In an effort to address the effects of rising corn costs on pork producers, the National Pork Board approved $400,000 to develop a nutritional efficiency research and education consortium.
“The nutritional efficiency consortium was developed to determine what research had been completed and what would need to be done on behalf of pork producers,” says Bruce Samson, pork producer from Three Forks, MT, and National Pork Board member. “It was determined that research and education should be focused on nutritional efficiency and not just ethanol co-products.”
The consortium has matched the initial funds provided by the Pork Checkoff. Participants include 10 state pork groups, National Corn Growers Association, DPI Global, Elanco Animal Health, JBS United, Lucta S.A. and Pioneer Hi-Bred.
The consortium will review and approve proposals. Research is scheduled to begin in September.