JoAnn Alumbaugh

Sad news: “Swino” dies in car accident

On a sad, albeit lighter note, we regret informing readers that the Australian beer-drinking boar we reported on recently was hit by a vehicle and died from the injuries he sustained. FULL STORY »

Sierra Club files complaint against Seaboard Food

The Kansas chapter of the Sierra Club filed a complaint against Seaboard Food Inc., for not meeting the standard set by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, even though KDHE granted an exception. FULL STORY »

American Royal promotes fun and education

The Royal Scholars program is designed to provide an opportunity for outstanding college students to advocate for the food and fiber industry and the American Royal. Five $2,500 scholarships were awarded this year. FULL STORY »

Sorry PETA, no violations here

A former hog-farm employee who was fired for misconduct teamed up with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals to file a formal complaint. An investigation concluded no violations had occurred. FULL STORY »

Cheese sculpture spotlighted in Iowa

Promotion of animal protein is important and here’s a great example of how a supermarket promoted a product during its grand opening in Waukee, Iowa. Although it’s about cheese, not pork, it shows how industries can showcase their respective products. FULL STORY »

Generational differences not as distinct as you might think Play video

In the past, managers used “generational differences” to categorize workers, but in reality, this is not a good gauge of the needs and desires of your workforce, says Tim Glowa, associate partner at AON Hewitt. He was a speaker at the HR Roundtable, sponsored by AgCareers.com and held in Des Moines, Iowa. In this video, he shares some of his research results with JoAnn Alumbaugh, editor of PorkNetwork. FULL STORY »

Retain top employees: Listen to what they want Play video

Richard Kantor, partner with AON Hewitt, spoke at the recent HR Roundtable, sponsored by AgCareers.com. Kantor is a specialist in talent and rewards. In this video with JoAnn Alumbaugh, editor of PorkNetwork, he discusses some of the key factors managers should consider as they develop a talent rewards program in their respective organizations. FULL STORY »

Huge card at Iowa State Fair thanks farmers

Visitors to the 2013 Iowa State Fair can sign a huge card to thank farmers for all they do in feeding the world. The fair, which is one of the largest in the nation, runs from August 8-18 in Des Moines, Iowa. FULL STORY »

“Easy chicken” gets plucked at Panera

According to Panera Bread, farmers who use antibiotics are lazy and those who don't are "working harder." The ag industry is helping them rethink their decision. FULL STORY »

Update on Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus Play video

This is Dr. Lisa Becton, Director of Swine Health Information at the National Pork Board. In this video, she provides an update on Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDV). She spoke at the recent SwineLink meeting held in Des Moines, Iowa. FULL STORY »

Leadership, health key topics at SwineLink meeting for women Play video

PorkNetwork editor JoAnn Alumbaugh interviews Lara Sheeley, Associate Director of Swine Marketing for Boehringer Ingelheim at the recent SwineLink meeting in Des Moines, Iowa. SwineLink, is a network “for women, by women.” In this video, Lara explains how the program is structured and why BI has placed this effort as a priority. FULL STORY »

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