National Pork Board

PQA Plus: Ensuring good pork production practices

To ensure that Pork Quality Assurance (PQA) Plus truly reflects what consumers want and what producers are doing, the program is revised every three years. The latest version of the program aims to be more user friendly than ever and will be rolled out at World Pork Expo in 2013. FULL STORY »

Pork Month celebrates producers doing the right thing

October is the month to celebrate pork. Though times have changed and production practices have evolved, October Pork Month is one way in which history and tradition have lived on in the pork industry. FULL STORY »

Producers and workers shouldn’t overlook flu shots

With flu season again upon us, the National Pork Board’s pork checkoff reminds pork producers, farm personnel and others who have contact with pigs to get their seasonal flu vaccination as soon as possible to help protect human and pig health. FULL STORY »

NPB accepts nominations for 2013 Board of Directors

The National Pork Board (NPB) is accepting nominations to fill five, three-year terms. In addition, candidates are being sought for two open seats on the Board's nominating committee to serve two-year terms starting in 2013. FULL STORY »

NPB offers Open House kits for producers

By promoting open house events for swine facilities, producers can demonstrate their commitment to their communities while displaying the economic impact and value of a pork production operation. FULL STORY »

National Pork Board Responds to HSUS Lawsuit

"I find it unusual that the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is filing suit now over a decision that was made and approved more than six years ago," said Chris Novak, National Pork Board chief executive officer said, regarding a lawsuit citing USDA and the U.S. secretary of agriculture. FULL STORY »

HSUS files suit against USDA; Targets NPPC funding

Ratcheting up its pressure on the U.S. pork sector, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) filed a lawsuit on Monday against USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack. HSUS is specifically targeting the transfer of and payment for the advertising slogan “Pork. The Other White Meat” from the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) to the National Pork Board (NPB) as an “unlawful” act. FULL STORY »

Pork Checkoff offers employee management webinars

The National Pork Board (NPB) is offering six free webinars this fall to help pork producers meet the challenges of managing human resources. The webinars will help managers discover new methods, tips and tools for working efficiently with employees. FULL STORY »

PQA Plus advisor training in Mankato Oct. 18

A Pork Quality Assurance (PQA) Plus Training session for first-time advisors is scheduled for Oct. 18 in Mankato, Minn. The role of the PQA Plus Advisor is to present the program's educational component to individuals who need certification and to do site assessments. FULL STORY »

NAHMS Swine 2012 Study enters phase II

USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) has completed phase I of the National Animal Health Monitoring System (NAHMS) focused on swine. It is now entering phase II, and organizers need pork producers’ help. FULL STORY »

More H3N2 influenza cases surface

As of the end of last week 159 people in nine states had been identified with H3N2 influenza virus infections this year. Most of the recent cases have occurred after contact with pigs at county or state fairs. FULL STORY »

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