Entering the Growth Zone:

Meet Patrick Bane, America’s Pig Farmer of the Year℠ By Darcy Maulsby Life is a mix of the comfort zone, the panic zone, and the growth zone. When a friend nominated Patrick Bane for America’s Pig Farmer of the YearSM, Bane didn’t enter the panic zone, but he knew it would propel him out of […]

Par for Course, No Dull Moments in the Cards for 2019

By: Steve Meyer With a new year, thoughts turn to what is in store. As Yogi Berra once said, “It is dangerous to make forecasts, especially about the future.” As an economist, I understand that all too well, but let’s look at what should be the four biggest issues for 2019. African Swine Fever (ASF) […]

New Study Validates Gains in U.S. Pork’s Sustainability

By Mike King America’s pig farmers are building on generations of continuous improvement with sustainability, according to a new Pork Checkoff-funded research study, A Retrospective Assessment of U.S. Pork Production: 1960 to 2015. The study was based on a per pound/kilogram of live weight pig produced. Over the 55-year period, the study showed 75.9 percent […]

On-the-Go Bacon Is a Hit

Christmas came early for Ohio State students this year with the December arrival of a bacon vending machine on campus. Students could fuel up on ready-to-eat bacon strips or bacon bits for study breaks during finals thanks to the Ohio Pork Council’s partnership with the Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. […]

By the numbers…

By Jan Jorgensen 300+ Nov. 12-18, the Pork Board joined 300+ groups to observe the U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week and World Antibiotic Awareness Week. Directed by the Centers for Disease Control, the event raised awareness of antibiotic resistance risks and the importance for human, animal health and the environment sectors to use antibiotics responsibly. 97% […]

On the Farm…

By Carrie Webster Multiple PQA Plus® Renewals to Debut this Summer An updated version of the Checkoff’s Pork Quality Assurance® Plus (PQA Plus®) program will debut at World Pork Expo 2019. The new version will feature two certification options – first-time and renewal. The first-time certification provides new caretakers with the basic knowledge and skill […]

Tips on Handling Animals Safely

By Carrie Webster How pigs view and react to their environment makes animal handling an important aspect of raising pigs safely. The safety of the humans handling the animals is equally important, especially given that moving pigs, loading or unloading trailers and treating pigs are the leading causes of worker injuries on pig farms. “Pig […]

Focus on African Swine Fever Continues

By Mike King As the steady drumbeat of African swine fever (ASF) reports continues, the Pork Checkoff has ramped up its efforts to collaborate and to prepare for all possibilities if the costly disease reaches American pig farms. “A foreign animal disease (FAD), such as ASF, poses dire threats, which is why we have plans […]

Top 5 Take-Aways from EuroTier

By Mike King and Marlys Miller EuroTier, held every two years in Hanover, Germany, offers insights into how the European pork industry is facing 21st-century challenges. As guests (Mike and Marlys) of its organizer, the German Agricultural Society, the Pork Checkoff learned from pig farmers, veterinarians, and allied industry representatives at the four-day November show, […]