National Pork Board committees have selected 22 research projects for funding in 2004, pending full approval by the Pork Board.

“Research funding is an important part of what the pork checkoff does,” says Paul Sundberg, DVM, vice president of Science and Technology. “Sound science is the basis for which checkoff addresses issues within our industry, and this research funding will help get science-based answers.”

Among priority topics for this year are odor measurement methods, the porcine respiratory disease complex including porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome, Mycoplasmal pneumonia, swine influenza virus, sow gestation housing and production-enhancement alternatives to antimicrobials. A complete listing of research priorities can be found at in the research section.