Alumbaugh: Collaborate to improve

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Editor's Note: The following feature was published in the September/October issue of PorkNetwork. Click here to view it and other features from the issue. Collaboration is changing business models as we know them, and enhancing the way American businesses operate. Organizations of all sizes and types can adopt collaborative cultures to create unprecedented value. “If you need any further proof that… the collaboration age is now in full swing, bitter rivals Apple Inc. and IBM have announced that they are going to be collaborating to create approximately 100 business apps for the iPhone and iPad,”... View Blog Post »

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Alumbaugh: Two great pork industry finalists

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The pork industry is lucky to have two outstanding young farmers who want to be among the next “Faces of Farming and Ranching,” a contest sponsored by the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance. We have told you about Erin Brenneman, who is a regular contributor to PorkNetwork. We recently learned that another young pork producer, Thomas Titus, also is being considered as one of the new Faces of Farming. Over the last 52 years, Thomas’s 240-acre Illinois farmstead has grown to support four families, three full-time employee families, two part-time employees and is cultivating the sixth generation to join the family farm.... View Blog Post »

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Alumbaugh: Future numbers to be determined by PEDv

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The third quarter USDA Hogs and Pigs Report was considered bearish by the economists who participated in the National Pork Board’s teleconference last Friday. The estimates were higher than expected, but that scenario could change quickly, depending on what happens this winter with Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv) and its sister, Porcine Delta coronavirus (PDCov). “Across the board, all the numbers came in higher,” says Dr. Ron Plain, professor of agricultural economics, University of Missouri, Columbia, Mo. “This was a very bearish pig report.” Producers Intend to Farrow More Sows “The industry is making money, so one would expect farrowings to increase,” he... View Blog Post »

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Editor's Note: Social media mayhem

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I have been thrust into the modern world of technology. It started several years ago and since then it’s done nothing but escalate. I remember getting our first home computer, and the number of calls I made to somewhat condescending tech people. Admittedly, I’ve come a long way but I’ve had my share of snafus. When I became a proud grandparent for the first time last year, I took lots of photos of my beautiful new granddaughter, and without giving it a second thought, uploaded them to Facebook. Shortly thereafter, my daughter called. Of course, she wanted to be the one... View Blog Post »

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Alumbaugh: Best of Leman

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It wasn’t on the program, but on Monday morning during a general session of the 2014 Allen D. Leman Swine Conference, Guy Leman gave an interesting, entertaining, inspirational talk to attendees. The meeting is held annually in St. Paul, Minn., and is named in honor of Guy’s father, Allen D. Leman. Guy was jogging with his dad in Europe when Al suddenly collapsed. He was only 48 years old when he passed away in 1992; Guy was just 15. Guy shared some humorous recollections of life with his dad, explaining that Al could fall asleep almost anywhere. He’d be “watching” his... View Blog Post »

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Penning Pigs: Dear Matt with HSUS

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Last week, I wrote about a conversation I'd had with an individual who worked for one of the animal rights groups. The original conversation took place a few months ago, when producers were frantically dealing with Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus. The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) had just sent out a news release, the purpose of which was to alarm consumers about feedback - the only method available to producers to protect their herds agains PEDv. The person at HSUS with whom I talked was Matt Prescott. Matt spends a lot of time being "friendly" with people like... View Blog Post »

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Pork industry policy update

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Every morning I sit down at my desk, turn on my computer and wait to see what catastrophe has struck the world. One never knows what it will be but there is almost always something, which makes an editor’s job eternally interesting. On the other hand, personnel at the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) and the National Pork Board (NPB), likely wait with apprehension and consternation, hoping the latest sensationalistic news to hit the web has nothing to do with the pork industry. Rest assured they will spring into action if it does, and are prepared well in advance to meet news-cycle... View Blog Post »

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The human cost of PEDv

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Erin Brenneman sent me a note last night. She had written an article about Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv) breaking on two of their sow farms, and what it was like to go through that experience. Her article is honest, forthright and heartfelt, and I encourage you to read it here. Without being maudlin, Erin shares the day-by-day progression as the disease worked its way through the barn – from the very first sick pigs, to the loss of nearly all the baby pigs for a period of time, to the hopeful light at the end of the tunnel when pigs... View Blog Post »

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Alumbaugh: Join the “zero waste” movement

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A number of people commented on my recent editorial, Everyone is responsible. Thank you for recognizing the importance of this issue and providing links to other organizations that are interested in this cause. One such group is CropMobster, a community exchange initiative that connects those who have food with those who don’t. Its website states, “The main principle is creating daily “Win-Win” solutions in the spirit of sharing. If everyone sticks to that we’ll be good to go!” Another non-profit group is Ample Harvest, which encourages home and community gardeners to donate their surplus fruits and vegetables to food pantries. Even... View Blog Post »

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Alumbaugh: Everyone is responsible

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Editor's note: The following editorial was featured in the July/August issue of PorkNetwork magazine. It’s a tragedy, really. We produce the safest, most abundant food supply in the world, but the Economic Research Service (ERS) estimates that in 2010, 31 percent of food available for consumption at the retail and consumer levels in the United States went uneaten. That percentage represents about 133 billion pounds of food. There are a variety of reasons this unacceptable number exists. It includes food that is not consumed due to moisture loss or cooking shrinkage as well as food loss from mold, pests or inadequate... View Blog Post »

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JoAnn Alumbaugh
JoAnn Alumbaugh | JoAnn Alumbaugh grew up on a diversified farm in Michigan, and has been involved in many different facets of the industry. She joined PorkNetwork as Editor and Brand Champion on January 2013 and is anxious to engage in conversation with producers, educators, consultants and agri-business personnel.


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