer leaders Terry O’Neel, Friend, Nebraska; Steve Rommereim, Alcester, South Dakota; and Brett Kaysen, Nunn, […]