3rd Annual Ozark Bacon Festival

Kelly Marshall

The 3rd annual Ozark Bacon Fest– a tribute to Bacon, Bourbon & Beer will be held Saturday, October 10, 2015 at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds E-Plex.  Guests can experience the Ozark’s best chefs’ creative bacon snacks, shop for bacon and bacon inspired products, and view displays from National brands.  Mixologists and brewers will supply bacon-inspired cocktails, beer and wine.  The …

Agribusiness, Agritourism, Events, Food, Pork, Swine

Our Barn Door is Open

Joanna Schroeder

“If we don’t tell our farmer story then someone else will,” said Erin Brennemen, Iowa pork producer during the panel discussion “Our Barn Door is Open,” that took place during the 2015 World Pork Expo (#WPX15). The #RealPigFarming panel was hosted by the National Pork Board (NPB) and moderated by outgoing vice president Brad Greenway, a South Dakota pork producer. …

Agribusiness, Agriculture Education, Pork, Swine, Video, World Pork Expo

Branstad, Vetter Keynote #WPX15 Luncheon

Joanna Schroeder

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad along with Iowa Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds spent some time at the Iowa Fairgrounds during World Pork Expo 2015 held is Des Moines, Iowa. While onsite, they spoke to dozens of Iowa pork producers as well as address a crowd during the SIP luncheon hosted by the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC). Branstad noted that Iowa …

Agribusiness, Audio, Boehringer Ingelheim, Pork, Swine, Trade, World Pork Expo

Pork Addresses Key Industry Issues

Jamie Johansen

This morning on day two of the 2015 World Pork Expo the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) hosted another press conference to address three issues impacting pork producers, swine businesses and organizations and the consumer. Dr. Howard Hill, NPPC past president, began the morning discussing the 2015 Dietary Guidelines that were released in February. He noted the committee did not …

Ag Group, Audio, Food, NPPC, Pork, Swine, Water, World Pork Expo

BIVI Talks Pig Protection at #WPX15

Jamie Johansen

The industry’s first commercially available quantitative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test for Lawsonia (ileitis) has been developed by Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. (BIVI) Health Management Center and will become available for testing July 1, 2015. The new test provides producers with bacterial concentration levels, unlike the similar qualitative PCR testing which simply detects for the presence of Lawsonia. BIVI’s announcement …

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

World Pork Kicks Off with Positive Forecast

Joanna Schroeder

World Pork Expo kicked off this morning in rainy conditions but the weather is not hampering the estimated 20,000 attendees coming through the gates this week for the largest international trade show dedicated to all things pigs. With more than 400 exhibitors plus dozens of educational events, this year is sure to be a winner. The National Pork Producers Council …

Agribusiness, Audio, NPPC, Pork, Swine, Trade, World Pork Expo

Pig Farmer of the Year Award

Jamie Johansen

Outstanding pork producers have one thing in common: they cultivate customer trust every step of the way. The Pork Checkoff’s new America’s Pig Farmer of the Year award program will honor the U.S. pork producer who best excels at raising pigs using the We Care ethical principles and wants to share this with consumers. “The public is the main audience, …

Ag Group, Animal Health, Award, Pork, Swine

Vet Training, Education & Leadership

Jamie Johansen

A look into veterinary training, education and leadership development was another topic discussed at the recent Boehringer Ingelheim Swine Health Seminar held in Orlando, FL. Dr. Jim Lowe, Lowe Consulting, headlined that conversation as he shared insights into making the animal health profession stronger for the future. “I really need to credit my co-authors on this, Dr. Aldridge and Dr. …

Agribusiness, Animal Health, Audio, Boehringer Ingelheim, Swine

Doing What is Right for the Pig

Jamie Johansen

Animal welfare continues to be at the forefront of discussion throughout the swine community. And Dr. Angela Baysinger’s talk at Boehringer Ingleheim’s Swine Health Seminar hit on just that. Pig welfare and doing what is right for the pig centered discussion on crates and pain mitigation in castration and tail docking. I had a chance to speak with Dr. Baysinger …

Agribusiness, Animal Health, Audio, Boehringer Ingelheim, Swine