Kevin Schulz

Senior Content Specialist,
National Hog Farmer

Kevin Schulz joined National Hog Farmer as a senior content specialist in June 2014 after a long career as the editor of The Land magazine, an agricultural-rural life publication based in Mankato, Minn.

During his tenure at The Land, the publication grew from covering 55 Minnesota counties to encompassing the entire state, as well as 30 counties in northern Iowa. Covering all facets of Minnesota and Iowa agriculture, Schulz was able to stay close to his roots as a southern Minnesota farm boy raised on a corn, soybean and hog finishing farm.

One particular area where he stayed close to his roots is working with the FFA organization.

Covering the FFA programs stayed near and dear to his heart, and he has been recognized for such coverage over the years. He has received the Minnesota FFA Communicator of the Year award, and was honored with the Minnesota Honorary FFA Degree in 2014.

Schulz attended South Dakota State University, majoring in agricultural journalism. He was also a member of Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity and now belongs to its alumni organization.

His family continues to live on a southern Minnesota farm near where he grew up. He and his wife, Carol, have raised two daughters: Kristi, a 2014 University of Minnesota graduate who is married to Eric Van Otterloo, and Haley, who is attending the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.

When not covering the pork industry on behalf of National Hog Farmer readers, Schulz enjoys spending time traveling with family, making it a quest to reach all 50 states — 46 so far — and three countries. He also enjoys reading, music, photography, playing basketball, and enjoying nature and campfires with friends and family.

In his new role, Schulz will be writing and editing stories for National Hog Farmer magazine in addition to covering news for the website and National Hog Farmer’s Weekly Preview and Weekly Wrap Up newsletters.

Effects of gestational heat stress linger for generations
Heat stress suffered while gilts are in gestation has long-lasting effects on the performance of the gilts themselves, but also the performance of their offspring, and even further down in the gilts’ lineage.
Lawsuit involving Pork Checkoff revived
A District of Columbia district court has revived a once-dismissed lawsuit concerning the Pork Checkoff, specifically the "Pork. The Other White Meat" trademarked slogan.
Hydrogen sulfide the invisible killer in hog manure
As fall harvest nears, hog producers will be preparing to empty their manure pits. Producers need to be conscious of the dangers that lurk in the form of hydrogen sulfide that has claimed at least four lives this year.
Heat stress causes hog producers to sweat
Sweltering heat of summer can have a large impact on the U.S. hog industry. Though the hogs themselves do not sweat, the producers will as heat stress makes a large economic dent in productivity.
PEDV viability in feed ingredients researched
Updated: An evaluation of viability of the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus in individual feed ingredients in swine diets was recently studied by Pipestone Applied Research and the South Dakota State University’s Animal Disease Research and Diagnostic Laboratory.
Retail pork prices expected to decline
Retail pork prices are expected to fall another 3% to 4% this year, according to the USDA’s monthly Food Price Index report released June 25.
A natural alternative that fights scouring in piglets

Diverse fronts are meeting head-on in hog production — increasing consumer pressure to limit or ban the use of antibiotics in food-producing animals and hog producers faced with the reality of battling stress-induced gastrointestinal disorders in young pigs that cause diarrhea, morbidity and mortality. As a result, producers suffer economic loss.

World Pork Expo 2015
Enjoy the sights of World Pork Expo 2015.
Couldn't make it to World Pork Expo? Here's some of what you missed
World Pork Expo packs a lot of activities into three days. Here are five things that you may have missed.
Sundberg named Swine Health Information Center director
Paul Sundberg, National Pork Board vice president of science and technology, was announced as the director of the newly formed Swine Health Information Center during a National Pork Producers Council press conference kicking off the first day of the World Pork Expo in Des Moines, Iowa.
2015 Pork Master: Thomas Livestock Co., Broken Bow, Neb.
Thomas Livestock Co. empowers employees to make production improvements.
Chris, Jim and Dean Compart
Comparts target Duroc-sired niche market
Niche marketing evokes thoughts of a value-added product — ways to manufacture, process or market a product to achieve the most value. Compart Family Farms of Nicollet, Minn., has achieved a valued product, both in genetic lines and finished pork, but the journey to get there wasn’t easy.
Hill looks back on NPPC presidency, ahead to work still needed
National Pork Producers Council President Howard Hill reflects on his past year at the top of the producer organization, fitting the theme of this year's annual NPPC meeting -- Minimizing Obstacles, Maximizing Opportunities.
TQA aids in handling
Originally launched in 2002, the Transport Quality Assurance program is designed to help swine transporters, producers and handlers understand how to handle, move and transport pigs, tying in the potential impacts those actions have on pig well-being and pork quality.
Hord Livestock takes biosecurity seriously
Time is money, and time spent in the name of biosecurity is worth every penny. For Hord Livestock, biosecurity is serious business. The hog and cattle operation near Bucyrus, Ohio, beefed up its biosecurity 10 years ago when porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome hit, and that extra effort is paying off today.
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