National Pork Board

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 »

PQA Plus and TQA certification training for Minn. producers

Minnesota Pork Board offers training sessions for pork producers and livestock transporters to earn certifications for Pork Quality Assurance Plus (PQA Plus) and Transport Quality Assurance (TQA) at free sessions in July and August. FULL STORY »

NPPC, ag groups defend checkoff programs

Agricultural groups including the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC), have sent a letter to leaders of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry defending the checkoff programs and urging leaders to oppose an amendment that would make checkoff programs voluntary. FULL STORY »

USFRA takes Food Dialogues to L.A.

The U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) will head to California on June 20-21, with its Food Dialogues event entitled, “Lights, Camera, Food: Perceptions and Realities of Farming and Ranching in America.” FULL STORY »

NPB elects new officers

In a meeting Tuesday preceding the opening of the World Pork Expo, the National Pork Board (NPB) elected new officers for 2012/2013. Conley Nelson, Algona, Iowa pork producer, was named NPB president for the 2012-2013 term. FULL STORY »

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