The United Soybean Board has approved soybean checkoff funding for the development and distribution of the National Swine Nutrition Guide by the U.S. Pork Center of Excellence.

The National Swine Nutrition Guide is an education and extension effort that will provide science-based feeding and nutrition information to U.S. pork producers and the industry. This effort is a partnership between the U.S. Pork Center of Excellence, USB and several land-grant universities including: Purdue University, Kansas State University, University of Nebraska, University of Missouri, University of Illinois, North Carolina State University, University of Minnesota and Iowa State.

The two-year funding commitment from the soybean checkoff allows for development of feed formulation software, publication and distribution of the National Swine Nutrition Guide, development of training materials to educate producers on the use of the guide and four regional conferences to be held throughout the U.S. in 2010. The funding of this project will begin on Jan. 1.

“Nutritional efficiency is important in today’s pork industry,” said Leon Sheets, a USPCE board member and pork producer from Iowa. “The National Swine Nutrition Guide will provide pork producers across the United States with updated tools and information to provide the best nutrition for their animals that will eventually help to feed the world.”

The two-year funding commitment from the soybean checkoff allows for development of feed formulation software, publication and distribution of the Guide, development of training materials to educate producers on the use of the guide and four regional conferences to be held throughout the U.S. in 2010.

“Supporting our number one customer, the livestock industry, continues to be a primary focus for the United Soybean Board,” said Laura Foell, USB director. “We are pleased to be able to work with the U.S. Pork Center of Excellence and help fund the development of the nutrition guide for the benefit of pork producers, the second largest user of soybean meal.”

“The National Swine Nutrition Guide will be an effective education and extension tool for the U.S. Pork industry,” said USPCE executive director David Meisinger. “The USPCE is very proud to have been awarded this funding by the soybean checkoff which will aid in our efforts to educate the pork industry.”