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October Pork Export Value Highest of 2013
Pork exports in October were the largest of the year on a value basis at $539.9 million, and second-largest in volume at 186,637 metric tons, but still declined 11 and 14 percent, respectively, from last October’s all-time single-month highs for both volume and value. Both the ASEAN and the Central and South America region recorded double-digit increases, as they have all year, but other key markets trailed 2012’s historic highs.
“The ebbs and flows of export markets require us to make continual adjustments,” said Philip Seng, USMEF president and CEO. “For example, Japan remains the United States’ top value market for pork exports, but relentless competition from other international suppliers is making it tougher for us to maintain our market share."
Seng also noted while the U.S. Congress continues to debate budget cuts that could affect spending on programs like the Market Access Program (MAP) and Foreign Market Development (FMD) program that support U.S. agricultural exports, the European Commission has proposed more than tripling its spending to support EU agricultural and agri-food sector products.
“There is no question that exports create jobs and support a positive balance of trade,” said Seng. “The European Commission sees that link and is looking to put significantly more resources into their export initiative, so we can expect to face even heavier competition in the top value markets going forward.”
Top pork markets
Mexico, the leading volume market for U.S. pork, dipped 2 percent in volume during October (55,152 metric tons) while the value increased 5.6 percent to $114.6 million. Through the first 10 months of the year, export volume to Mexico (501,979 metric tons) was steady with last year’s record pace and export value ($964.4 million) was 4 percent higher.
October sales to the top value market, Japan, slipped nearly 8 percent in value ($173.5 million) on 15 percent lower volume (38,322 metric tons). For January through October, exports were down 9 percent in volume (356,032 metric tons) and 6 percent in value ($1.58 billion).
U.S. pork export value in October averaged $51.79 per head, down 7 percent from last year. Exports accounted for 20 percent of pork muscle cuts and nearly 24 percent of total pork production, compared to 23 and 27.4 percent last year.
Other key pork export results in October were:
Original release on December 6 by www.usmef.org
Establish a Line of Separation: Help Control the Spread of PEDV and Other Swine Diseases
To stay up to date on the latest reports, tips and information regarding ongoing Checkoff-funded PEDV research and resources, visit pork.org/pedv
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European Commission Proposes Tripling Spending to Support Ag Exports
While the U.S. Congress continues to debate budget cuts, the European Commission has proposed more than tripling its spending in the international marketplace to support the export of EU agricultural and agri-food sector products.
"Enjoy, it’s from Europe" is the slogan for the proposed expanded export initiative that “aims to help the sector's professionals break into international markets and make consumers more aware of the efforts made by European farmers to provide quality products, based on a genuine strategy established at European level,” according to EU media reports.
The proposal, which will be submitted to the European Parliament for its review, would boost European aid for agricultural exports progressively from €61 million ($82.5 million) in the 2013 budget to €200 million ($270.5 million) in 2020.
“In a world in which consumers are increasingly aware of the safety, quality and sustainability of food production methods, European farmers and small- or medium-sized enterprises are in a position of strength,” said European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Dacian Ciolos. “The European agricultural and agri-food sector is well-known for the unrivalled quality of its products and its compliance with standards that are unmatched anywhere else in the world. With over €110 billion worth of exports already, this is a formidable asset for boosting growth and employment within the EU.”
“This proposal from the European Commission sends a clear message that I hope our Congress is listening to,” said USMEF Chairman Mark Jagels, a fourth-generation farmer from south-central Nebraska. “With 96 percent of the world’s population living outside our borders, we need to focus our energy and resources on putting U.S. meat and other agricultural products on the world’s tables. If we don’t, our competitors in the EU and around the world will gladly take that business off our hands.”
Jagels noted that the benefits of supporting U.S. agricultural exports are well-documented.
“U.S. agricultural exports, which topped $141 billion in value in FY 12, support nearly 1.2 million American jobs,” said Jagels. “They accounted for a $38.5 billion surplus in the balance of trade for the year – one of the few bright spots in our economy.”
A recent study conducted for USDA reported that the investment of USDA and checkoff funds in USMEF programs over the prior 10 years returned an average of $7.42 in net revenue to the U.S. pork industry and $3.87 to the beef industry per dollar invested.
“Where better can we invest our tax dollars than in supporting agricultural exports that create jobs, bolster an essential industry and put tax revenue back into the government’s coffers,” said Jagels. “We need to take a cue from the European Union and support agricultural exports rather than reducing spending on these essential programs.”
Original release on November 26 by www.usmef.org
Apps for Farmers
Are you a farmer in need of the latest weather, market prices and harvest calendars? There are apps for that! Jackie Buckley from the Morton County Extension Agency joined J.R. and Alyssa on Country Morning Today to show off some of her favorites.
Here are 10 useful smartphone apps for farmers and gardeners:
Target Date- Free (Droid)
Are you calculating how many days until harvest? Target Date is an app that easily calculates the amount of time between two dates. This has many uses on a farm. Users can also choose to ignore weekends and holidays. This app is also useful for estimating livestock births. It’s versatile.
Weather Bug- Free (Droid or iPhone)
Weather Bug is, in my opinion, the best weather application out there. The app looks and functions wonderfully. Users can access live radar, extended forecasts and weather alerts. They can also spy on the weather through more than 2,000 weather cameras located throughout the U.S.. Another useful feature is Weather Bug’s GPS capabilities. It allows the app to share weather news relevant to the user’s current location.
Calendar Pad- Free (Droid)
If Android’s calendar app isn’t robust enough for your needs, download this useful app. Calendar Pad allows users to schedule events, set alerts and search calendars for specific keywords just in case you can’t remember what day that doctors appointment is and you don’t have time to scan through the calendar. Calendar Pad can also put a nifty little widget on your phone that keeps you up-to-date without actually taking the time to open the application.
Real Calc- Free (Droid)
The base calculator that many smart phones come with is hardly better than an abacus. The developers of Real Calc knew that users were looking for something better. Real Calc puts the power of a scientific calculator in your smart phone. The only app better than Real Calc is the paid version, Real Calc Plus. The paid version offers features like a full results history and trig functions.
Soilweb- Free (Droid or iPhone)
Soilweb is a free app that gives GPS-based, real-time access to USDA-NRCS soil survey data. It retrieves summaries of soil types associated with the user’s current location. It’s not perfect, but it gets the job done.
Leafsnap- Free (iPhone)
What happens when you combine the mental strength of Columbia University, the University of Maryland and the Smithsonian Institution? Leafsnap. Leafsnap is an app that uses visual recognition software to help identify plant species from photographs of their leafs. Users simply take a photo of the plant in question and the app does the rest.
DTN/The Progressive Farmer- Free (iPhone)
If you’re looking for an app that does (almost) everything, download DTN/ The Progressive Farmer. This robust app puts weather data, market data, grain prices, ag news and videos in the hands of the users. The only drawback is the app is only available for iPads. The apps shortcomings are forgivable because it’s such a complete and useful experience.
Growing Degree Days- Free (Droid or iPhone)
This app measures the maturity of your crops based on current and past growing data for your farm’s location. Users can access the information by entering a zip code or by simply finding a location on the application’s map.
Mix Tank 2.0- Free (Droid or iPhone)
This app won the AgProfessional magazine’s “Readers” Choice 2011 Top Product of the Year award? and for good reason. Its purpose is simple, help applicators with proper tank mixing. The app includes mixing precautions, weather integration, spray logs and alerts. This app even documents your spraying time. The database includes over 1,100 products from over 17 different manufacturers.
Evernote- Free (Droid or iPhone)
Evernote is one of those apps that completely changes the way you use your phone. The idea is simple: Let users take notes of any kind, anywhere and sync those notes to multiple devices. With a premium account users can upload notes to the cloud and let other users edit the notes with ease. This app is useful in so many different ways, it would be a waste of energy to name every use a farmer or gardener would get from it.
Original release on November 12 by www.kfyrtv.com
Pork producers can renew PQA Plus certification online
Pork Quality Assurance (PQA) Plus is a program developed by the National Pork Board that focuses on food safety and animal well-being. This animal health and care stewardship program for producers and farm employees concentrates on 10 good production practices (GPPs) that should be implemented on all swine farms Updated in June of 2013 this program’s roots are the original PQA Plus Level III program and the SWAP (Swine Welfare Assurance Program) which have been merged into the current PQA Plus program.
An educational component combined with an on-farm site assessment make up the PQA Plus program. First producers/employees/caretakers complete an educational course taught by an advisor to gain PQA + certification. Next they have the opportunity to follow up with an on-farm educational assessment that evaluates the care and well-being of the animals and ensures the farm managers and animal caretakers are following the 10 GPPs of the PQA + program. The PQA + site assessment focuses on evaluating the care given to the animals, facilities provided for the animals and helps operations benchmark their performance. Program advisors and trained producers conduct the on-farm assessment, reviewing and benchmarking the activities that take place on the farm.
New with the release of the 2013 addition of the PQA Plus program is the opportunity for producers to re-certify online for the educational or “classroom” portion of PQA Plus. If producers have a current PQA Plus certification, they may request access to the online system by contacting their local PQA Plus advisor. It is important to note that once an individual’s PQA Plus certification has expired they are no longer eligible for renewal via the online system and will be required to complete a face-to-face session with an advisor.
Original release on November 19 by www.porknetwork.com
You're invited to an Operation Main Street 1.0 Training
Operation Main Street (OMS) has facilitated over 6,700 presentations to key decision-makers and influencers such as youth and classroom education, culinary arts and nutrition classes, citizen groups, dietitians, county commissioners and small animal veterinarians. Since January 2008, OMS presentations have received coverage in print, online, television and radio media outlets resulting in an audience reach of over 31 million. The speakers are farmers, veterinarians, industry experts, mothers and fathers who are passionate about agriculture, rural America and raising healthy and nutritious food.
OMS Serves Three Roles
1. familiarizes you with conversation techniques to connect with customers/consumers
2. provides a media training and messaging strategy short course
3. facilitates grass-roots speaking opportunities in Kansas.
When: January 13-14, 2013
Where: Manhattan, Kansas
How do I apply?
Training will be available to only 18 participants. To apply for the program, please contact the KPA office at 785-776-0442.
To learn more about OMS
Visit them at: http://www.pork.org/Programs/46/OMS.aspxor
Find them on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/OMS.Speakers
The Operation Main Street Speakers Bureau is funded by the National Pork Board. The National Pork Board has responsibility for Checkoff-funded research, promotion and consumer information projects and for communicating with pork producers and the public.
What are people saying about OMS speakers?
“I was very impressed how conscious the speaker is of the nutritional value and environmentally involved he is with pork production. ” - Terry, From Association of Nutrition & Foodservice Professionals
“I thought pigs were treated poorly, but they are very well taken care of.” - Nic, From a high school culinary arts class
“Changed how I view animal welfare opinions and animal welfare in pig farms.”
- Jim, From a state pre–veterinary medical association
Growth in Global Agricultural Productivity: An Update
Over the past 50 years, productivity growth in agriculture has enabled farmers to produce a greater abundance of food at lower real prices. Lower prices, plus rising incomes, have allowed consumers to spend a smaller share of their disposable income on food purchases. In fact, improving agricultural productivity has helped the world avoid a recurring Malthusian crisis—where the needs of a growing population outstrip the ability of humanity to supply food (see “New Evidence Points to Robust But Uneven Productivity Growth in Global Agriculture" in the September 2012 issue of Amber Waves).
A broad measure of agricultural productivity performance is total factor productivity (TFP). Unlike other commonly used productivity indicators like yield per acre (land productivity) or output per worker (labor productivity), TFP takes into account a much broader set of the inputs used in agricultural production. TFP compares all of the land, labor, capital, and material resources employed in agriculture to the sector’s total crop and livestock output. If total output is growing faster than total input use, then total factor productivity (“factor” = input) is improving. Because fewer inputs are needed to produce each unit of output, costs are held down and, possibly, some of the environmental impacts of agriculture are avoided.
ERS recently updated its global agricultural productivity estimates through 2010, the latest year for which comprehensive statistics on global agricultural inputs and outputs are available. This update also accounts for revised estimates of earlier years’ agricultural inputs and outputs from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. ERS agricultural TFP indexes are available annually for every country of the world and for major global regions since 1961.
Over the past five decades, global agricultural output grew, on average, by 2.24 percent per year. This average, however, masks a slowdown in agricultural output growth in the 1970s and 1980s, after which it re-accelerated in the 1990s and 2000s. In the latest decade (2001-10), global output of total crop and livestock commodities expanded by 2.50 percent per year.
Over this 50-year timespan, the primary source of global agricultural growth changed from input-based (growth due to bringing new land into production or by intensifying the use of other inputs—labor, capital, and materials—per acre of land) to mainly TFP-based (growth due to getting more output from existing inputs). In the decades prior to 1990, most output growth came from input intensification, that is, using more labor, capital, and material inputs per acre of agricultural land. Over the last two decades, however, the rate of input intensification slowed significantly. The rate of expansion of land in global agricultural has also gradually slowed. What has enabled agricultural output to continue to grow despite this slowdown in the growth of agricultural inputs is rising TFP—getting more output from existing resources. In the most recent decade (2001-10), improvements in TFP accounted for more than three-quarters of the total growth in agricultural output worldwide.
ERS estimates suggest that the acceleration of global TFP growth in recent decades is largely due to better performance in developing countries and the transition economies of the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. Long-term investments in agricultural research and policy and institutional reforms have enabled many developing and transition countries to improve their agricultural productivity. However, a large number of countries, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa, have yet to join the “growth club”: their rates of agricultural TFP growth remain significantly below the global average. Interestingly, in developed countries, total inputs employed in agriculture are falling even as output continues to rise. The improvement in productivity has been high enough to offset the decline in input use so that output has continued to grow.
ERS data also show that within these broad developed, transitional, and developing economy groupings, productivity varies widely among countries. For example, while recent productivity growth in East and South Asia has been impressive (particularly in China and Indonesia), TFP growth has been lethargic in some other parts of Asia. Sub-Saharan Africa faces perhaps the biggest challenge in achieving sustained, long-term productivity growth in agriculture. Over the last decade, the region averaged around 1 percent TFP growth annually yet is projected to have the world's highest population growth rates in coming decades. While a few African countries have raised their agricultural TFP growth to over 2 percent per year, some that appear to be experiencing rapid TFP growth (like Angola) are simply recovering from earlier decades when their agricultural sectors suffered from the effects of war.
Original release on November 18 by www.ers.usda.gov
Chinese Holiday Season Brims with Visions of Pork
The holiday season is approaching in China, and shoppers and retailers alike are brimming with visions of pork – and, increasingly, of U.S. pork.
“As the January lunar New Year approaches and the seasonal winter meat consumption period gets underway, USMEF's efforts to raise the visibility of U.S. pork and its quality, safety and value are moving into high gear,” said Joel Haggard, USMEF’s senior vice president over the Asia-Pacific region.
Pork and overall meat consumption in China increases in the holiday period from late October through the end of January. With China’s annual pork consumption estimated by USDA at more than 50 million metric tons (more than 110 billion pounds), the upcoming holiday period is circled on the calendars of U.S. pork exporters.
The retail footprint of U.S. pork in China has expanded since the first sliced bone-in butt portion-control steak products were introduced at select Shanghai retail stores this summer. Several U.S. pork items are now available at major retail chains, including METRO Cash & Carry, RT Mart, Sam’s Club and Auchan Supermarkets.
In mid-November, U.S. pork was front and center at China’s flagship Food and Hotel China (FHC) exhibition in Shanghai, where four U.S. pork brands were prominently sampled and featured in front of thousands of industry visitors ranging from retailers and restaurant chains to wholesale distributors from third- and fourth-tier Chinese cities. Funding for the exhibition was provided through the Pork Checkoff and the USDA Market Access Program (MAP).
“We expanded our presence at FHC this year in recognition of U.S. pork’s growing retail presence, and the desire of importers and distributors to highlight American pork’s attributes vis-à-vis that of the competition,” said Ming Liang, USMEF’s marketing director for China.
At FHC, USMEF sampled and gathered comments and opinions on a winter-specific retail product, thinly sliced pork butt for seasonal hot pot. Although beef and lamb are traditional hot pot favorites, sliced pork usage is expected to increase.
“This item has potential because we can feature it at lower prices than popular sliced domestic and Oceanic lamb, which have skyrocketed in price,” said Ming.
Explosive growth in online marketing
USMEF also is investing in online marketing of U.S. pork in China. With an 80 percent annual growth in online merchandise sales over the past five years, China is the fastest growing e-commerce market in the world.
USMEF sponsored a working lunch in November about the e-commerce market for food in China that featured China e-commerce platform leader TMall.Com General Manager Ma Xue Jun, who related stories of TMall.com’s record-breaking Single’s Day sales on Nov. 11.
Original release on November 22 by www.usmef.org
New Pork Task Force to Develop 2020 Plan
Kicking off in 2014, planning effort will examine customer needs for sustainable nutrition
The National Pork Board has named a new task force that will examine consumer needs, animal care, sustainable pork production and other current challenges facing the industry to define a future vision of the Pork Checkoff and, on a larger scale, the entire pork industry.
Beginning December 2013 the yearlong planning process will review research, market data and opinions of industry leaders to set a strategic vision that will carry the organization from 2015 through 2020. The primary goal is to assess the Pork Checkoff's role in an ever-changing world and set the priorities that can help pork producers better meet customer needs.
The current five-year strategic plan was unveiled in 2009 and will be complete next year. Through that process, the Pork Checkoff defined three critical issues, including: protecting a producer's freedom to operate, enhancing U.S. and international consumer demand for pork and making U.S. pork producers more competitive in the global marketplace.
To Pork Checkoff Chief Executive Officer Chris Novak, it comes down to asking the industry's key players a simple question - what if? - and then charting a course that can help pork farmers achieve the opportunities that single question may identify.
"In the hands of pork producers who have a vision for how we can better serve consumers, 'what if?' is an incredibly powerful tool to explore what we can attain as an industry," Novak said. "The last time we asked that question, we articulated an industry vision to become more responsible, sustainable, professional and profitable. We've made great progress these past four years, but we know we can achieve more through a focused planning effort that unites producers, processors and customers.
"Today, the agricultural industry faces many challenges that will define our next five years - and that is especially true for the pork industry. So it is very fitting that we begin our journey now to chart our vision through 2020 - collecting new thoughts, while improving upon what we have accomplished in the last five years," Novak said.
For the first time, the planning process will bring together pork producers, animal health experts, packers, processors and food distributors, and foodservice and retail experts. By involving key leaders from both pork production and its allied industries, the National Pork Board expects diverse opinions to inform its deliberations.
"Only through sharing information with each other and truly looking at our industry through the eyes of its key partners can we fully assess the challenges and opportunities that are ahead," Novak said. "For me, strategic planning comes down to analyzing three fundamental questions - Where are we today? Where do we want to be? How do we get there together?
"For example, we need to further our commitment to transparency and make all consumers aware of the ethical principles that guide our actions and business. We are committed to responsible and ethical animal agriculture that extends from animal care to environmental stewardship to food and worker safety programs, But what if - and how can - we improve? Together we will take that input and turn it into a plan of action."
The process will use a variety of tools to engage stakeholders in the planning process, including providing an opportunity for each of the more than 60,000 U.S. pork producers to participate by answering surveys and submitting opinions. The task force will collect valuable information from farmers, customers and supply chain partners. To facilitate a dialogue on the future of the pork industry, pork producers can email comments to - WhatIfemail@example.com - on how the Pork Checkoff can best strengthen tomorrow's industry.
The participants in the National Pork Board's strategic planning task force include:
• Board president Karen Richter and board vice president Dale Norton
• Board members Jan Archer and Glen Walters
• Roy Lee Lindsey, executive director, Oklahoma Pork Council
• Randy Spronk, president, National Pork Producers Council
• Dr. Jay Akridge, dean of agriculture, Purdue University
• Pork producers Robert Dykhuis, James Heimerl, and Dr. Craig Rowles, DVM
• Rich Gallant, vice president, Cargill Meat Solutions
• Joe Jordon, vice president, Domino's Pizza
• Joe Swedberg, vice president, Hormel Foods
• Leann Saunders, president, Where Food Comes From, Inc.
• Rick Parker, director, JBS USA
• Michael Skahill, vice president, Smithfield Foods
Original release on November 21 by www.pork.org
Professional Swine Manager Education Program
Know anyone ready to take the next steps up the career ladder? The Pork Checkoff has created the new Professional Swine Manager (PSM) education program to help jump-start the process. This comprehensive work-study program focusing on modern pork production will help prepare you to manage a sow farm, grow-finish units or departments within each type of production system. Courses emphasize the science and knowledge that will position you for promotions and allow you to make better decisions as a production manager.
To learn more about becoming a professional swine manager, go to www.pork.org/PSM.
Please direct any questions to the Pork Checkoff Service Center at
(800) 456-7675 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Original release on November 21 by www.pork.org
U.S. Pork Eligible for Export to Cambodia
USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) updated its export library in October to include meat and meat products from swine as eligible for export to Cambodia. NPPC identified Cambodia as a potential market for growth and urged that the United States be given access. Prior to Cambodia’s recognition of the FSIS export certificate, many major importers were hesitant to purchase U.S. meat products. Cambodia’s acceptance of the FSIS certificate without any conditions is a victory for U.S. pork producers, with that country agreeing to recognize a systems-based approach to inspection and certification. The acceptance is recognition of the high standard of herd health and level of food safety of U.S. pork and pork products. NPPC strongly urges all countries to accept all USDA federally inspected plants as eligible to export and to adopt a system-based approach to food inspection and certification.
Original release on November 15 by www.nppc.org
K-State Hosts Another Successful Swine Day
Producers, veterinarians and industry members joined students and faculty at the KSU Alumni Center in Manhattan on Thursday, November 21st for the 2013 Swine Industry Day. Each year this event brings those with various roles throughout the industry together for discussion and learning. Your association participated in the Technology Trade Show held throughout the course of the day, featuring multiple producer education take home resources, 2013 consumer program materials and farmer videos, and a drawing giveaway for a new Traeger grill. KPA is proud to be a sponsor of this event.
How Pork Loin Saves You Money
Not only is pork loin one of the healthiest cuts of pork you can purchase, it is also fabulous for saving you money. Pork loin is a large cut of meat that will weigh between 5-10 pounds and should not be confused with a pork tenderloin, which will weigh approximately 1 pound.
This cut is the perfect size for a family. Instead of paying a separate, and sometimes higher, price for different cuts of meat, you can save your budget by purchasing in bulk. Purchasing the whole loin can save you between $.50 and $2 per pound and can be prepared in a variety of ways.
Not sure you want to slice and dice the loin yourself? Don't. Most grocery stores or butchers will cut the meat however you like it, for no extra cost. Print the diagram below and bring it along when purchasing your loin. Hand this diagram to your butcher and ask him to create these cuts for you.
Here are a few of our favorite recipes that you can create from one pork loin, and slice your meat-buying budget down a size too. Each numbered cut is coordinated with a recipe below.
1. and 2. Cubed/Strips/Slices
These can go a long way when put in casseroles, grilled on a kabob or even breaded and fried. All are typically cut from the loin area but may be cut from virtually any other pork cut. While cubes and strips are often the basis for kabobs which can be sautéed or grilled, these cuts can be used in a slow cooker to create the recipe above: Slow Cooked Thia Pork with Peanut Sauce. Cooking times vary depending on the size of the pieces.
3. Country Style Ribs
Country style ribs can come bone-in or bone-less. Since the loin above is boneless, we have used this recipe for fantastic, oven-ready Comfort Country Style Ribs. The perfect meal for a busy weeknight.These ribs are meaty, tender and are found at the "small" end of the loin, opposite of the sirloin roast. While they may be a bit harder to eat with your fingers, they are perfect for eating with a fork and knife.
4. Loin Chops
Pork chops are the most popular cut from the pork loin. Depending on where they originate, pork chops can be found under a variety of names, including loin, rib, sirloin, top loin and blade chops. The loin chops in the diagrham above, are cut from the center of the loin, making them a top loin chop. One of the benefits of purchasing the whole loin is that you can cut the loin chop exactly how you like it. Do you like a thin chop? A thick chop? Or maybe you want to butterfly your own chop? There are a variety of choices that also help you save money! Recipe above: Balsamic Pork Chops
5. Sirloin Roast
The loin roast comes from the area of the pig between the shoulder and the beginning of the leg It is sold either bone-in or deboned. Sirloin roast can be rolled and tied with string-like this recipe forPuerto Rican Shredded Pork. As with the whole loin, the loin roast is sometimes confused with tenderloin. The sirloin can also be cut into chops that will provide a different eating experience than a center loin chop.
For more kitchen tips and pork recipes, visit eatpork.org.
Original post by eatpork.org
NPPC Meets With Officials in Panama
NPPC Vice President and Counsel for International Affairs Nick Giordano traveled to Panama last week to meet with government officials and private-sector representatives to discuss issues of mutual interest in the trade relationship between Panama and the United States. Giordano’s trip coincided with a pork producer leadership training class sponsored jointly by NPPC and the National Pork Board held in the Central American country. NPPC has worked closely with U.S. and Panamanian officials on the passage and implementation of the U.S.-Panama Trade Promotion Agreement, which took effect last year. Under the agreement, Panama recognized the meat inspection system of the United States as equivalent to its meat inspection system. It also eliminated duties on U.S. pork variety meats and expanded market access for U.S. pork muscle meat through larger tariff rate quotas, which will grow by 6 percent annually until they are phased out after 15 years - U.S. pork exports had been restricted by a small quota and high out-of-quota duties. According to Iowa State University economist Dermot Hayes, the Panama trade agreement will add 20 cents to the price U.S. producers receive for each hog marketed, with pork exports to Panama increasing by about $16 million a year. It also will create more than 200 U.S. pork industry jobs. In related news, NPPC’s Pork Leadership Institute, a diverse group of individuals within the pork industry from across the country, traveled to Panama this week to learn about international trade.
Original release on November 15 by www.nppc.org
Ag Exports Hit Record Levels
USDA reported 140.9 billion in agricultural exports for Fiscal Year 2013 on Wednesday , a record total, topping $137.4 billion in 2011.
The agricultural sector also imported $103.8 billion in goods, which is also a record level. The U.S. showed a positive trade balance of $37 billion.
The numbers reiterate comments made Wednesday by Michael Swanson, agricultural economist and senior vice president at Wells Fargo, at the American Bankers Association annual agricultural bankers conference in Minneapolis.
"We are becoming much more of a global focused export ag economy," Swanson said. He added, "We are going to depend on the global economy."
With exports to Canada and Mexico largely at capacity, attention remains on China, the dominate growth market for U.S. exports in recent years.
Agricultural Secretary Tom Vilsack praises the export figures, saying "2009-2013 stands as the strongest five-year period for agricultural exports in our nation’s history." He reiterated that the country's export success could be at risk if Congress doesn't get a new farm bill done.
"We need to remain focused on keeping up the incredible momentum we’ve seen over the past five years," Vilsack said. "First and foremost, Congress needs to pass a new Food, Farm and Jobs Bill to continue the trade promotion programs that helped American agriculture achieve these results. These trade promotion efforts return $35 in economic benefits for every dollar invested – a great value for producers who gain access to additional market opportunities abroad, as well as rural communities that depend on a solid agriculture sector to create and support jobs."
Original release on November 14 by www.dtnprogressivefarmer.com
Common-sense antibiotic use
Antibiotics are a powerful and important tool in human and animal medicine, and proper use will keep them effective. That was a key message from Terry Dwelle, MD, state health officer of North Dakota, at the National Institute of Animal Agriculture’s antibiotic conference last week in Kansas City.
Dwelle says introduction of antibiotics in the 1940s, coupled with vaccination and improved sanitation, resulted in fewer deaths from infectious diseases. Antibiotics are used to treat and prevent infections in humans and animals, and for production efficiency in food animals.
Dwelle acknowledges that using antibiotics in livestock production can add to the risk of emergence of resistant pathogens. He also, however, voluntarily practices medicine in Sub-Saharan Africa, and has seen the effects of malnutrition first hand. Malnutrition magnifies the effects of infectious diseases, particularly in children, and plays a role in the deaths of half of the 10.9 million deaths of children to infectious disease each year. Production of animal protein is important in battling global malnutrition, and Dwelle says society must balance the risk of using antibiotics in animal agriculture with the need for food.
The emergence and spread of antibiotic resistance is, however, a serious problem, with multiple and complex causative factors. Dwelle says from 30 to 60 percent of antibiotic prescriptions in human medicine are inappropriate, including improper dosing and use of broad-spectrum antibiotics as first-line treatments. Studies also have shown a high rate of antibiotics prescribed for colds and other viral sicknesses, largely due to patients pressuring their physicians to prescribe something when they feel sick. Studies have shown 32 percent of patients believe taking an antibiotic during a cold prevents more serious illness and 48 percent expect to take antibiotics for a cold.
Animal applications, he says, also play a role. There are several documented examples of humans contracting antibiotic-resistant pathogens through contact with animals or animal products. Where a direct link is found, Dwelle says, discontinuing specific animal applications for specific antibiotics can reverse the trend toward resistant pathogens.
Dwelle offers the following suggestions for minimizing the risk of antibiotic-resistant pathogens in livestock production:
Dwelle suggests several tactics for addressing antibiotic resistance across human and veterinary medicine. These include:
Dwelle finished by saying he is personally interested in participating in such a collaborative effort to address the issue.
Original release on November 13 by www.porknetwork.com
U.S. Pork Center of Excellence Launches Web-Based National Swine Reproduction Guide Innovative Tool Designed to Solve issues Surrounding Reproduction Efficiency
The U.S. Pork Center of Excellence (USPCE) launched the National Swine Reproduction Guide, a web-based application offering valuable information to hog producers. This troubleshooting and management guide, built in a user-friendly and intuitive format, contains extensive information and support for pork producers, including more than 1,000 fact sheets and references.
"This guide is designed to help producers identify the source of the reproductive problem they are experiencing and, through research-based fields, provide information directly related to that problem," said Chris Hostetler, animal science director at the National Pork Board.
The National Swine Reproduction Guide is only available as a web application and is easily accessed through personal computers, smart phones and tablets. Its portability makes the guide readily available and convenient for use anywhere.
The guide uses a reproductive decision tree specifically designed in an easy-to-use format and simple navigation. The decision tree begins with three categories: gilts, sows and boars (semen). After selecting a category, a list of potential issues are available from which to choose, such as "low farrowing rate" or "too small of a gilt pool." Once the topic is selected, the decision tree will help narrow the search on the issue through a series of available questions. After choosing the question that best fits the original problem, an answer is provided in the form of a fact sheet with viewable references.
About the U.S. Pork Center of Excellence Established in 2005, the U.S. Pork Center of Excellence is a collaborative public/private partnership providing academic expertise in research, teaching and extension to address the complex issues facing the pork industry. The center is located in the offices of the National Pork Board in Des Moines, Iowa. USPCE partners include governmental agencies, national pork industry associations, 17 state pork producer associations and 24 land-grant universities.
Original release on November 14 by www.porkbeinspired.com
PED-Positive Submissions: Another Jump in Positive Case Count
The total number of swine accessions and diagnostic case submissions testing positive for the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea (PED) virus is now 979, writes Jackie Linden. The rate of increase in positive results continues to rise each week and another state - the 19th - has reported its first case.
By farm class, this figure for the total number of positive laboratory swine accessions/diagnostic case submissions breaks down as follows between the weeks of 15 April and 27 October: suckling, 216 (+23); nursery, 150 (+16); grower/finisher, 325 (+28); sows/boars, 168 (+17) and 117 (+5) unknown. The total is up 85 from the previous week.
Maryland has reported its first positive result in the last week and so the total affected now stands at 19. Those states with 10 or more positive tests are: Iowa, 266; Oklahoma, 211; North Carolina, 176; Kansas, 109; Minnesota, 62; Colorado, 29; Indiana, 28; Pennsylvania, 20; Ohio, 17 and Illinois, 10.
For the week of 20 to 27 October, Iowa leads the "league table" in the number of new positive results, accounting for 33 of the total of 85 new cases, with North Carolina and Oklahoma reporting 17 and 13, respectively. Across all the states, the new positive findings were mainly in the grower/finisher and suckling categories, with most of these new results in Iowa with 14 out of 28 and 10 out of 23 new cases in these two categories, respectively.
In mid-June, the reporting system was adjusted. For the weeks prior to 16 June, laboratories were able to provide diagnostic case submissions as well as the number of premises testing positive for PEDv. Since 16 June, the data refer only to diagnostic cases submissions ('swine accessions').
From the week of 16 June to week of 27 October, the total number of biological (swine) samples testing positive is 2,949, up from 2,620 the previous week (+329). The most-affected states are: North Carolina, 874; Oklahoma, 728; Kansas, 523; Iowa, 331; Minnesota, 145; Colorado, 82; Ohio, 72; Illinois, 51; Pennsylvania, 49 and Indiana, 30. Other states, where positive, reported 20 positives or fewer.
In the most recent week reported (week of 27 October), the following states reported one or more positive results: Iowa (82), Illinois (23), Indiana (1), Kansas (6), Maryland (1), Minnesota (9), North Carolina (127), Iowa (1), Oklahoma (65), Pennsylvania (1), Tennessee (5), Texas (7) and Wisconsin (1).
The total number of environmental samples testing positive for PEDv has been reported weekly since the week of 16 June. The total has reached 582, which is 21 more than the previous week's figure. The totals for each state are as follows (with the increase in brackets: Colorado, 14 (=); Iowa, 44 (+2); Kansas, 74 (+5); Minnesota, 186 (=); Missouri, 1 (=); North Carolina, 20 (=); Ohio, 16 (+5); Oklahoma 171 (+7); Pennsylvania, 4 (+2); South Dakota, 1 (=); Virginia, 2 (=); unknown, 49(=).
These data are collated by USDA APHIS VS NVSL National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN) and cited by the American Association of Swine Veterinarians (AASV) in a report dated 6 November.
Original release on November 12 by theporksite.com
Pork Checkoff Launches Cooking for Comfort Electronic Cookbook
The Pork Checkoff has launched its first ever electronic cookbook, titledCooking for Comfort. This free e-cookbook features time-honored favorites and new twists on classics from James Beard, Award-winning Chef Michelle Bernstein, barbecue expert and author Ray Lampe, and ten leading food bloggers from across the United States.
"Pork plays a part in many of our favorite comfort food dishes - they are nutritious, soothing, savory and delicious," said Karen Richter, National Pork Board president and a producer from Minnesota. "This e-cookbook is the perfect way to celebrate pork and engage our consumers this holiday season."
Perfect for any occasion that calls for a heart-warming meal, and full of delicious ideas that highlight pork,Cooking for Comfortincludes:
• Two recipes from Chef Michelle Bernstein, includingChorizo and Cheese Empanadas with Avocado Crema. Bernstein, who learned how to make empanadas from her mother at the early age of 8, made them her own by adding homemade chorizo.
• A modern pork twist on a classic favorite with Ray Lampe'sPork Noodle Soup.
• Two recipes each from 10 leading food bloggers, like Ali Ebright'sApple Cinnamon Pork Chopsand Jenny Flake'sHam and Cheddar Green Chili Breakfast Sandwiches.
• A selection of comforting favorites from the National Pork Board infused with modern twists, likeBBQ Pork Mac n' Cheese.
"This free cookbook highlights some of the tastiest ways to warm up with pork this winter," said Richter. "We compiled this cookbook to inspire cooks and honor all the ways that pork can be used to create hearty, feel-good dishes."
The first 15,000 people to download Cooking For Comfortin November will receive a $1 coupon for fresh pork, with another 10,000 coupons available starting December 1. Visit www.PorkBeInspired.com for a free download.
Original release on November 12 by pork.org
Sow Packers to Require Premises ID Tags in 2015
Producers Can Learn More at Pork.org/PINtag
In an effort to improve pre-harvest traceability and improve national disease surveillance in the pork industry, many major U.S. packers and processors will require a USDA-approved, official premises identification number (PIN) swine tag as a condition of sale for breeding stock beginning Jan. 1, 2015.
"This is a positive step for our industry as we continue to create a more robust surveillance and traceability system that can help protect our animals, our livelihoods and our customers," said National Pork Board President, Karen Richter, a producer from Montgomery, Minn. "That's why I encourage producers who may not already be using official PIN tags to register their premises and begin using the tags now."
According to Dr. Patrick Webb, Pork Checkoff's director of swine health, the USDA-approved, official PIN tags for breeding swine are customizable with or without a management number and can be purchased in multiple colors.
"This allows producers to use the official tag in any color as a management tag or wait to apply the tag to sows and boars before leaving the production site to enter harvest channels," Webb said.
Once an animal is identified with an official PIN tag, it should not be removed or given a different official tag in the case of parity-segregated farms. Also, records documenting the identification and movement of breeding stock should be kept for three years.
Allflex USA, Inc., Destron Fearing and Y-Tex Corporation have USDA approval to manufacture official PIN swine tags. When ordering, producers must provide the nationally standardized PIN for the breeding farm. If the site does not have a PIN, producers can register for one by going to www.pork.org/PINtag.
To date, packers that will require PIN tags as of January 2015 include: Johnsonville, Hillshire Brands, Calihan Pork Processors, Bob Evans Farms, Wampler's Farm Sausage, Pine Ridge Farms, Pioneer Packing Co., Pork King Packing and Abbyland Pork Pack.
Original release on November 11 by pork.org
K-State Unveils New Feed Techonology Center
The $16 million O.H. Kruse Feed Technology Innovation Center at Kansas State University was completed this fall after 20 years of planning, design and construction. The new facility replaces two older mills on campus.
The state-of-the-art facility was built to improve education for students and industry. Keith Behnke, a professor emeritus in Kansas State’s department of grain science and industry, noted that the university has the only undergraduate feed science and management program in the United States.
“From an educational stand point, I believe this is going to give us the opportunity to train the next leaders of the feed industry,” said Charles Stark, who is the university’s Jim and Carol Brown associate professor in feed technology. “The next generation will have an opportunity to come to Kansas State, learn the manufacturing process and transfer those skills back into the industry.”
Behnke said that what employers in the feed industry are looking for in graduates is experience.
“We can sit in the classroom all day and show pictures of how pieces of equipment work and how to maintain those things,” he said, “but without hands on experience, pictures really don’t mean much. It’s our goal to put every student we have into an intern program…to work in the feed mill as their class schedule permits (and) gain experience.”
He added that students have to be allowed to make mistakes, such as pushing a pellet mill too far and spilling ingredients out on a floor because they overloaded the equipment.
“It’s a little like touching a stove,” Behnke said. “You touch a stove and you learn not to do that. We can let students make mistakes here a lot cheaper than employees can in the industry. Out in the industry, if you make too big of mistake you get fired. The worst we can do to them is say, ‘okay, clean it up.’”
The Cargill Feed Safety Research Center is one of the important components of the new feedmill because industry is being pushed to provide cleaner and cleaner food for the livestock.
“The theory is valid,” Behnke said. “If animals have cleaner food they are going to be less of a risk when they enter the food system. Regardless of whether it’s milk, eggs or meat, it’s a cleaner and more safe product.”
Until now K-State has not been allowed to intentionally contaminate livestock feed with live pathogens because of the safety requirements, but the controlled environment of the Cargill Feed Safety Research Center will allow faculty to do so. Then they can figure out how to sterilize or decontaminate that food before it is fed to an animal.
Behnke said the construction of the feedmill is not yet complete. Additional storage will be added to the facility for grain genetics research. “We will be able to track genetic material all the way from the seed bag to the dinner plate,” he said.
“We would love for the public to come visit and learn about the facility,” Behnke said. “We’ve got something that’s really unique; most feedmills don’t allow tours because of biosecurity or proprietary information. For example, you can’t just drive up to a Cargill feedmill and say ‘Gee, I’d like to tour your feedmill,’ but you can do that here.”
The O.H. Kruse Feed Technology Innovation Center is located at 1980 Kimball Avenue in Manhattan. For more information visit the feed mill website, http://www.grains.k-state.edu/new-feed-technology-innovation-center/.
Original release on November 1st by nationalhogfarmer.com.
New PorkSquare is virtual town square for youth interested in pork careers
Launched at the National FFA Convention, PorkSquare harnesses the power of social media to help college students and young professionals find internships and training.
At a conference literally packed with the agricultural industry's future leaders, the Pork Checkoff introduced PorkSquare - a website, driven by the innovation and real-time nature of social media, connecting young agriculture professionals with internships and training.
"For some time, the National Pork Board has bounced around the concept of a youth careers website - one focused specifically on the pork industry," said Bryn Jensson, producer outreach marketing manager for Pork Checkoff. "After hours of brainstorming, ideation and discussing the purpose and options, PorkSquare emerged as an ideal way to combine the best of all our ideas."
Moving beyond the concept of simply a job bank, PorkSquare is a virtual town square where internship and scholarship seekers and companies can connect.
"As we created the website, we also generated a lot of enthusiasm about its future and began to understand just how instrumental it could become in meeting the needs of both students, professionals and pork-related companies," said Jensson.
The mission of the Pork Checkoff is to harness the resources of its pork producers to capture opportunity, address challenges and satisfy customers. PorkSquare specifically meets those needs by helping young people - ages 15 to 25 - with a long-term interest in a career in the pork industry. The website, located at www.porksquare.com , is a one-stop shop for training, education growth and internship information regarding the pork industry.
"We see PorkSquare as more than a place to find an internship, but rather as a vehicle to build relationships between young professionals and industry leaders, and prospect for internships, scholarships, mentoring programs and pork-related events," said Mark Greenwood, senior vice president relationship management with AgStar Financial Services.
High school and college students can use PorkSquare to create personal profiles that are visible to employers with internships or scholarship sponsors. These profiles allow the young professional to share information about themselves beyond that of a traditional resume, providing hiring managers with a complete image of a candidate. By including a photo, personal interests, social media links and more, employers can get a better feel for the background of an internship candidate.
Companies with a particular focus on the pork industry can also create profiles that students can readily search, allowing them a better sense of what a certain company offers. By building a company profile that includes internships, scholarships, events and position and news updates, potential candidates can be kept apprised of the changes and opportunities the company offers.
"We are confident that PorkSquare will be a great tool offered at a great time for our industry," said Jensson. "Over time, we will add helpful features to the site and highlight the opportunities the growing swine industry has to offer. Our goal is to keep these young pork professionals interested, engaged and aware of all our industry has to offer."
PorkSquare was developed with the support of its partners including the Pork Checkoff, AgStar Financial Services, Indiana Pork, Iowa Pork Producers Association, and the North Carolina Pork Council.
Original release on November 4th by pork.org
You're Invited to the 2013 K-State Swine Day
The 2013 K-State Swine Day will be held on Thursday, November 21, at the K-State Alumni Center located on the K-State campus.
The 2013 program will include "Recent Disease Challenge to our Industry - Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea." as well as an Update on Current K-State Swine Research to Help Improve the Net Return of a Swine Business by the K-State Swine Team. There will also be information on "Recent On-Farm and Commercial Feed Mill Innovations to Improve Whole Herd Feed Efficiency."
The day will conclude with a tour of the new O.H. Kruse Feed Technology Innovation Center Feed Mill and an Ice Cream Reception.
$25 per participant by November 9
$35 per participant at the door
No charge for student if pre-registered
For a full schedule and to register online visit www.KSUswine.org
Acclaimed Documentarian James Moll Releases Trailer and Website for New Film Farmland
Oscar®-winning documentary filmmaker, James Moll, has unveiled an advance trailer and website for his latest film, Farmland, which is now in post-production. The feature length documentary follows the next generation of American farmers and ranchers, examining the lives of farmers and ranchers in their 20s, in various regions across the US. The advance trailer and information about the film is now available at www.farmlandfilm.com.
“I make documentaries because it’s a thrill to explore new topics and meet people that I might not otherwise cross paths with,” said Moll. “While makingFarmland, I found myself immersed in a community of some of the most hard working, passionate people I’ve ever met. This film isn’t just about what it’s like to be a farmer, it’s about a way of life. It’s also about a subject that affects our lives daily.”
The film website offers some general background information about the film, full color photographs from the making of the documentary and the theatrical trailer.
The film, made with generous support from the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance® (USFRA®), gives viewers a firsthand glimpse into the lives of these young farmers and ranchers, their high-risk/high-reward jobs and their passion for a way of life that, more often than not, is passed down from generation to generation.
Moll received a Grammy® for directing and producing Foo Fighters: Back and Forth and an Academy Award® for his filmThe Last Days. During his filmmaking career, Moll has directed and produced numerous documentaries covering topics from the Holocaust to an epic trek across the Sahara Desert, teaming up with heavy-weights such as Matt Damon and Steven Spielberg along the way.
Farmlandwill premiere nationwide in spring 2014.
About Allentown Productions
Based at Universal Studios in Los Angeles, Allentown Productions is a film and television production company specializing in non-fiction filmmaking. Allentown Productions was established by filmmaker James Moll, who was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania – hence, the name of the company. His work as a documentary director/producer has earned him numerous awards including an Academy Award®, two Emmy Awards®, a Grammy Award®, and Peabody Award, among others.
About U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance
USFRA consists of nearly 80 farmer – and rancher-led organizations and their agricultural partners representing virtually all aspects of agriculture. It works to engage in dialogues with consumers who have questions about how today’s food is grown and raised. USFRA is committed to continuous improvement and supporting U.S. farmers and ranchers efforts to increase consumer confidence and trust in today’s agriculture.
Original release on October 31 bywww.foodialogues.com
Export Statistics: Pork Stable in August
A strong performance by the top three international markets kept U.S. beef exports on an upward path in August while sales to China and several up-and-coming markets helped pork exports stay nearly even with last year’s record-setting pace, according to statistics released by the USDA and compiled by USMEF.
Beef sales to Japan, Mexico and Canada all posted solid gains in August along with a resurgent Taiwan market as overall U.S. beef exports grew 5 percent in volume and 16 percent in value compared to year-ago levels, reaching 105,544 metric tons valued at $563.3 million. For the first eight months of 2012, beef exports are up 1 percent in volume and 10 percent in value to 767,017 metric tons valued at $4.01 billion.
Pork exports were bolstered by the largest sales to the China/Hong Kong region since February, as well as strong performances by the Central/South America and ASEAN regions. Total exports for August were down a fraction in volume (174,281 metric tons) but up 1 percent in value ($501.1 million), while 2013 totals were down 4.6 percent in volume (1,405,078 metric tons) and 4.5 percent in value ($3.94 billion).
The continued absence of the Russian market – closed to U.S. beef and pork products since February – continues to hinder exports. Excluding Russia, U.S. pork exports to all other markets are only down 1 percent this year, while beef exports are up 8 percent in volume and 16 percent in value.
“Challenges appear in many forms, including market closures and disruptions, international competition and product oversupply,” said Philip Seng, USMEF president and CEO. “For example, while the United States has enjoyed impressive growth in beef exports to Hong Kong, we remain locked out of the fastest-growing beef market in the world – China. And pressure from our international competitors is a significant factor in other markets, as we see in Japan, the top value export market for pork in the world.”
Per-head export values remain strong
Both pork and beef exports produced solid per-head values in August. The export value per head of fed slaughter for beef in August averaged $253.87, up $46.16 from last year. For pork, per-head totals were $52.43, up from $49.84 last year. Pork exports accounted for 21 percent of muscle cut production and 25 percent of total production (including variety meat) in August, similar to last year. Beef exports accounted for 11 percent of muscle cuts and 13.6 percent of total production, up roughly 1 percentage point for each.
Top pork markets
Mexico and Japan remain the top two markets for U.S. pork exports in 2013. Coming off double-digit increases in each of the past four months, exports to Mexico, the top volume market, slowed slightly in August, but volume remains up 1 percent for the year at 396,605 metric tons and value is up 3 percent to $747.5 million.
Top value market Japan dipped 14 percent in volume and 10 percent in value in August. Totals for 2013 stand at 284,970 metric tons valued at $1.26 billion, down 7 percent and 6 percent, respectively.
A rebound in exports to China/Hong Kong in August (up 28.7 percent in volume to 39,202 metric tons valued at $83.2 million, a 37.5 percent increase) helped bring year-to-date totals to 278,253 metric tons (down 2 percent) valued at $592.1 million (up 4 percent).
Other top-performing pork markets in August include:
Complete exports results for U.S. beef, pork and lamb are available online.
Original report on October 25 by www.usmef.org
KPA Features Kansas Pork farm families as part of its "Your Bacon Starts Here" promotion
With the October's National Pork Month coming to an end, Kansas Pork's "Your Bacon Starts Here"- Win Bacon for a Year program is still well underway. The retail program, brought to you by your association through partnerships with Hyvee, Farmland Foods and a grant from the Iowa Pork Producers Association, is seeking to start conversation about food and farming in Kansas while encouraging grocery shoppers to purchase pork.(Learn more about the program HERE.)
As a part of the program, Kansas Pork has featured three families with pork farms in Kansas, showcasing life and diversity on Kansas pig farms. While the retail program and contest ends on November 12, Kansas Pork will continue to use and share these videos and stories via social media and in other association programming
KPA staff would like to thank the Mike Bellar, Michael Springer and Kelly Wondra families for their participation in the videos.
November 4, 2013
NCRS Announces November 15, 2013 Deadline for EQIP Funding in Kansas
Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) State Conservationist Eric B. Banks, announced an application evaluation cutoff date of November 15, 2013, for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).
NRCS has provided over $26 million in financial assistance for fiscal year 2013 to help Kansas producers implement conservation practices through EQIP, the agency’s largest Farm Bill conservation program.
“The Environmental Quality Incentives Program offers farmers and forestland managers a variety of options to conserve natural resources while boosting production on their lands,” Banks said. “This conservation investment helps improve environmental health and the economy of Kansas’ rural communities.”
EQIP is a voluntary program that pays for up to 75% of the costs associated with approved environmental improvements. These include the construction of lagoons, composting facilities and some waste application equipment.
For more information visit the Kansas NRCS Web site www.ks.nrcs.usda.gov/programs or contact Tim Stroda at the KPA office.
KPA speaks to Southwest Kansas FCCLA students
Your association spent Wednesday, October 23rd, talking with students attending the Southwest Kansas FCCLA 2013 Fall Leadership Conference held in Dodge City. During three breakout sessions, KPA staff spoke to approximately 60 junior high students about characteristics of farmers, the ethical responsibility that farmers have and what a Kansas pig farm looks like today, utilizing both videos and the model pig barn.
Those attending the conference also enjoyed a pulled pork taco lunch sponsored by the Kansas Pork Association.
Interested in KPA presenting at your next youth event or using the model pig barn at your own presentation or meeting? Please contact Jodi Oleen at (785) 776-0442 or email@example.com.
KPA Publishes Pig Tales Issue 4
Stay up to date with the Kansas pork industry and what your association is doing for you. Read about the accomplishments of fellow KPA members and friends and enjoy this issue's featured recipe. Pig Tales is the official publication of the Kansas Pork Association.
All Pig Tales inquiries should be directed to the Kansas Pork Association at (785) 776-0442 or firstname.lastname@example.org
KPA Community Outreach Program
The Pork Community Outreach is designed to assist individual pork producers in becoming more involved and positively visible in their local communities. The KPA is offering matching funds on the expenses on selected community relations activities. The purpose of this program is to multiply the positive effects of pork producer involvement in the communities where hogs are raised.
To be eligible you must:
Fill out a cost share request form and submit it to the KPA at least two weeks prior to your event and submit design ideas to the KPA so that appropriate logos and messages may be included.
Click on Community Outreach to download a form.
PQA Plus Site Assessment Rebate Program
The Kansas Pork Association, the National Pork Board and the National Pork Producers Council are encouraging all producers to become PQA Plus certified and achieve PQA Plus Site Status. The purpose of this program is to encourage producers to be proactive in providing the best possible care for their animals and show commitment to the ethical principles of pork production as outlined in the We Care responsible pork initiative.
Having a PQA Plus advisor review your operation can both improve the well-being and productivity of animals in your care by noting changes or additions that may not otherwise be noticed.
The Kansas Pork Association is offering a $100 rebate to Kansas Pork Producers completing a PQA Plus Site Assesment. The funding is available on a first-come-first-serve basis.
The following requirements and stipulations apply:
Click here to download the rebate form.
Please contact Tim Stroda at email@example.com or (785) 776-0442 with questions or to see if funds are still available.
The KPA Producer-to-Producer Classified Section is provided free of charge to producers who are looking for a way to advertise to other producers. Contact the KPA office to get your ad listed.
Garry Keeler, program coordinator for Kansas GOLD Inc., is now working to update the yearly information needed to recertify facilities. The program has also recently started working with several producers to begin the process of applying for new permits.
The GOLD program is designed to ensure that when a regulator visits your farm, the information they request can be found easily and is packaged in a pre-approved format. The process begins with a visit to your farm by the Kansas GOLD coordinator, who will begin by examining your KDHE permit for each facility number. This permit tells the coordinator what information needs to be collected and kept on file.
Kansas GOLD Inc. provides a cost-effective manner to ensure your operation is in compliance. For information, please click on GOLD or contact the KPA office at (785) 776-0442 or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org