Joe Vansickle

Senior Editor

Joe, a native of Indiana, is a graduate of the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN, with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. He worked on daily newspapers in Albert Lea, MN and Fairmont, MN, before joining the staff of National Hog Farmer in 1977. Joe specializes in animal health issues, federal regulations, environmental concerns, food safety and writing about the swine veterinary community. Joe has won several writing awards from the Livestock Publications Council. In 2002, he earned the Master Writer Program Award from the American Agricultural Editors’ Association.

Articles by Joe Vansickle
Pork Producers Shop For Answers
More highly aligned systems will characterize the pork industry of the future, says Chris Hurt, agricultural economist, Purdue University.It's the kind
Facing Up To The Future
In Minnesota pork producer Scott Hislop's mind, independent pork producers must become interdependent to be pork industry survivors long-term."Some of
Down, But Not Out
Despite fighting Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS), breeding sows in outside lots in manure sometimes up to his knees and a family
Up To One-Third May Bail Out Of Pork Production
On average, the pork industry loses from 10,000 to 12,000 hog farms annually. But this year is predicted to be different. The exodus over the next 12-18
Lender Offers Tough Words
Lee Fuchs, AgriBank's (FCB) senior lending officer, has a few tough words for some pork producers who want to be part of the industry's future.If you
North Carolina--Completion of PRV Cleanup Campaign Near
In 1997, the state/federal pseudorabies (PRV) eradication program was gaining momentum. But industry officials were getting worried about the lack of
Emergency PRV Cleanup Gets Underway As Minnesota Confronts Major Outbreak
USDA officials are banking on a federal relief program to help win the fight against pseudorabies (PRV). It couldn't come too soon.With hog prices in
Treat Your Employees Right
The golden rule in successfully dealing with people has always been to treat others as you would want to be treated.At Oasis Farms Inc., owners try to
USDA Authorizes Pseudorabies Buyout
In a move to help bolster hog prices and accelerate cleanup of the pseudorabies virus (PRV), USDA has announced a buyout program for the nation's remaining
Severe Price Crunch Calls For Quick Action
The late December announcement of assistance to pork producers by Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman was termed a 'positive first step.'It will provide
Low Prices Give New Meaning To Managing Risk
Raising hogs this past year gave new meaning to managing risk and what it will take to survive.For their part, lenders at a risk management seminar in
Wean-To-Finish Building Boom Sparks Evolution
In the last few years, wean-to-finish buildings have been sprouting up throughout the Midwest at a record pace.Almost as fast as those buildings were
Prospective Serology Could Save Your Herd
Routine herd serological testing to prevent herd health wrecks has been little more than a pipe dream for many veterinarians.But a new producer attitude
New Large Pen Deisgn For Wean-To-Finish Systems
It took the harsh Minnesota winter of 1996-97 to convince Lynn Becker that something had to be done about the poor performance in the family corporation's
States On Track To Clean Up PRV
Except for a few "hot spots" in a trio of states, the national pseudorabies (PRV) eradication program is progressing fairly well. It's still on target
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