(Lenexa, KS) -- Jim Carlton, editor of Swine Practitioner, will retire after nearly 14 years with the publication. Since taking over in 1992 as only the second editor, Carlton and his editorial content have evolved with the industry to provide the latest news and trends to experts of the trade. 

“It was enjoyable and challenging editing a magazine targeted at the dynamic and constantly changing pork industry and the veterinarians involved,” Carlton said. 

With a BS in Journalism from California State University at Fresno, Carlton has been involved in the journalism industry for more than 32 years. He plans to take a few weeks off before pursuing other interests in his retirement. 

Along with Carlton’s retirement comes the final issue of Swine Practitioner, the July-August installment. Food360º, a division of Vance Publishing Corp., will introduce a new publication to take its place that will better meet the managerial demands of current and future veterinarians and consultants in the swine industry. Cliff Becker, vice president and publishing director of food360º, said the move comes as a result of the shifting roles and responsibilities of veterinarians and consultants in the last few years. 

“The evolution of veterinarians and consultants and related responsibilities has put new demands on these professionals and the information sources on which they rely,” Becker said. “The last issue of Swine Practitioner will lead to new vehicles as we commit to providing unique and specialized information resources catering to this new structure in pork production.”

A supplement to Pork magazine, Swine Practitioner is a publication specific to swine veterinarians, providing information and insight about educational trends and future challenges in the industry. 

Food360º, based in Lenexa, Kan., was formed in January 2005 by combining three divisions (Produce Division, Crops Division and Livestock Division) to bring a full-chain view to the food industry from production agriculture through retailers and foodservice.

Since its founding in 1937, Vance Publishing has been a recognized leader in business information and communications. Vance serves select business-to-business markets with 24 magazines, a host of newsletters, Web offerings, economic advisory services, event management, proprietary research and analysis, and data and custom media products.