Lora Berg


Lora joined the National Hog Farmer editorial team in 1993, served as associate editor, then as managing editor until 1999. She has also worked as a contributing editor to the publication, and the National Hog Farmer digital editor responsible for content on the nationalhogfarmer.com Web site. Lora serves as the editor of the Nutrient Management, Weekly Preview and Weekly Wrap Up e-newsletters. She has also written and produced electronic newsletters for Farm Industry News, Hay & Forage Grower and BEEF magazines. Lora grew up on a purebred Berkshire operation in southeastern South Dakota and promoted pork as the state’s Pork Industry Queen and as an intern with the South Dakota Pork Producers Council. Lora earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from South Dakota State University in agricultural journalism and mass communications. She has served as communications specialist for the National Live Stock and Meat Board and as director of communications for the University of Minnesota College of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Sciences. Lora earned the Story of the Year award from the American Agricultural Editors’ Association and bronze award in the National American Society of Business Publication Editors’ competition.

2013 World Pork Expo New Product Tour: Big Dutchman AIRPro-Tec PRRS Filtration 3
System filters out pathogens, helps provide integrated cooling for swine buildings.
2013 World Pork Expo New Product Tour: Baumgartner Environics Inc. EPI Air II 18
The EPI Air II “scrubs” barn air of dust, gases and pathogens.
2013 World Pork Expo New Product Tour 7
National Hog Farmer asks a panel of the pork industry’s best and brightest leaders to evaluate new products and services on behalf of its pork producer readers.
Agricultural Advocacy Movement Grows 9
Agricultural advocates, or “agvocates,” take time to speak to groups, blog and utilize social media, calling them investments in farming's future.
Infrared Heat Sensor Provides Cozy Comfort for Newborns 9
The Intelligence Surveillance System (ISS) from Conception Ro-Main, Inc., was recently awarded the F.X. Aherne Prize for Innovative Pork Production at the 2013 Banff Pork Seminar in Banff, Alberta, Canada. This new technology is designed to significantly reduce energy costs while providing optimal ambient temperature for piglets in a micro-zone area under a specially designed creep cover.
March 1 is National Pig Day! 5
Here's a bit of good news to help get the new month started on the right foot for pork producers. Forget that stuff about March coming in like a lion or a lamb. March 1 is actually National Pig Day in the United States.
Data Translation Made Easy 5
As everything from feed management equipment to barn controllers becomes more sophisticated, pork producers have access to more data to help fine-tune their operations. The challenge is to transform this wealth of data into understandable, useful information.
Don’t Let PRRS Hitch a Ride with Your Manure Hauler
When it comes to preventing the spread of the porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) virus, precautions need to extend to anyone who comes within infectious range of your operation — including your custom manure applicator.
Manure Haulers Take Precautions to Avoid Disease Spread 2
An article in the Feb. 15, 2013 issue of National Hog Farmer magazine explains how manure applicators can keep the porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) virus from hitching a ride on equipment during manure pumping and hauling operations.
Iowa Pork Congress Youth Judging Contest
Day 2: 2013 Iowa Pork Congress 159
National Hog Farmer brings you scenes from the second day of the Iowa Pork Congress.
Iowa Pork Congress
Day 1: 2013 Iowa Pork Congress 760
The 2013 Iowa Pork Congress was held in Des Moines, January 23-24. Catch a glimpse of the first day of this year's Pork Congress action.
Many nutrient management meetings are coming up in 2013.
Nutrient Management Meeting Wish List 2
Don’t you wish you could learn all there is to know about nutrient management? One way to pick up new tips and network with other nutrient management professionals is through attending one (or more) of the many meetings taking place across the country in early 2013. If you are working on planning your travel schedule, here is a nutrient management meeting “wish list” to get you started.
‘Nutrient Requirements of Swine’ Released 5
National Research Council (NRC) of the National Academies of Science recently released the 11th edition of the “Nutrient Requirements of Swine.” This eagerly anticipated revised edition, commonly referred to as the Swine NRC, was prepared by a 10-member committee that spent nearly two years reviewing scientific literature focused on the energy and nutrient requirements necessary for swine in all stages of production.
Manure agitation boat breaks up crusted manure.
Remote-Controlled Manure Handling 8
Puck Custom Enterprises (PCE) featured two remote-controlled manure nutrient management tools at the recent North American Manure Expo in Prairie du Sac, WI. Ben Puck, president and founder of the Manning, IA-based company, demonstrated the Manure Lagoon Agitation Boat.
Real Manure Spill Helped Demonstrate Response Strategies 2
A manure spill response demonstration at the recent North American Manure Expo provided tips for containment, control and clean-up when disaster strikes.
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