Six employee management webinars are scheduled for this fall, offered at no charge by the National Pork Board. They are designed to help pork producers deal with the challenges of managing human resources.
During six weeks, listeners will learn to recognize the impact of actively managing each employee’s day-to-day and overall performance, discover new methods, tips and tools for effective employee management....More
The 2012 National Retail Benchmarking Study is a massive project divided into two parts. The first part and first year have been devoted to the development of a computer model that randomizes selection and aides collection of data from retailers and club stores that sell pork products, both prepackaged and those prepared for sale in the backroom....More
In an effort to highlight competitive salaries and benefits in the pork industry, the Pork Checkoff conducted a Compensation and Human Resource Practices Survey through www.AgCareers.com.
During the fall of 2011, surveys were completed by a total of 214 producers, ranging from large- to mid-sized operations. Survey respondents represent 46% of U.S. pork production....More
In the midst of some of the most difficult market conditions in years, more than 50 pork producers will meet in Des Moines, IA, on Sept. 5-6 to draft a 2013 budget for the National Pork Board that focuses on continuing to build demand for pork while addressing several challenging production issues....More
The pork industry’s commitment to the highest standards of animal care has earned a cover story in Quality Assurance magazine, and the message of safe, wholesome food production is resonating with food processors nationwide....More
The National Pork Board has produced a new fact sheet entitled, “Understanding Influenza Naming,” to help explain where influenza (flu) references originate. Fact sheet author Jennifer Koeman, DVM, National Pork Board, explains that influenza viruses have circulated in humans and animals for centuries. Some flu viruses will infect only one type of animal, while others have the ability to move between species....More
A system designed by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists to predict superior beef tenderness is just as effective at predicting tenderness in pork and color stability in meat, according to a report just released by USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS)....More
Looking to enhance your knowledge of breeding stock management? This fall, Peter Neigebauer will instruct a Breeding Stock Management course through South Central Community College's online learning management system. Classes begin Aug. 27....More
The National Pork Board begins work this week on its 2013 plan and budget. The board will meet Tuesday during the annual Pork Industry Conference at the Wisconsin Dells.
The board begins its planning process each year by assessing market conditions, projecting available Pork Checkoff revenue, and then establishing a fiscal-year spending target....More
Mike Tokach, Kansas State University (KSU) Extension specialist and professor in swine nutrition, will receive the 2012 American Society of Animal Science Extension award at the society’s annual meeting July 16 in Phoenix, AZ....More
This fall pork producers will have a new educational program to further their swine education and a professional swine improvement program to advance their careers, offered jointly by the U.S. Pork Center of Excellence (USPEC) in conjunction with the National Pork Board.
The schooling program, known as the Professional Swine Manager Education Program (PSM), is designed to develop an online community college curriculum for pork production courses....More
Producer association efforts to address carbon footprints in the pork and poultry sectors will be the subject of a June 15 webinar set for 1:30 p.m. central standard time.
Since 2008, the National Pork Board has been working on a specific plan to assess and better understand the pork industry’s carbon footprint....More
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announces five new appointments to the 15-Member National Pork Board. The appointees will each serve a three-year term.
The new appointees chosen to represent pork producers are: Craig Mensink, Preston, MN; and Carl Link, Fort Recovery, OH. The reappointed members of the board consist of: Brad Greenway, Mitchell, SD; Dale Norton, Bronson, MI; and Lisa Colby, Newburyport, MA....More
Want to know about the power of pork for healthy eating? Curious about how many meals can be supplied from one pig? Looking for more details about how pork producers are protecting the environment?
You can find answers to these and many other pork questions inQuick Facts: The Pork Industry at a Glance book, which has been updated for 2012. This user-friendly, 120-page online guide offers accurate, informative updates ranging from how pigs are raised today to a breakdown of the industry’s latest pork stats....More
“Earth Day is an annual event, which will be celebrated around the globe this year on April 22,” says Everett Forkner, National Pork Board president and producer from Richards, MO. “But for pork producers, every day is Earth Day,” he says....More
The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) has learned that the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) claiming that NPPC is “engaging in deceptive advertising related to animal well-being.”
NPPC says it plans to “analyze the complaint once it becomes public and will vigorously defend against the absolutely false claims made by HSUS....More
During March, the Pork Checkoff’s Operation Main Street (OMS) speakers partnered with the American Association of Swine Veterinarians (AASV). OMS-trained veterinarians presented lectures during a national symposium for pre-veterinary medical students and spoke to four groups of students at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University in Pullman....More
The Sara Lee Corporation has sent a letter to its pork suppliers notifying them of the company’s intent to begin requiring a premises identification (ID) tag in all sows delivered to its Newbern, TN, processing facility effective January 1, 2015.
Sara Lee is the first processor to step up and officially require the tags, which identify animals to the premises of origin in order to facilitate movement tracking if necessary for animal health reasons....More
Iowa pork producers have succeeded in establishing a new milestone as 15,000 Iowa pork producers, employees and others involved in the pork industry have been certified through the Pork Quality Assurance (PQA) Plus program....More
Results of the National Pork Board’s annual producer survey indicate that pork producers are very satisfied with the way things are going in the pork industry. Seventy-six percent say things are generally on the “right track.”
Only 16% said things were on the “wrong track,” with the remaining 8% having no opinion. The right-track number is the highest in the last 10 years and is 12 points above the previous high in 2006....More
The National Pork Board's six producer-led science and technology committees recently met in Dallas, TX, and reviewed research proposals to select projects that the Pork Checkoff would fund in 2012. In all, the groups reviewed more than 100 proposals, ultimately selecting those that would be of greatest benefit to the overall industry....More