Meet the New USFRA Faces: Thomas Titus

John Davis

If you get a chance to talk to one of the newest representatives in the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance’s (USFRA) Faces of Farming and Ranching program, you’ll certainly be taken by more than just Thomas Titus’ impressive height (6’8″!). You’ll hear just how enthusiastic he is to talk about the world of agriculture. “Talking about agriculture was something instilled …

Ag Group, Audio, Corn, Farming, Pork, Swine, USFRA

Industry Reacts to WTO COOL Decision

Cindy Zimmerman

Industry reaction to the World Trade Organization decision against the United States on the Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) law have been coming in steadily since the announcement was made earlier today. National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson says they believe the situation can be handled by USDA. “Under the guidance of USDA, any changes to COOL to ensure …

Audio, Corn, Livestock, NPPC, Pork, Trade

More Bacon Festivals Please

Chuck Zimmerman

There’s a new bacon festival in town, actually Madison, WI. Organizers of the Madison Bacon Festival, a Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival event, have announced that tickets are on sale exclusively online at www.madisonbaconfestival.com. The inaugural event will take place at Alliant Energy Center on Saturday, November 1st offering bacon-lovers an opportunity to explore their sizzling obsessions in a creative and …

Ag Group, Pork

Pork Economic Situation and Outlook

Cindy Zimmerman

The record yields and production predicted for the U.S. corn crop this year have good potential to get even bigger, according to livestock economist Steve Meyer, Paragon Economics. “It just looks very good … we’re looking at a great crop,” said Meyer at the Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica North Carolina Swine Health Seminar last week. “Based on history, the two years …

Animal Agriculture, Animal Health, Audio, Boehringer Ingelheim, Grains, Livestock, Pork

Join the #RealPigFarming Conversation

sara

I sat down with Cindy Cunningham of the National Pork Board and talked with her about the new campaign they’ve launched called #RealPigFarming. The campaign takes place on major social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, and its aim is to educate the general public on the pork industry. “So those real pig farmers – from their barns, from their …

Ag Media Summit, Livestock, Pork, Swine, Twitter

#RealPigFarming

Chuck Zimmerman

Cindy is my model, wearing the #RealPigFarming t-shirt I got from another Cindy at Ag Media Summit. Sara conducted an interview for us which she’ll be sharing soon. I just thought I’d make sure you know about this now. Welcome to the Real Pig Farming Facebook page. This is a place for pig farmers, academics, youth, veterinarians and allied industry …

Ag Group, Ag Media Summit, Pork

NPPC President Elect Arrested at Capitol

Cindy Zimmerman

The president-elected of the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) was arrested at the U.S. Capitol today with a 9-mm Ruger handgun in his bag. Ron Prestage, a veterinarian and part of family-owned Prestage Farms of South Carolina, was charged with carrying a pistol without a license. Reports indicate Prestage has a concealed carry permit in South Carolina but the charge …

Government, NPPC, Pork

How ARC Programs Control Swine Disease

Joanna Schroeder

Dr. Erin Johnson, DVM, technical manager, PRRS Solutions Team explained that the goal of the ARC program, is to voluntarily get a group of producers in an area to work together to better understand and control the spread of disease in their neighborhoods, townships and counties. To make the ARC effective, continued Johnson, the producers must develop processes to provide …

Animal Health, Audio, Boehringer Ingelheim, Pork, Swine, World Pork Expo

PEDV 101 From ISU’s Dr. Phillip Gauger

Joanna Schroeder

The talk of the 2014 World Pork Expo town:  PEDV and the emergence that took the U.S. by storm. According to Dr Phillip Gauger, with Iowa State University, Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, between April 28 – May 4, 2013 they had four separate ISU-VDL submissions – one from Indiana and three from Iowa – from farms with no relationship. He and …

Animal Health, Audio, Boehringer Ingelheim, Pork, Swine, World Pork Expo

Dr. Dane Goede’s PRRS Swine Health Update

Joanna Schroeder

During a media dinner hosted by Boehringer Ingelheim (BIVI), during the 2014 World Pork Expo, attendees had the opportunity to learn a lot about what the industry is coining the 20th anniversary of PRRS (Porcine Reproductive & Respiratory Syndrome). The dinner kicked off with Reid Phillips, DVM PRRS technical brand manager for BIVI who gave the group a quick 20 …

Animal Health, Audio, Boehringer Ingelheim, Pork, Swine, World Pork Expo