National Pork Board

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 »

Increased surveillance identifies more H3N2 cases

Health officials in both Indiana and Ohio have reported an increase in diagnosed H3N2 influenza cases within the past week. These cases come on the heels of significantly expanded surveillance, which the officials point to as the reason for the increase. FULL STORY »

Legacy Farms breaks ground on pig production adventure

A bold new direction for the pork industry occurred this week as Legacy Farms officially broke ground on its pork production facilities that will be open to public viewing. The production facilities will be owned and run by Belstra Milling and will be incorporated into the present Fair Oaks Farms dairy operation and education center located in northern Indiana. FULL STORY »

NPB offers new ‘We Care’ posters

New this summer from the National Pork Board’s ‘We Care’ initiative is a series of six, laminated, full-color posters that emphasize the cornerstones of the program. The posters are ideal for displaying in barns, work areas or lunchrooms. FULL STORY »

NPB responds to Mercy for Animals video

The National Pork Board (NPB) disagrees with the portrayal of pork production shown in a video produced by Mercy for Animals and released on Wednesday. An independent panel of scientists and ethicists who reviewed the video concluded there were no signs of animal abuse or neglect. FULL STORY »

Gestation crate pressure builds; Costco buckles

The pork sector was abuzz late on Tuesday with hints of a Mercy for Animals (MFA) undercover video focusing on pork production, along with a campaign to pressure two major retailers to abandon pork suppliers that could be traced back to gestation-sow stalls. FULL STORY »

PQA Plus advisor training offered Aug. 23

The Iowa Pork Industry Center (IPIC) at Iowa State University (ISU) will hold training Aug. 23 for those wishing to become certified Pork Quality Assurance Plus advisors. FULL STORY »

HSUS to sue six pork production companies

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) reports that it intends to sue a range of pork production companies, citing “unreported releases of hazardous pollutant ammonia” as the impetus for the legal action. However, peppered within its own news release are multiple references to gestation-sow stalls, adding a new dimension to its tactics against the housing system. FULL STORY »

NPB's 2013 plan and budget process moves forward

The National Pork Board (NPB) will meet on Tuesday, July 10, in the Wisconsin Dells to start laying the groundwork for its 2013 plan and budget. NPB is responsible for the distribution of the National Pork Checkoff funds. FULL STORY »

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