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.

World Pork Expo '16 nearing
World Pork Expo, the world’s largest pork production-focused event in the world, is nearly set to go at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines June 8-10.
Antibiotics: How'd we get here and where do we go?
Antibiotic use on U.S. livestock farms is going to change due consumer perceptions of mis- or overuse, as well as because of the continued growth of antibiotic resistance. How did we get to this point, and where do we go from here? Will livestock producers have to say goodbye to all antibiotics in their operations? The short answer is, no. Animal health experts agree that complete removal of antibiotics would create negative animal welfare issues.
3 key issues for hog producer success
"He who does best is who gets to do it." Tim Loula, DVM from Swine Vet Center, used that quote to bookend a presentation on what hog producers can do to improve their operations.
Tackling antibiotic issue a collaborative effort
Antibiotics are a necessity in today’s livestock and human health care; however, how and to what extent they are used is evolving as concerns arise about overuse in food animals and drug-resistant bacteria in both man and animal.
Can PEDV ride the wave with feed ingredients?
Recently published research shows that porcine epidemic diarrhea virus could survive in feed ingredients during an oceanic voyage, lending a clue to how PEDV first came to U.S. swine herds.
Safety stressed at all times in hog barns
Safety specialists have warned producers of the dangers foaming manure present during pump-out. Iowa producer Leon Sheets says danger is present everyday.
Court cases can be a nuisance for producers
Nuisance lawsuits have become common in hog country, but producers can take measures to prevent their operations from offending neighbors. Producers have even won some court cases.
5 swine pathogens on the radar
Hog herd health is important to the bottom line of the industry, and there are many pathogens out there that it would be best to keep from infecting the U.S. herd. Here are five that are on the radar.
Effective biosurveillance vital to achieving healthy swine herds, industry
Effective biosurveillance programs are reliant on good communication between veterinarians, veterinary diagnostic laboratories and producers, and the information that each is able to bring to the table to ward off swine diseases.
2016 Minnesota Pork Congress
Minnesota Pork Congress took over the Minneapolis Convention Center in downtown Minneapolis Jan. 19-20, presenting Minnesota's only trade show and educational event dedicated exclusively to pork production and pork producers.
Dietary guidelines keep meat on dinner tables
Lean meat, including pork, is suggested as a healthy choice for Americans in the 2015 Dietary Guidelines released Jan. 7.
North American PRRS Symposium, 2015
Even though PRRS remains the focus of the North American PRRS Symposium, collaborations with USDA NC-229 and the Conference of Research Workers in Animal Diseases have resulted in including emerging and foreign animal diseases, such as porcine epidemic diarrhea, porcine circovirus-associated disease, African swine fever, classical swine fever and other high-consequence diseases of interest to the swine virological community.
‘America’s Pig Farmer’ – doing it right
Keith Schoettmer, a hog farmer from Tipton, Ind., became the first America's pig farmer of the year - a title that he humbly accepts and takes quite seriously.
Lethargy in pigs and neonatal mortality have been attributed to Senecavirus A.
Stay vigilant on Senecavirus
Hog producers are encouraged to closely monitor their pigs for signs of Senecavirus A, symptoms that closely resemble those of foot and mouth disease. If such symptoms appear, tests need to rule out FMD.
Ag agrees that TPP will be beneficial, is needed 1
One thing that ag commodity leaders agree on is that the Trans-Pacific Partnership will be a boon for U.S. agriculture.
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