JoAnn Alumbaugh

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 »

Student involvement in agriculture is pivotal Play video

Thad Simons, CEO of Novus Int’l, discusses the goals of the International Food and Agriculture Marketing Association (IFAMA) in this video. As the newly elected president of IFAMA, Simons sees the benefits of bringing together students, agribusiness personnel and academia who are passionate about feeding the world in the future. FULL STORY »

American students immerse themselves in Scotland

American college students get a taste of Scottish life by interning in Scotland for the summer. Two are gathering perceptions on animal welfare and genetically modified organisms as part of research projects. FULL STORY »

World Pork Expo: PEDV Play video

Dr. Lisa Ferguson, with the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) spoke at the 2013 World Pork Expo during a panel discussion on porcine epidemic diarrhea virus. FULL STORY »

Retail Council of Canada members support Canadian Pork Council

Members of the Retail Council of Canada grocery members, including Co-op Atlantic, Canada Safeway, Costco Wholesale Canada and Walmart Canada Corp, among others, have developed a “voluntary commitment” related to sow housing. FULL STORY »

Eight is enough


Elanco expands commitment to China

Elanco Animal Health will invest approximately $100 million to purchase a minority equity stake in China Animal Healthcare Ltd., one of the leading players in the animal health industry in China. FULL STORY »

Economists predict better margins for pork producers

The National Pork Board hosted a teleconference Thursday afternoon with economists, following release of USDA’s first-quarter Hogs and Pigs report. Continued losses are predicted for now, but margins will likely improve going forward into the second, third and fourth quarters of 2013. FULL STORY »

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