Passing of Ag Industry Leader Doug Wolf

Cindy Zimmerman

We were saddened to hear of the sudden passing recently of Wisconsin pork producer and industry leader Doug Wolf, 61. Wolf, who was past chairman of the National Pork Producers Council and served on the board of the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA), was a partner in Wolf L&G Farms LLC, which he ran with his wife Kris and …

Pork, Swine, USFRA

I Am @USFRA – #Pork Producer Doug Wolf

Cindy Zimmerman

Former National Pork Producers Council president Doug Wolf of Wisconsin has been involved in the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) since it started five years ago. “It’s been exciting to see it start as a seedling and develop into what it is today,” says Wolf. “We just wanted to be part of the conversation and tell what’s really happening …

Audio, NPPC, Pork, USFRA

Pork Board Names New CEO

Jamie Johansen

William J. Even, an agriculture-industry leader with substantial senior management experience in crop and livestock production, will join the National Pork Board as its new Chief Executive Officer on June 6, 2016. Currently based in South Dakota, Even is Global Industry Relations Lead with DuPont Pioneer. “As a fourth-generation farmer, I have deep, personal knowledge of the challenges facing today’s …

Ag Group, Company Announcement, Pork, Swine

NPPC Names New World Pork Expo GM

Jamie Johansen

The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) has hired Sheila Warrick as the general manager of World Pork Expo. In her new position, Warrick will be responsible for the oversight and execution of the annual World Pork Expo, being held this year June 8-10, at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa. She will also serve as NPPC’s director of …

Ag Group, Events, NPPC, Pork, Swine, World Pork Expo

Issues Facing Swine Producers in 2016

Chuck Zimmerman

I met Neil Dierks, CEO, National Pork Producers Council, in New Orleans and got to talk with him about issues facing swine producers this year. A big one has to do with food security. He says, “The world is shrinking. Globalization is real which means pathogens can cross borders very rapidly which can raise questions on health in the herds.” …

AASV, Ag Group, Animal Health, Audio, NPPC, Pork, Swine

WTO Announces $1.01 Billion in COOL Retaliation

Jamie Johansen

We anticipated this and now it’s here. The World Trade Organization (WTO) announced $1.01 billion retaliatory tariffs on U.S. goods authorized in the country-of-origin labeling (COOL) with Canada and Mexico. The WTO has upheld multiple times our neighboring country’s claim that the label creates an unfair advantage to U.S. products. U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the Senate Committee …

AFBF, Ag Group, Beef, COOL, NCBA, NFU, NMPF, NPPC, Pork, Trade, WTO

TPP Big Topic for Ag Groups at #NAFB15

Cindy Zimmerman

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is no doubt the biggest issue for ag groups at the National Association of Farm Broadcasting convention in Kansas City this week. Representatives from six national farm groups joined USDA Foreign Agricultural Service Administrator Phil Karsting in Kansas City Wednesday for a press event to discuss the TPP. The event featured farmer leaders from the American …

Audio, Corn, NAFB, NCBA, NCGA, Pork, Soybean, Trade, USDA, Wheat

BIVI Seminar Highlights FAD Preparedness

Cindy Zimmerman

Pork industry preparedness for FAD was the first topic on the schedule at the Boehringer Ingelheim North Carolina swine seminar this year – and no, FAD does not mean the latest social trend. “FADs are foreign animal diseases,” said Dr. Lisa Becton with the National Pork Board. “Those are diseases that currently don’t exist in the United States and diseases …

Animal Health, Audio, Boehringer Ingelheim, Pork, Swine

Huckabee Gets His #Pork On at Iowa State Fair

Joanna Schroeder

Iowa Ag Secretary Bill Northey is encouraging everyone, including presidential candidates, to #GetYourAgOn at the Iowa State Fair. Well Presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee, former governor of Arkansas and 2008 winner of the Iowa Republican Caucuses, is definitely getting his #GetYourAgOn with his love of pork. He kicked off his Des Moines Register Presidential Soapbox speech saying, “Porkchop on a stick. …

Agribusiness, Audio, Biodiesel, Ethanol, Fairs, politics, Pork, Renewable Energy