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.

Manure Haulers Take Precautions to Avoid Disease Spread
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
National Hog Farmer brings you scenes from the second day of the Iowa Pork Congress.
Iowa Pork Congress
Day 1: 2013 Iowa Pork Congress
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
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
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
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
A manure spill response demonstration at the recent North American Manure Expo provided tips for containment, control and clean-up when disaster strikes.
Follow the “Four Cs” When Dealing with a Manure Spill
With a Department of Natural Resources inspector standing close at-hand, a manure tanker hose opened up and sent streams of liquid manure cascading down a hill in a Wisconsin field as part of a dramatic manure spill response demonstration at the recent North American Manure Expo near Prairie du Sac, WI. The purpose of the demonstration was to provide hands-on training to Expo attendees on ways to deal with a serious manure spill.
Making Asphalt from Swine Manure
There were several excited pork producers clustered around a team of North Carolina State A&T State University researchers at last month’s North American Manure Expo near Prairie du Sac, WI. Researcher Ellie Fini and business development specialist Mahour Parast had come to the event seeking producer input as well as a source of swine manure to support an asphalt manufacturing venture stemming from her recent research. Fini, a civil engineer, received National Science Foundation funding for the project and is now ready to move to the manufacturing phase.
Damage Control
In July, the animal rights group Mercy for Animals (MFA) released an undercover video shot at one of Christensen Farms' facilities in an effort to pressure retail outlets to denounce the use of gestation stalls by their pork suppliers. In the aftermath, Christensen Farms’ Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Glenn Stolt offers some crisis management tips to fellow pork producers.
National Hog Farmer's Weekly Wrap-Up for August 3, 2012
Read about drought, HSUS ads, Humane Watch counter-ads and more stories impacting the business of pork production in this week's National Hog Farmer Weekly Wrap-Up newsletter.
HSUS Launching Ad Campaign against Pork Industry
The Humane Society of the U.S. (HSUS) is launching a new ad campaign targeting the pork industry and gestation crate use. Wayne Pacelle, HSUS CEO, talks about the upcoming campaign in his blog. HSUS is urging followers to use social media to post an ad featuring a quote made by National Pork Producers (NPPC) Council Director of Communications Dave Warner. Several hundred HSUS followers have registered comments on the NPPC Facebook page rallying against gestation crates this week.
Telling the Positive Pork Production Story
Minnesota Pork Producers Association (MPPA) Executive Director Dave Preisler was facing a wall of television cameras this morning following the release of undercover video shot in a Minnesota swine facility.
Undercover Video Used to Pressure Retailers
A Mercy for Animals (MFA) spokesman revealed more details about the process used to pressure retailers to make gestation stall decisions during a press conference held in Minneapolis to reveal undercover video footage this morning.
National Hog Farmer Sponsors ‘Hogs are Beautiful’ Photo Contest
National Hog Farmer believes all hogs are beautiful, and we think our readers tend to agree. To share our pork industry enthusiasm, we invited readers to submit their favorite photo of their ugliest — or prettiest — pig in June for the first-ever National Hog Farmer “Hogs are Beautiful” Photo Contest.
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