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2016 U.S. Pork Exports Show Impressive Progress

2016 U.S. Pork Exports Show Impressive Progress

  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 USDA. “We saw a strong 2016 for U.S. pork exports, but

Tyson Fresh Meats introduces new pork line

Tyson Fresh Meats introduces new pork line

Tyson Fresh Meats, a subsidiary of Tyson Foods is launching a new lineup of quality pork products called Chairman’s Reserve Prime Pork. The new product has a desirable amount of marbling, appetizing color and a pH level that is in demand from high-end retailers.   “Our retail and foodservice customers have long associated the Chairman’s Reserve brand with exceptional

Statement from the Illinois Farm Bureau Regarding Gov. Bruce Rauner’s Budget Address

Statement from the Illinois Farm Bureau Regarding Gov. Bruce Rauner’s Budget Address

    The following is a statement from Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB) President Richard Guebert, Jr., regarding Gov. Bruce Rauner’s budget address. “We are encouraged by Governor Rauner’s call for a compromise on the state budget. Our members are frustrated with the lack of action over the last two years. Every day without a solution

IPPA Scholarships Available for 2017-18

IPPA Scholarships Available for 2017-18

Over $15,000 in scholarships are available through the Illinois Pork Producers Association (IPPA) this year.   Each year, IPPA offers scholarships to students pursuing a higher education degree (at a two or four-year institution) who have a background in the pork industry. Recipients are selected based on activity involvement, GPA, and an essay detailing how

Young Couple Eager to Start Their Pig Farming Journey

Young Couple Eager to Start Their Pig Farming Journey

Justin and Whitney McKeown of Hancock County are ready to dive into the pork industry. They are the owners of Oak Ridge Farm, LLC in rural La Harpe. Whitney calls this area home and grew up on a grain and livestock farm. Justin has been a carpenter since graduating high school, but is ready to

Open house planned at new pig barns near LaHarpe

Open house planned at new pig barns near LaHarpe

Source: Whig.com When Justin and Whitney McKeown wanted to get into farming, raising pigs provided the best option. The couple just built two 2,500-head wean-to-finish pig barns near LaHarpe and plan to have pigs in production at Oak Ridge Farm the week of Feb. 20. “Putting up these buildings was a way for us to

Open House for Hancock County Pig Barn

Open House for Hancock County Pig Barn

WHAT: The Illinois Pork Producers Association (IPPA), along with the Illinois Livestock Development Group (ILDG), is coordinating an open house for Justin & Whitney McKeown who have just finished building two 2,500 head wean-to-finish pig barns.   WHEN: Friday, February 10, 2017 11:00 am – 2:00 pm Ribbon cutting at 11:30 am   WHERE: 2935

Meat Industry Hall Of Fame Announces Its 2016 Class

Meat Industry Hall Of Fame Announces Its 2016 Class

Source: Meat Industry Hall of Fame news release The Meat Industry Hall of Fame inducted the Members of the Class of 2016 following a formal dinner at the Georgia Aquarium on January 31. The event, which took place during the opening day of the International Production and Processing Expo, was attended by 150 people including

NPPC Capital Update for the week of January 27th 2017

NPPC Capital Update for the week of January 27th 2017

WEEK ENDING JANUARY 27, 2017   TRUMP REGULATORY FREEZE PUTS HOLD ON ‘GIPSA,’ ORGANIC LIVESTOCK RULES Shortly after he was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States, Donald Trump issued an order freezing federal regulations still in the rulemaking process and delaying for 60 days beyond their effective date those that recently

Move to Pens will Require the Right People and Greater Training

Move to Pens will Require the Right People and Greater Training

Farmscape for January 20, 2017 Full Interview 7:13 Listen The Director of the Swine Teaching and Research Center with University of Pennsylvania says the move from stall housing of gestating sows to pen housing will require superior stockmanship and a greater level of training to maximize success. Training for the Transition from Stalls to Pens”

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