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IL Pork Producers & IL Dept. of Agriculture Coordinate Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) Crisis Drill in Springfield

The deliberate or accidental introduction of a highly contagious foreign animal disease, such as Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD), into the U.S. will have an immediate and drastic effect on agriculture.   In a first of its kind study funded by Pork Checkoff, a Center for Agricultural and Rural Development Food and Agricultural Policy Research

NPPC Asks USDA To Abandon GIPSA Rules

Citing grave concerns that they would “cause serious harm to the pork industry,” the National Pork Producers Council in comments submitted today said the U.S. Department of Agriculture should not finalize – or at least exempt pork producers from – regulations related to the buying and selling of livestock.   According to NPPC, the so-called

Illinois Pork Producers Association Launches New Manure Rate Calculator Mobile App

Pork producers continue to be industry leaders on environmental sustainability issues by using manure as a natural fertilizer to offset the use of commercial fertilizers. This not only helps reduce the energy use associated with making the commercial fertilizers, but also helps build the carbon content and moisture-holding capacity of soils. Dr. Ted Funk, Agricultural

Supplemental fat not necessary when canola meal is fed to weanling pigs

New research from the University of Illinois shows that adding supplemental dietary fat is not necessary to avoid reduced growth performance when replacing soybean meal with canola meal in diets fed to weanling pigs. Canola meal contains more protein than most plant ingredients, and can be used in place of soybean meal in pig diets.

Longtime Illinois Producer Named President of National Pork Producers Council

Ken Maschhoff, of Carlyle, IL, assumed the role as the president of the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) on Friday, March 3 at the National Pork Forum in Atlanta.   Ken, a fifth-generation pork producer, previously served on the Illinois Pork Producers Association (IPPA) board of directors. He currently serves on the NPPC board as

University of Illinois: Hog Prices Outperform Expectations

  Source: University of Illinois news release The pork industry outlook has experienced a major shift to the upside. Pork producers are pleased to see 2017 hog prices higher than expected. The low point for the industry was in late November when hog prices dropped to near $32 per hundredweight on a live weight basis.

2016 U.S. Pork Exports Show Impressive Progress

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National Pork Board Increases Funding For International Markets 12.7 percent in 2017 At year-end 2016, U.S. pork exports showed impressive progress following a challenging 2015. In 2016, 5.1 billion pounds of pork and pork variety meats valued at $5.94 billion dollars were exported, up 8 percent and 7 percent respectively from 2015, according to the

NPPC Capital Update for the week ending February 10th 2017

FOR THE WEEK ENDING FEBRUARY 10, 2017 ‘GIPSA’ RULE COMMENT PERIOD EXTENDED; NPPC ASKS PRODUCERS TO OPPOSE IT The Trump administration this week extend the deadline for submitting comments on a regulation related to the buying and selling of livestock, a move hailed by NPPC, which opposes the Obama-era rule. NPPC is urging pork producers

Pork Checkoff Offers Webinar on New FDA Antibiotic Rules

Free Registration Now Open for Feb. 21 Event The Pork Checkoff will present “How to Succeed with the New Antibiotic Regulations,” a free online webinar on Feb. 21 at 1 p.m. CST for producers and allied-industry participants. The 60-minute presentation will feature three veterinarians and will offer the opportunity for both live and pre-event questions.

Vilsack Comments On Sonny Perdue’s Appointment As Ag Sec’y

AP Reports: Sonny Perdue received the endorsement of his Democratic predecessor on Tuesday as he prepares for U.S. Senate confirmation hearings to be Donald Trump’s agriculture secretary. Ex-Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Perdue’s background as a former Republican governor helped prepare him for the “opportunities and challenges that exist in rural communities.” Here’s the full

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