The official publication of the Iowa Pork Producers Association
Vol. 49 NO. 2-3 March 2012
Pork Congress 2012
Complete Iowa Pork Congress Summary
Eldon McAfee’s GIPSA, feed lien summaries
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04 2012 IPPa Leadership
07 randomly Speaking – a message from the president
12 System to save energy, reduce ammonia emissions
14 2011 IPPa Membership Survey – Pork producers embrace
16 hog farmers want quicker payment from packers
18 Introducing the new IPPa president
20 IPPa co-sponsors Sacramento TOE
22 Dubuque chefs take top spots in Iowa Pork TOE
24 Keynote speaker decodes activist communications
26 2011 Master Pork Producer biographies
31 IPSc’s top Seedstock producer for 2011
34 Washington producers earn 2011 Pork all-american award
35 SE Iowa producers are top environmental stewards
The 2012 Iowa Pork congress was held 36 2011 honorary Master Pork Producers
Jan. 25-26. catch all of the highlights 38 2011 IPPa Membership award winners
beginning on page 24.
40 Outstanding Project award winners
42 hog Wild, Belle ringer award winners
43 Iowa Pork Foundation Scholarship fund gets boost
44 Des Moines residents enjoy free pork lunch
45 2012 Iowa Pork Youth Team selected
46 Three teams earn scholarships at Youth Swine Judging
Programs are made available to pork contest
producers without regard to race, color, 47 One day, two awards for Wapello county pork producers
sex, religion or national origin. The Iowa
Pork Producers Association is an equal 48 SunnyBrook inspired by pork
opportunity employer. 50 Feed suppliers prevail in Iowa Supreme court feed lien ruling
52 Eldon Mcafee summarizes new GIPSa rule now in effect
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IPPA 2012 Leadership
Iowa Pork Producers Association Board of Directors
Bill Tentinger Greg Lear Leon Sheets
President President-elect Past President
Le Mars Spencer Ionia
David Struthers Mark Meirick Mark Johnson Jamie Schmidt
Vice President of Vice President of Vice President of Vice President of
Operations Resources Market Producers Services
Southwest Region District 3 Development District 2
Collins Protivin Stakeholder Garner
Conley Nelson Derrick Sleezer Howard Hill John Webber
National Pork Board National Pork Board National Pork National Pork
Algona Cherokee Producers Council Producers Council
Iowa Falls Dysart
Iowa Pork Association Mission Statement
The Iowa Pork Producers Association is an industry inclusive organization whose mission is to provide a unified voice to
promote and educate for a sustainable, socially responsible, profitable and globaly competitive pork industry.
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Joe Rotta Al Wulfekuhle Curtis Meier Gene Moody
District 1 District 4 District 5 District 6
Merrill Quasqueton Clarinda Maxwell
David Calderwood Heather Hora Marv Rietema
District 7 District 8 NW Region
Traer Washington Sioux Center
Joel Huber Brenda Schmitt Ryan Bailey Craig Rowles
SE Region NE Region Allied Stakeholder
Wellman Rudd State Center Carroll
The Honorable Bill Northey Dr. Maynard Hogberg
Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Chair, Animal Science Department
Dr. John Mabry Iowa State University
Harold Hommes Executive Director
Iowa Pork Industry Center Dr. Lisa Nolan
Iowa Department of Agriculture
Dean, College of Veterinary Medicine
and Land Stewardship
Iowa State University
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2012 Board of Directors IPPa Staff
ExECuTIvE CoMMITTEE NPPC Allied ryan Bailey, State center DIRECToRS
Howard Hill, Iowa Falls Rich Degner, Executive
President Stakeholder craig rowles, carroll
John Weber,Dysart Tyler Bettin, Producer Education
Bill Tentinger Ex-officio Directors Ron Birkenholz, Communications
President-elect National Pork Board Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Doug Fricke, Tradeshow Marketing
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David Struthers, Collins harold hommes Cody McKinley, Public Policy
District 1 Joe rotta, Merrill Kelly Sheets, Producer Outreach
vice President of District 4 al Wulfekuhle, Quasqueton Iowa Pork Industry Center Alison Swanson, Marketing/
Resources Dr. John Mabry, Executive Director Programs
Mark Meirick, Protivin District 5 curtis Meier, clarinda
Iowa State university
vice President of Market District 6 Gene Moody, Maxwell Dr. Maynard hogberg ASSISTANTS
Development District 7 David calderwood, Traer Dr. Lisa Nolan Sheryl Christensen, Administrative
Mark Johnson, Leland Iowa Pork Youth Team Lea Clemenson, Programs
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randomly Speaking –
a message from the president
Dear Fellow Pork Industry Advocates,
I am proud, humbled and excited to serve you as your 2012 IPPA president. Proud because your association is regarded
and respected as a very well-run and professional group. I am proud because I represent some of the best and most
professional pork producers in the world. I am humbled because I know that I will be following in the footsteps of some
great past presidents who have lead this association through good times and bad times with professionalism. I am excited
because I look forward to serving all aspects of pork production. I hope to meet many new faces and continue to build
enthusiasm and respect for what the pork industry does for Iowa.
I look forward to working with the IPPA staff members because they are truly dedicated to the betterment of the Iowa
pork industry. Feel free to contact them at any time for help or with concerns about issues in pork production. I also look
forward to working with the board of directors, a group of dedicated industry leaders. I ask that they continue to come
together with open minds to discuss issues brought before them to reach a common goal for the betterment of the pork
industry in all of Iowa.
Your association will be involved in many public relations activities this year running TV and radio ad campaigns and also
getting more involved in social media. IPPA also will continue to be involved in the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance.
Public policy will be another area that will have heavy focus as we constantly monitor national and state issues that pertain
to our industry. Regulatory and rule-making issues seem to need the most attention.
There are some things that I would ask of those involved in our industry. One of them is to get involved wherever you can.
Be it helping out at a local grilling/promotion or speaking out wherever you see a need. The strength of this association
comes from you, the member. There is nothing that can beat or outperform putting a face on our industry. We are all in this
together. Don’t wait for someone else to do it. Always think about the We Care responsible pork initiative and truly believe
in what it stands for. Someday, this industry will be asked to prove that we mean it.
In closing, I thank you for the opportunity to serve this organization and look forward to the coming year. Please feel free
to contact anyone of the board members or myself with any concerns you might have.
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Pork Industry News and Updates
attendance up at Pork floor with various pork- related was displayed at the Iowa Pork
products and services. Several Congress in January.
congress exhibitors were at Pork Congress for
Thanks to some unusually warm the first time. Each unit can provide shelter
January weather, nearly 4,600 for up to 10 people. The circular
people attended the 2012 Iowa Pork Congress also featured several units are 18-feet in diameter,
Pork Congress in Des Moines. free business seminars, social events 100 percent termite, fire and
and youth activities. waterproof, can withstand 130
The Iowa Pork Producers mph winds and assemble on-
Association announced The 2013 Pork Congress will be held site with simple hand tools.
that official attendance for in Des Moines Jan. 23 and 24. SafeTHomes are built with a
January’s event was 4,592. double heat shield roof to deflect
This included pork producers, heat and with screened-in lockable
Iowa-built SafeThome on
animal caregivers, special windows and door.
guests, speakers, students and display at Pork congress
exhibitors. The Village of Hope was established
last year to offer transitional
Attendance was the largest for housing to families displaced by the
Pork Congress since more than earthquake. The five-acre village can
4,700 attended in 2009. The two- accommodate up to 50 SafeTHomes.
day show, held Jan. 25-26 at the Donations also are being accepted to
Iowa Events Center, attracted cover costs of transporting the homes
people from nearly 20 states, and concrete to secure each unit.
Mexico and Canada.
“Special Delivery” was launched
A wean-to-finish hog farmer SafeTHome in December and more than 20
and livestock consultant from SafeTHomes have been pledged to
Michigan attended the event for A massive 2010 earthquake left
the 20th straight year. hundreds of thousands of Haitians
homeless, but Iowans are coming
The Iowa Pork Producers Association
“I always like to come out and to the rescue through the “Special
is a participating sponsor in the Iowa
enjoy the Iowa Pork Congress Delivery. Homes. Help. Hope. For
Food & Family Project and supports
and see the exhibits,” said Ron Haiti” campaign.
the “Special Delivery” campaign.
Hayden, also a former exhibitor
at the show. “I like walking the Coordinated by the Iowa Soybean
Association’s Iowa Food & Family IPPa honors Dr. Palmer
floor and finding out what’s
going on in the industry. I’m Project and the Iowa-based holden
mostly interested in the nuances Global Compassion Network, the For 40 years, Dr. Palmer Holden has
of feed efficiency, which with campaign seeks to raise funds been a key member of the Iowa Pork
higher input costs, is the to deliver 48 SafeTHomes to the Producers Association’s Master Pork
number one issue.” Village of Hope in Les Cayes, Producer Award program, spending
Haiti by June 1. Manufactured by countless hours each year travelling
More than 250 exhibitors, Sukup Manufacturing of Sheffield, Iowa with the committee to visit
including some international Iowa, the grain bin-like structures nominees for the award, being the
companies, filled the tradeshow cost $5,700 each. One of the units official photographer and developing
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the visual portion of the awards EPA rule that required discharge McDonald’s joins hSUS in
program at the Iowa Pork Congress permits (National Pollution Discharge
Banquet. Elimination System or NPDES
calling for end to g-stalls
permits) for CAFOs that proposed to The McDonald’s Corp. announced
Holden announced his retirement discharge manure or other pollutants Feb. 13 that it’s requiring its U.S. pork
from the program last year and into the waters of the U.S. The court suppliers to outline plans to phase out
IPPA presented him with a found that an NPDES permit cannot use of gestation stalls, according to
Distinguished Service Award at the be required unless there is an actual a statement that carried both the
2012 banquet in January. discharge. McDonald’s and the Humane Society
of the United States’ logos. The move
In a Dec. 8, 2011, memo to all 10 U.S. is supported by HSUS, which has been
EPA regional offices, the national pressuring the pork industry for years
director of the Environmental to end the use of g-stalls.
Protection Agency’s Office of
Wastewater Management stated: “In “McDonald’s believes gestation stalls
response to NPPC, which applies are not a sustainable production
nationally, we will revise the CAFO system for the future,” said Dan
regulations to remove from the federal Gorsky, senior vice president of
regulations the requirement that McDonald’s North America Supply
CAFOs that ‘propose to discharge’ Chain Management. “There are
have NPDES permits.” Because Iowa alternatives that we think are better for
Dr. Palmer Holden (left) receives IPPA law states that any NPDES permit the welfare of sows. McDonald’s wants
Distinguished Service Award from requirements for confinement to see the end of sow confinement in
2012 IPPA President Bill Tentinger. operations cannot be more strict than gestation stalls in our supply chain.”
federal EPA rules, Iowa DNR rules
He retired from Iowa State University adopted in the future cannot include McDonald’s expects to receive the
in 2002, but continued to serve the the propose-to-discharge standard. results of the assessment of its U.S.
Master Pork Producer program pork suppliers in May and then share
and IPPA. ”He has maintained a EPA also reiterated that “CAFOs that the results and its next steps.
commitment even after retirement to have discharged without a permit
ensure proper recognition of Iowa’s only cease to be in violation of the “We are pleased to see a number of our
Master Pork Producers because he Act when circumstances that led to U.S. suppliers adopting commercially
believes in the program’s merits and their discharge have changed or been viable alternatives,” Gorsky
enjoys meeting new Master Pork corrected.” That is, if the cause of an said. “For example, Smithfield Foods
Producers each year,” said 2011 IPPA accidental discharge is changed or and Cargill have made significant
President Leon Sheets in presenting corrected, then an NPDES permit is progress in this area. We applaud these
the award. not required. and future efforts.”
Holden plans to fully retire to Iowa
City to enjoy life with family and
EPa announces plans to
revise caFO regulations
On March 15, 2011, a fifth circuit
federal court of appeals in the
National Pork Producers Council
v. EPA case struck down a federal
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System to save energy, reduce ammonia
emissions from livestock facilities developed
Researchers from North tempering – or heating up – the introduces additional costs for
Carolina State University and fresh air that is pumped into the animal agriculture operations. The
West Virginia University have barns. researchers hope to defray those
developed a new technology costs by reducing an operation’s
that can reduce air pollutant The pollution removal component energy consumption.
emissions from some chicken utilizes a biofiltration mechanism,
and swine barns, and also in which polluted air is passed Here’s how their prototype works:
reduce their energy use by through an organic medium, such warm, polluted air from the
recovering and possibly as compost or wood chips, that livestock facility enters the biofilter,
generating heat. contains bacteria. Those bacteria and some of the heat is transferred
interact with the pollutants and to the heat exchanger. When fresh
Specifically, the research team break them down into harmless air from outside is pumped into
designed, built and evaluated or less harmful constituents. the building, it passes over the heat
a proof-of-concept unit that Biofiltration also allows recycling of exchanger, warming it up.
incorporates a biofilter and nitrogen because when the “spent”
a heat exchanger to reduce medium is applied on cropland, the The prototype not only helps
ammonia emissions from nitrogen becomes available to the recover heat from the facility, it also
livestock barns, while also crops. However, biofiltration also produces its own heat. This heat
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is generated within the biofilter
when heat-producing biochemical
reactions occur – for example,
when the ammonia is converted
into nitrate by bacteria. The heat
from the biofilter is also routed to
the heat exchanger.
Maintaining the appropriately
high temperature is important
for chicken and swine operations,
because it is essential for rearing
chicks and piglets to maturity.
“The technology is best suited
for use when an operation wants
to vent a facility that has high
ammonia concentrations and pump
in cleaner air in preparation for is a precursor to very fine particulate of ammonia and reduced the
a fresh batch of chicks or piglets matter, which contributes to haze energy needed to maintain the
– particularly in cold weather. and public health problems, such as necessary temperature in the
It is also suitable for use when asthma. facility – recovering as much as
supplemental heat is required for 8.3 kilowatts of heat.
raising the young animals,” says Dr. Researchers showed that their
Sanjay Shah, an associate professor design is effective under real-world “We plan to continue working
of biological and agricultural conditions, operating their prototype to improve the system design
engineering at NC State and lead in a 5,000-bird chicken facility. The in order to make it even more
author of a paper describing the prototype removed up to 79 percent efficient,” Shah says.
research. For this to be feasible,
it would be necessary to replace
a couple of the conventional
cold weather ventilation fans
with higher-pressure fans. Shah
explains that the technology is
not compatible with summer
ventilation using tunnel-fans,
because of the high cost and
choking effect on the fans.
Shah says the researchers focused
on ammonia removal because:
it is released from chicken and
swine barns in large quantities;
it contributes to nutrient loading
problems such as hypoxia; it is an
indirect contributor to greenhouse
gases (GHGs) because it can break
down into the potent GHG nitrous
oxide in the ground; and because it
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2011 IPPa Membership Survey
Survey says: Iowa pork producers embrace
The pork industry’s Pork Quality practices in the areas of food seven percent said they would
Assurance Plus was introduced safety and animal well-being. favor releasing non-sensitive CRP
in 2007 and most of Iowa’s pork Individuals are first certified acres for feed grain production.
producers are solidly supporting through an education program. Thirty-three percent said they
the program. Following certification, producers weren’t in favor of the idea.
invite PQA Plus advisors to
The results of the 2011 Iowa conduct an objective assessment As a possible indication of the
Pork Producers Association of practices on the farm. impact of higher feed costs, the
Membership Survey, announced 2011 survey found that more corn
at January’s IPPA Annual Meeting, “PQA Plus certification and the grown by hog farmers was used for
showed that 95 percent of the 438 site assessment process helps their own feed needs. Around 72
people responding to the annual show customers we care about our percent of the corn grown by pork
questionnaire are certified in animals and the safety of food we producers was used for feed, up 12
PQA Plus. Iowa currently leads produce and aids in continuous percent from 2010.
the nation with more than 14,600 improvement of our industry,”
individual program certifications. IPPA Past President Leon Sheets On a related question, 72 percent
said in an association news release of the respondents reported using
More Iowa pork producers have last year. dried distillers grains in their feed
completed the PQA Plus site rations. Those who use DDGS said
assessment than any other state Feed costs/availability 22 percent is used in both gestation
with more than 5,400 assessments and finishing.
done to date, but the membership The 2010 survey revealed that
survey shows that 32 percent of feed costs were the chief concern
among Iowa producers and Marketing
the state’s hog farmers have yet
to complete that aspect of the it remained the number one One section of the survey asked
program. Of the 68 percent who headache in the 2011 survey. questions related to marketing.
said they have had the assessment, Disease challenges finished a Those responding to the survey
96 percent said it was a positive close second, followed by market said they receive 1.56 bids before
experience. prices/access, animal rights selling market hogs and two
activists and energy costs. different processors purchase hogs
Producers were asked in the from them during an average year.
survey if they favored combining A big concern of IPPA leadership
PQA Plus and Transport Quality in late 2010 and early 2011 was Most producers do not have a
Assurance into a single program whether pork producers would marketing agreement with a
and 82 percent said they liked the have enough corn at their disposal processor or third-party, according
idea. A total of 55 percent of the to feed livestock due to increased to the survey. Fifty-seven percent
respondents are not TQA certified. competition for corn. Those said they do not have a marketing
fears have not materialized to agreement Of the 43 percent who
PQA Plus was launched as a date and 97 percent of the survey said they do, there’s 1.73 years left
continuous improvement program respondents said they have had on the agreement and they rate it
that outlines good production no problems accessing feed grains fairly positively.
when asked the question. Sixty-
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Facilities Foaming issues in deep pit barns optimistic. Just 2.6 percent were
have become a growing concern not optimistic and 17.3 percent
Producers were asked in the in recent years and IPPA wanted were unsure.
questionnaire about the age of to find out how widespread the
their swine facilities. Twenty-nine problem is. Just 32 percent of the Most producers who responded
percent said their barns are 11 to respondents said they have seen don’t envision any changes in
20 years of age. Nearly half of the evidence of foaming in pits, but their operation in the next five
facilities are 10 years of age or less they have found foaming in 40 years. More than 65 percent said
and 24 percent are older than 20 percent of their pits. their operation would remain
years. the same size. Twenty-point-six
The survey revealed that producers percent said they planned to
On maintenance and repair issues, have an average of 10.2 months of expand and 2.7 percent said their
32 percent said they have major on-farm manure storage capacity. business would be smaller.
repair needs and 81 percent of
those respondents said they plan to Of the 2,500 surveys mailed to
reinvest in their facilities. General issues
Iowa pork producers, 18 percent
After a rugged couple of years, were returned. The average age
The use of gestation stalls in 2011 brought a return to of the respondents was 57 years.
farrowing operations was the profitability for most producers. Producers also could respond
subject of a couple of questions. How long will the good times online. Results from the survey
Of those producers who farrow, 42 roll? Can it get better? IPPA asked are used by IPPA to help develop
percent said they use the stalls and producers how they feel about the more effective policies, positions
58 percent said they don’t. When immediate future of the industry. and programs.
asked if they plan to use gestation
stalls in the next five years, the When asked how optimistic they
percentages were the same: 42 were about the next two years,
percent yes and 58 percent no. 80 percent said they were either
very optimistic or somewhat
Basic Survey Results
Avg. age of respondents: 57 years
% Owner/operators: 56%
% Contract: 38%
% Off-farm Employment: 21%
% Spouse Off-farm Employment: 55%
Avg. # head Finished
2010 2011 2010 2011
Farrow-to-Finish 27% 26% 10,243 9,465
Farrow-to-Feeder 1% 2% 38,088 1,933
Farrow-to-Wean 6% 4% 36,363 36,385
Wean to Finish 37% 55% 8,904 8,907
Seedstock Producer 2% 3% 950 1,324
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2012 IPPa annual Meeting
Producers want quicker payment from packers
Iowa’s pork producers are looking to get paid
quicker when they take their hogs to market.
Delegates at the 2012 Iowa Pork Producers Association
Annual Meeting in Des Moines Jan. 24 unanimously
passed a resolution encouraging meat packers to offer
electronic funds transfer as a form of payment to
producers. The resolution also seeks to make payment
deposits available within one business day.
“We need a consistent process for being
compensated [for hog sales] and there are
opportunities for electronic funds transfer,” said
Todd Wiley, a pork producer delegate from Benton
The resolution, submitted by the Benton County
Pork Producers, cited the proliferation of electronic
banking and impending inefficiencies of the U.S.
Postal Service as reasons for seeking electronic
payments from packers.
The job now falls to IPPA and the National Pork
Producers Council to encourage packers to offer
EFT as a payment option.
2011 IPPA President Leon Sheets delivers his
“State of the Association” address to delegates at the
Only three other resolutions were submitted for
IPPA Annual Meeting Jan. 24.
action at the annual meeting and all were approved
with little or no debate.
before they result in retaliation such as the U.S.-Mexican
The 106 delegates in attendance approved a trucking dispute, the resolution read.
resolution offered by the Montgomery County
Pork Producers to have NPPC and the U.S. Trade The other two resolutions were submitted by the
Representative work with Canada and Mexico to IPPA Past Presidents’ Committee. One called on IPPA
negotiate a legal World Trade Organization solution and NPPC to oppose any federally mandated animal
to Country of Origin Labeling (COOL). The WTO production systems. “We don’t need our government
has determined the current COOL trade regulations telling us how to raise pigs,” said IPPA Past President
between the three North American countries are Tim Bierman. “We want freedom to operate.”
Delegates also approved a resolution dealing with
Export trade is extremely important to the pork proposed changes in the child labor laws, which the U.S.
industry and disagreements need to be settled
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Department of Labor has already said will be revised regulate dust and other particulate matter, requiring
to accommodate on-farm work by children. IPPA all CAFOs to register with the Environmental
and NPPC were directed to support parental rights Protection Agency and the new GIPSA rule were
on determining work endeavors on farms that are among the issues.
appropriate for children, as well as organizations and
programs that actively involve youth in agriculture. “Rules provide structure that we all find comforting,
however we don’t need a rule for every possible
Delegates from all eight IPPA districts attended situation,” Sheets said. “More common sense and
the meeting at the Des Moines Marriott and heard fewer rules could better serve the citizens of the
various state and national reports and received United States.”
results of the 2011 IPPA Membership Survey. Iowa
Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds addressed the attendees, The meeting concluded with the honoring of several
Dr. Steve Meyer of Paragon Economics provided retiring IPPA Board members and the passing of
an economic update and National Pork Board CEO the gavel from Sheets to 2012 IPPA President Bill
Chris Novak discussed the industry’s participation Tentinger of Le Mars.
in the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance and how
the alliance will promote agriculture. 2011 IPPA
President Leon Sheets of Ionia also presented the
“State of the Association” address.
Sheets discussed how increased revenues from
a strong hog market have allowed IPPA to
fund new research projects addressing manure
issues. “Additional research will be conducted
on the impact of manure application on ground
to be planted to soybeans,” he said. The Iowa
Environmental Protection Commission has focused
on the issue for several years and a final regulation
will be introduced to Iowa pork producers next year.
IPPA also is directing additional research funds
to the problem of manure foaming in pits under
hog buildings. “Iowa State University has agreed to
coordinate the effort, which will include universities
in neighboring states,” Sheets added.
Sheets addressed the alliance in his association
update. “Too many people in the U.S. are removed
from agriculture, so the organizations are investing
in the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance,” said
Sheets. “The alliance is viewed as a critical way for
all of U.S. agriculture to come together and tell a
positive story. People in the U.S. have lost touch with
agriculture and this is an opportunity to help them
The industry was kept busy in 2011 responding to
proposed legislation and regulations that would
negatively impact pork producers. Proposals to
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New IPPa president says industry needs to
keep telling its story
The new president of the Iowa Pork but also that we can be good to the association is both exciting and
Producers Association believes the environment while we provide jobs sobering.
industry’s most pressing challenge for our communities.”
this year is maintaining the right to “First of all, it is exciting to know
operate. One of Tentinger’s biggest that I am following in the footsteps
concerns as a producer is increased of some of the most dedicated
Bill Tentinger of Le Mars in government regulation. He hopes leaders in the pork industry in
Plymouth County was installed as that 2012 will mean continued Iowa,” Tentinger said. “Secondly,
the 2012 president at the conclusion profitability for the industry and he’d it’s exciting to be able to be a
of IPPA’s Annual Meeting in Des like to see progress made toward spokesman for and lead a very
Moines Jan. 24. He succeeds Leon managing or eradicating Porcine important segment of the rural
Sheets, a pork producer from Ionia Reproductive and Respiratory economy of Iowa. It is sobering
in Chickasaw County. Syndrome (PRRS) from the herd. to realize that I am at the helm
of an organization that is so well
“It is becoming increasingly more Tentinger is a long-time IPPA organized and staffed with great
important for the pork industry to member and has served on the board professionals.”
be open and vocal about what we for the past seven years, chairing and
do,” he said. “We need to not only serving on numerous committees His goals for the coming year are
tell the story about feeding the as well. He says the thought of now to “continue to have a board of
world and producing a safe product, being the president of the state directors that can work together,
discuss issues brought
before it and find common
ground to better serve the
pork industry in Iowa.”
Tentinger has farmed and
raised hogs in northwest
Iowa for 43 years. He has
350 sows that produce
7,200 pigs each year.
He also purchases an
additional 3,000 iso pigs
that he finishes to increase
his total number marketed
annually to 10,000.
He also grows corn and
soybeans and is a member
of the state corn and
soybean associations, as
well as Farm Bureau.
2012 IPPA President Bill Tentinger (left) accepts the gavel from Leon Sheets,
2011 IPPA president.
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IPPa co-sponsors first-ever Sacramento Taste
The Iowa Pork Producers Association, along with the honors. Second place went to Chef Alessandra Pichardo
Missouri and California pork producers, sponsored the of the Institute of Technology in Citrus Heights, Calif.,
first-ever Taste of Elegance event in Sacramento, Calif., and 3rd place was awarded to Jimmy Morales, a student
in December. The contest was held on Dec. 6 at the at the Art Institute of California, Sunnyvale. Pichardo
DoubleTree Sacramento. also won the People’s Choice Award.
The event was unique in that it allowed culinary “Overall, we were very pleased with how the Taste of
students to compete in the contest as well as chefs. Elegance event went in Sacramento,” said Swanson. “I
Three Sacramento-area culinary school students took was pulled in as a judge at the last minute and I can tell
advantage of the opportunity and nine chefs from you that it wasn’t an easy job. I was impressed to find
various Sacramento-area restaurants also competed. out that West Coast chefs knew how to cook pork just as
well as chefs in the Midwest.”
“The IPPA Restaurant & Foodservice Committee
had been looking for a market on the west coast IPPA Restaurant & Foodservice Committee members
to sponsor a Taste of Elegance competition and so Grace Evans and Linda Madison
this was a great opportunity to partner with the also attended the event.
Missouri Pork Association and the California Pork
Producers Association and promote pork in California
restaurants,” said IPPA Marketing & Programs Director
Chef Molly Hawks took 1st place honors and was named
Chef Par Excellence with her “Duo of Pork” entrée. The
dish consisted of charred tenderloin and house smoked
pork shoulder, Italian butter beans and broccoli rabe.
Hawks owns “Hawks,” a restaurant in Granite Bay, Calif.
She also won a place in the 2012 Pork Summit that will
be held this spring at the Culinary Institute of America
in St. Helena, Calif. The event is sponsored by the
National Pork Board.
Second place, or Superior Chef, went to Chef Clay
Purcell with his “Pork and Beans ‘Italian Sausage’
Cassoulet.” Purcell is employed with the Tower Bridge
Bistro in Sacramento.
The title of Premier Chef was awarded to Chef Adam
Pechal of Restaurant Thir13en in Sacramento. Pechal
placed with his “Sous Vide Pork Tenderloin with
Butternut Squash — Potato Gratin, Caramelized
Brussels Sprouts and Pomegranate Gastrique.”
The three competing culinary students also were judged
and awarded placement. Chef Michael Ambriz, Jr. from
the Art Institute of California, Sacramento took 1st place
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Dubuque chef named chef Par Excellence at
2012 Iowa Pork Taste of Elegance
A chef from the Diamond Jo Casino in Dubuque was The third place winner was Chef Aaron King of Dos
proclaimed the winner of the 2012 Iowa Pork Taste of Rios/Big City Burgers and Greens/Catering DSM in
Elegance competition in Des Moines. Des Moines. As Premier Chef, King received a plaque
and $250. His “Pork 3 Ways” entrée featured Honey and
Chef Jon Nelson was named Chef Par Excellence in the Cider Caramelized Pork Belly, Morse Farms Satsuma
Iowa Pork Producers Association’s 25th annual culinary Mandarin Marmalade, Pig Skin Ravioli, House-cured
contest Jan. 23. He prepared a pork dish he titled Whiskey Smoked Ham and Lentil Parfait, and Adobo
“Pur Porc.” Nelson earned a plaque, $1,000 and the Pork Loin with Negro Mole.
opportunity to compete in the National Taste of Elegance
event in California this spring. Chef Joseph Weisz of the Iowa Stater Restaurant in
Ames took home the People’s Choice Award. The 2011
Another Dubuque chef placed second in the contest and Iowa Pork Taste of Elegance Superior Chef was a last-
earned the title of Superior Chef. Chef Andrew James minute replacement in the contest and he won a plaque
Weis of Caroline’s Restaurant at the Hotel Julien Dubuque and $250 with an entrée he called “Tre Carbonara.”
prepared an entrée titled “Pork Ribeye Specialty” and he
won a plaque and $500. A total of eleven chefs from Iowa restaurants competed
for the top prize in this year’s contest at the Des Moines
2011 Iowa Pork Queen Cheyenne McNichols with Chef Jon Nelson, 2012 Iowa Pork Taste of Elegance Chef Par Excellence
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Nearly 300 invited guests enjoyed the evening reception
Marriott. A visiting chef from Manitoba, Canada,
competed, but was only eligible for the People’s Choice 2012 Taste of Elegance Participating Chefs
• Chef Aaron King - Dos Rios/Big City Burgers
Each of the chefs was required to use a fresh pork cut & Greens/Catering, Des Moines
in an original entrée. The winning pork dishes were • Chef Patricia Weidner - Prairie Meadows Racetrack
selected on the basis of taste, appearance and originality & Casino, Altoona
by a panel of judges.
• Chef Rick Beaulieu - Bev’s On The River, Sioux City
Following the day’s competition, nearly 300 invited • Chef Jon Nelson - Diamond Jo Casino, Dubuque
guests enjoyed the evening reception and samples of
• Chef Ephraim Malag - Tournament Club of Iowa,
each contestant’s entrée, as well as samples from several
Central Iowa wineries.
• Chef Rob Thomas - Manitoba, Canada
The Taste of Elegance is a Pork Checkoff-funded culinary • Chef Justin Scardina - La Rana Bistro. Decorah
competition designed to inspire innovative and exciting
• Chef Andrew James Weis - Caroline’s Restaurant/
ways to menu pork. This event brings together talented
Hotel Julian, Dubuque
chefs from across Iowa for an elegant occasion that
highlights pork and its popularity as a menu favorite. • Chef Bryan Manning - Hotel Fort Des Moines/
Raccoon River Brewing Co., Des Moines
The 2012 IPPA Taste of Elegance competition helped • Chef Robert Day - The Faithful Pilot Café & Spirits,
kick off the 40th annual Iowa Pork Congress, held Jan. 25 Le Claire
and 26 at the Iowa Events Center.
• Chef Henry Rodriguez - Otis & Henry’s Bar & Grill,
• Chef Daniel Ankrum - Art House Café, Waterloo
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Mastering Meaty Messages:
Keynote speaker decodes activist communications, urges producers to
By Darcy Maulsby
Ever wonder why activist groups have been so effective have taken a faith-based communications approach
at attacking animal agriculture and influencing public (www.humanesociety.org/about/departments/faith/) that:
opinion? It starts with the power of persuasion.
• Targets pet owners and taps into their feelings
“These groups know that pet-owning, meat-eating about companion animals to undermine animal
consumers have one animal in their heart and one agriculture. People who love their cat or dog are
on their plate,” said Dr. Wes Jamison, an associate made to feel bad about having one animal as a
professor of communication at Palm Beach atlantic “family member” while eating other animals for food,
University who was the keynote speaker at the 2012 said Jamison, who noted that it’s not unusual for
Iowa Pork congress. “activist groups excel at repeating these people to be willing to spend $4,000 on a hip
simple, easy-to-understand messages that are relevant replacement for a 12-year-old poodle. “Today’s urban
to this audience.” society views animals in a fundamentally different way
than we have in the past. The public has lost contact
animal rights activism often functions like a religious with their food supply, and the contact that they do
belief, added Jamison, who noted that this belief have with animals is much different than when we
stresses that livestock confinement systems go against were an agrarian society. People are now encouraged
God’s natural order. To spread their message, groups to view production agriculture animals in the same
like the humane Society of the United States (hSUS) way they view their pets.”
Dr. Wes Jamison makes a point during his keynote address at the 2012 Iowa Pork Congress.
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• Makes people feel guilty for using animals as us to bring animals from farm to family. We
food, but doesn’t ask them to stop eating meat. farmers take that sacred trust very seriously.” In
Instead, activist groups ask people to “help stop/ addition, farmers must re-consecrate the act of
reduce the suffering” by contributing money or giving using animals to disarm opponents’ arguments
political support. “consumers are told that they that animals are a mere commodity. This involves
don’t have to change their consumption habits,” re-framing the view of animal agriculture around
said Jamison, who has studied the animal rights respect and thankfulness, Jamison said. a
movement for nearly 20 years. “They just have to viable message could communicate that, “We
help activist groups help the pigs by donating money acknowledge the sacrifice that animals make for
to support the groups’ legislative efforts.” us. We treat them with respect and thankfulness
and are grateful that animal agriculture provides
activist groups also are using undercover videos of food security.”
alleged animal abuse on farms to spur action from their
latest target — grocery retailers. “animal advocates have Farmers also must be aware of the pitfalls of
targeted retailers to bring about ‘value chain disruption,’” brand hypocrisy, which can occur when an
Jamison said. “retailers guard their brands jealously, individual, a company or an industry does not live
and when a potential animal welfare scandal appears up to the values it appears to embrace. consider
to negatively affect their brand, they will take immediate Tiger Woods’ fall from grace that marred his brand
action rather than suffer brand diminishment or cede a of perfection and excellence.
competitive advantage to other retailers regarding animal
welfare.” “In pork production, it’s important to walk the talk
of the industry’s We care program,” Jamison said.
Taking control of the message Just one negative video that demonstrates brand
hypocrisy can lead to a brand crisis that damages
Given all these attacks on animal agriculture, what pork producers’ credibility.”
can the pork industry do to take control? Jamison said
producers must lead the charge. Farmers must be willing Pork producers also will have to become more
to demonstrate what they do on the farm, as well as how sophisticated with the messages they use to
and why they do it. communicate their story, stressed Jamison, who
noted that the stakes are high. “With a growing
“If we don’t do this, we’re providing the opponents of global population and increased demand for food,
animal agriculture with a ready-made opportunity to there’s no question that pork production will take
show a video of our production or processing practices place somewhere in the world. The big question
and make it look like we’re hiding something. animal is where this production will occur. Beating the
agriculture must be able to stand up for itself and morally activists at their own game will provide a key
claim the high ground, saying, ‘What we do is the right opportunity for farmers to keep producing pork
thing to do.’” here at home.”
When sharing agriculture’s story with the public, Jamison
recommends using messages like, “consumers trust
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IPPa announces 2011 Master Pork Producers
Iowa’s best pork producers production cycle, and an
have been named Master Pork understanding of industry issues
Producers by the Iowa Pork such as quality assurance, animal
Producers association and Iowa identification and animal welfare
State University since 1942. The are other keys to receiving the
producers selected for the 2011 award.
award have joined an impressive
list of the best and brightest pork There is considerable diversity
producers of the past seven and specialization in pork
decades. production in Iowa today and
the 2011 class of Master Pork
While production methods have evolved over the years, Producers is representative of the diversification. The
so have the selection criteria. Today’s Master Pork majority of hog farming is still done primarily by farm
Producer candidates must take daily responsibility for families and the production diversity helps maintain the
the health and well-being of the swine in their care to strength of the Iowa pork industry and enables Iowa
be considered. Production efficiency with supporting producers to compete successfully in the domestic and
records, expertise in one or more segments of the international commodity and specialty markets.
Congratulations to the 70th class of Master Pork Producers!
Bernard and David Arnts
alta, Buena Vista county
Bernard and David have raised pigs for 24 years and run a
coordinated 250-sow farrow-to-finish system on two locations.
In 2010, they marketed nearly 4,000 hogs to hormel and
Producers Livestock. They apply manure from their operation
to 1,000 corn and soybean acres, which are part of their family business.
The arnts brothers are both PQa Plus®- and TQa®-certified. Their pork site has been
PQa Plus-assessed and they have registered their premises with the National animal
Bernard and David are active in the Buena Vista county Pork Producers association. Bernard also is a member of the
alta community Education Foundation and David is a township trustee.
Bernard and his wife, Peg, and David and his wife, cheryl, are active in church, school and community activities. Peg
and cheryl both work off the farm as preschool teachers. Bernard and Peg have four children. David and cheryl have
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Randy and Deb Cooklin
Jefferson, Greene county
The cooklins have been raising pigs for 43 years and they
currently feed pigs on contract at separate sites for two larger
area hog farmers.
Deb operates a 600-head nursery for a local family business and randy manages a 3,300-
head wean-to-finish site purchased in 2009. The cooklins provide all of the labor and
management for both sites. Both are very conscious of biosecurity and herd health issues.
randy and Deb are PQa Plus- and TQa-certified and their sites have been PQa Plus-assessed.
In addition to raising hogs, the cooklins manage a cow-calf herd and farm 500 acres of crop ground.
Both are active in church and community activities and have served as 4-h leaders for more than 25 years. randy and Deb are
active in both the Greene county Pork Producer and cattlemen’s associations. randy has been on the local cattlemen’s board
for more than 20 years and has served as beef superintendent at their county fair for several years.
The cooklins have three adult children and two grandchildren.
Steve and Lavonne Flygstad
Ellsworth, hamilton county
The Flygstads have been in pork production for 37 years and
are currently raising hogs on contract with Murphy-Brown, LLc.
In 2004, with the encouragement of Murphy-Brown staff, Steve
and LaVonne leased 20 barns from Murphy-Brown and assumed management of another
24 finishing barns. They have purchased 10 barns and manage the other 29 for a variety
of owners, both local and distant. In 2006, all sites were converted to wean-to-finish.
The Flygstads now operate 39 barns in central Iowa with their daughter, Lisa, and two
employees. LaVonne and Lisa start each group while Steve is responsible for finishing and building maintenance. They
all assist with receiving weaned pigs and market swine load-outs.
Steve, LaVonne and all of their employees are PQa Plus-certified. all of the production sites are PQa Plus-assessed and
have manure management plans. Manure is applied on adjacent land or sold by the building owners.
The couple is active in their local church and community. They also have hosted a number of foreign and supplier visitors
who want to understand modern U.S. pork production.
The Flygstads have two adult children and three grandchildren.
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David and Kim Friese
Washington, Washington county
The Friese family operates a 550-head nursery and 1,100-
head finisher in Washington county. Two nearby finish facili-
ties David built are leased to a local producer.
They have an ownership share in Walnut Meadows Sow center that supplies 550 weaned
pigs every nine weeks. Market hogs are sold to Excel in Ottumwa.
David has been raising pigs for 21 years and provides labor and management for the
hog operation. he is PQa Plus-certified and the sites have been PQa Plus-assessed. David and Kim also farm 750 acres
of crop ground.
The Frieses are active in church and school activities and serve on the Washington School advisory committee and as
volunteer classroom aides. a retired fire and rescue member, David still helps with fire safety demonstrations for school-
children. he is active at the Washington county Swine Fair and helps grill for county pork functions.
David and Kim have three sons.
Ben and Janelle Johnson
Ireton, Plymouth county
Ben has raised pigs for five years since graduating from
South Dakota State University. The Johnsons are part-owners
and operators of two 2,400-head wean-to-finish buildings and
Ben finishes hogs on a contract basis for a large integrator.
Ben has shown his commitment to doing things right by earning certification in the
pork industry’s PQa Plus and TQa programs and having his production site PQa Plus-
The Johnsons live on a century Farm and Ben raises 550 acres of row crops with an uncle.
Ben and Janelle are both active in the Iowa Farm Bureau. They currently are on the Young Farmer advisory committee
and have been recognized as emerging young farm leaders. Ben is active in the Plymouth county Pork Producers
association and participates in grilling and other activities. Janelle is office manager for the Iowa State University
Extension office in Plymouth county.
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Joel and Faye Kooima
rock Valley, Sioux county
Pork producers for 40 years, the Kooimas own a 130-sow
farrow-to-finish operation. Joel and Faye also partner with
several of their four sons on contract finishers in the rock Valley
area. They are very aware of biosecurity concerns and manage
their operation to minimize visitors and other risks.
Joel is PQa Plus- and TQa-certified and his sites have been PQa Plus-assessed.
he applies all manure from this site and receives manure from the partner units to fertilize their crop ground. They farm about
700 acres, equally split between corn and soybeans, and are pleased with the value of the manure the hogs produce for the
The Kooimas are long-time members of the Sioux county Pork Producers association. They also participate in church and
community activities and enjoy spending time with their seven grandchildren.
Dows, Franklin county
Muhlenbruch, who has raised hogs for 34 years, is now a
contract finisher for Murphy-Brown, LLc. he owns and operates
a 4,000-head wean-to-finish site described as one of the most
productive in the Murphy-Brown district.
Dallas and his son, Tyler, who recently joined the business, are both PQa Plus-certified and
the production site has been PQa Plus-assessed.
In addition to the swine business, Muhlenbruch also raises corn and soybeans on 2,000 acres around the production site.
Dallas and his wife, Kim, are active in church and community affairs and they take great pride in multi-generational family
activities. They have four adult sons and two grandchildren.
Muhlenbruch has been active in the Iowa corn and Soybean organizations. he was president of the Iowa Soybean
association and has served on the Franklin county Soil and Water conservation Board. he is a member of the Farmers
Mutual Insurance Board and is a past member of the Farmers coop Board.
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Whittemore, Kossuth county
Nicolaus has raised hogs for 30 years, but 24 of those years
were spent in Ohio where he also custom-farmed 400 acres
for 15 owners and worked as an over-the-road trucker. When
his wife suddenly passed away, Tom and his teenage son
came to Iowa and settled in the Whittemore area. he currently custom feeds hogs for
another area producer and Whittemore Feeds. his operation sold 1,200 feeder pigs and
3,000 market hogs to various packers in 2010.
Tom is PQa Plus-certified and the site has been PQa Plus-assessed.
Nicolaus also grows 400 acres of corn and soybeans and applies manure from the hog barns to the fields under an
approved manure management plan. he also does custom manure application.
Tom is active in the Kossuth county Pork Producers and he also assists with the local FFa chapter. his son is an Iowa
State University student.
Iowa Falls, hardin county
Whiley joined Iowa Select Farms in 1993 and became director
of finishing in 2008. he has been involved in pork production
for 30 years. allen’s responsible for all production decisions,
grower/contractor relations, marketing strategies and capacity
utilization. he and his management team oversee pork production at 528 nursery, wean-
finish and grow/finish sites throughout Iowa. Whiley manages 240 employees and 340
contract producers to raise three million market hogs annually. he also manages the
Iowa Select research farm, where feed and nutritional research is conducted.
allen and all his employees and contractors are PQa Plus- and TQa-certified and all of the production sites have been
PQa Plus-assessed. Iowa Select’s recent introduction of the Selectcare initiative requires all of the sites to undergo
annual PQa Plus assessments and internal animal well-being audits.
Whiley and his wife, Kim, have two grown children and one grandson. Both are active in church and civic activities and
allen has previously coached youth sports.
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Iowa Purebred Swine council selects its top
seedstock producer for 2011
The Iowa Purebred Swine council has named its Master Seedstock award winner for 2011.
robert Behnkendorf of algona was presented with the award at the 40th annual Iowa Pork congress Banquet in Des
Moines Jan. 25.
The Iowa Purebred Swine council has sponsored the Master Seedstock award since 1958. Its purpose is to recognize significant
contributions to the Iowa and national purebred industries and for evidence of genetic improvements within their selected breeds
for the benefit of Iowa, the nation and, in many cases, internationally.
Behnkendorf has raised purebred swine for 35 years
under a variety of arrangements. he and his brother,
Dennis, operated the original Behnkendorf Brothers herd
from 1962 until 1967. Dispersal was required due to
completion of college and pending military obligations.
In 1982, Bob guided his sons into production of the Spots
breed. They expanded to include hampshire and chester
White breeds and operated until 1997. In the interim, they
graduated from Iowa State University and moved onto
other careers. In 1997, Bob took over and maintained
the Spots and Black Poland china breeds with a few
Throughout the 1980s and ‘90s, Bob was a hormel hog
buyer and later became the Kossuth county Extension
Behnkendorf rents several production facilities outside
algona. he sells purebred breeding stock and crossbreds
for show pigs. he markets custom butchering through a
local locker plant. his true loves are the purebred pigs and
teaching those around him about his breeds.
Bob and wife, Pat, are PQa Plus-certified. They have no
crop production or other livestock. Bob is current president
of the Iowa Purebred Swine council and has taken an
active role in enhancing that organization.
Behnkendorf has been an Iowa State Fair exhibitor since 1982 and has won numerous Premier Exhibitor awards. he had a reserve
champion Spot in the 2011 Iowa State Fair. he also is a member of the Iowa 4-h hall of Fame.
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2011 IPPa Pork all-american award
a farm couple from Washington has been named the 2011 Pork all-
american by the Iowa Pork Producers association.
Dan and rachel Berdo received their award during the 40th annual Iowa
Pork congress Banquet in Des Moines Jan. 25.
The Iowa Pork Producers association and the Iowa State University
Extension Service have named a Pork all american each year since
1970. The award was established to honor a young pork producer who
is recognized as a successful and dedicated businessperson and a
community leader. It’s the highest honor an individual pork producer can
receive! The recipient must be an IPPa Master Pork Producer and under the
age of 40.
The Berdos own and manage a 700-sow farrow-to-finish operation with
Dan’s father, John. They constructed a 1,200-head finishing barn in 2010,
but most of the grower pigs are placed with local contract finishers. Breeding
is on one site with sows moved prior to farrowing.
Dan and rachel strive to maintain maximum productivity. There are seven
rooms of stalls with continuous farrowing. They wean every two weeks at
two sites. Weaned pigs are sent to an off-site nursery to improve health and
Dan and two employees working with pigs are PQa Plus- and TQa-certified and all sites are PQa Plus-assessed.
Dan spreads the manure for his sites on 415 crop acres and on contractor land with contract sites. rachel works to keep
books both for their operation and for her parents, Jerome and heidi Vittetoe, 1991 Pork all-americans.
The Berdos have an agreement with contractors to purchase corn to feed for the operation. all feed is made on the home
site in a modern mill and delivered.
Both Dan and rachel are busy with church and school activities, and with the Washington county Pork Producers. Dan is
on the Washington State Bank advisory committee.
Dan and rachel have four children.
Previous IPPA Pork All-American Award Winners
2010 aaron and Trish cook 1998 Marla conley, cherokee 1986 Kent and ross Paustian, Walcott
2009 Mike and Sarah Ver Steeg, Inwood 1997 rick and Brad Moser, Larchwood 1985 robert Jon Dircks, clarence
2008 Dana and Nicky Sleezer, aurelia 1996 rodney, Brian, Dwight and Perry Mogler, alvord 1984 Dennis Friest, radcliffe
2007 Todd Wiley, Walker 1995 rob and char Brenneman, Washington 1983 Dennis and robert Baker, State center
2006 Brian Monaghan, ryan 1994 Joe and Linda Scallon, Iowa Falls 1982 harold Trask, renwick
2005 Joel and Bryce Van Gilst, Oskaloosa 1993 roger and Linda coon, Lohrville 1981 Duane Miller, Wellman
2004 Mike Pech, Winthrop 1992 Jon caspers, Swaledale 1980 Dave hausman, Onawa
2003 Thadd, Travis, Trent and Troy Knoblock, rock rapids 1991 Jerome and heidi Vittetoe, Washington 1979 Bill riggan, Washington
2002 David Moody, ames 1990 Dr. John a Korslund, Eagle Grove 1978 Jim Sobolick, cresco
2001 allen and Darrel Burt, Marshalltown 1989 arvin and Laura Vos, Otley 1977 Keith Kuhn, Moville
2000 Tom and Nancy McDonald, hopkinton 1988 David Litscher, Stanwood
1999 Tom Floy, Thornton 1987 Michael Bovy, Waterloo
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Southeast Iowa pork producers are top
environmental stewards for 2011
a young pork producer family from southeast Iowa has been
named the state’s top environmental stewards for 2011.
The Iowa Pork Producers association presented ryan
and Lana reed of Ottumwa with the 2011 Environmental
Steward award during the 40th annual Iowa Pork congress
Banquet in Des Moines Jan. 25. The reeds received a
trophy and $1,000 cash as part of the award.
ryan and Lana manage a 4,800-head feeder-to-finish farm
north of Ottumwa, where ryan was born and raised. They
feed roughly 12,000 hogs annually for cargill Pork, LLc.
The reeds built their barns in 2007 and worked with the
coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers to properly site the
facilities to limit potential impacts on their neighbors.
They worked with cSIF’s Green Farmstead Partner ryan and Lana have three children - conner, Kylee
program to plant a 1,200-tree buffer around the facility to Jo and colt ryan - and the family represents the sixth
reduce odor and particulate matter exiting the farm. The generation of reeds to continue the farming tradition in
buffer also provides a home to wildlife and greatly adds Wapello county.
to the aesthetics of the operation. The tree buffer also is
enrolled in the conservation reserve Program. The Environmental Steward award was established
in 2007 by the IPPa Environmental committee
Manure is injected as specified in a manure management to recognize pork producers who go above and
plan with the Iowa Department of Natural resources. beyond in environmental stewardship. The selection
a nitrogen stabilizer is used to preserve nutrients and committee judges nominees on the producer’s manure
assist in maintaining water quality. ryan also is a certified management, soil and water conservation practices,
commercial applicator. air quality strategies, wildlife habitat management, and
environmental management innovations.
Mortalities from the hog operation are disposed through
an on-farm compost facility. This aids in preservation of The selection committee consists of the IPPa Board of
biosecurity on the farm. Directors, the IPPa Environmental committee, Iowa State
University Extension and Pheasants Forever.
The reeds are consistently evaluating new environmental
technologies. as president of Tri-Family Farms, LLc, ryan
works with two other local farm families to study alternative
energy sources for the hog barns. The reeds hope to
incorporate more of these technologies in the future.
Neighbor and community relations also are important to
the reeds. They host a Fourth of July picnic each year to
communicate with neighbors and talk about life on the farm.
They are PQa Plus-certified and have completed the PQa
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honorary Master Pork Producers
for 2011 announced
The Iowa Pork Producers association annually recognizes two individuals who have worked tirelessly in their professions to make
a positive impact on Iowa’s pork industry. Those honored with the honorary Master Pork Producer award have exhibited out-
standing and distinguished service to the betterment and success of Iowa’s pork producers. The recipients are selected by the
IPPa Board of Directors and the program is funded by the Pork checkoff.
IPPa’s 2011 honorary Master Pork Producers are Iowa Secretary of agriculture Bill Northey and farm broadcaster Bob Quinn.
The Honorable Bob Quinn
Bill Northey Quinn spends
Northey graduated from countless hours
Iowa State University each year delivering
in 1981, after which he agriculture news and
returned to Spirit Lake to promoting pork over
farm with his grandfather. the airways for WhO
radio in Des Moines.
he was elected Iowa
Secretary of agriculture he graduated from
in 2006 and is currently Iowa State University
serving his second term and joined WhO in
after re-election in 2010. he continues to farm corn and 1983 and has been
soybeans, in his free time, near Spirit Lake. heavily involved in farm broadcasting since then. he is
the early morning voice for farm programs and teams
Bill’s priorities as secretary of agriculture include advanc- with Mark Pearson for WhO’s Big Show over the noon
ing opportunities available through renewable energy, hour.
promoting conservation and stewardship and telling the
story of Iowa agriculture in Iowa, the U.S. and abroad. Bob frequently invites IPPa representatives to talk about
he also has committed to traveling to each of Iowa’s 99 pork during The Big Show and has hosted numerous
counties every year to hear from farmers and rural resi- remote broadcasts for IPPa, the coalition to Support
dents with a stake in Iowa’s agricultural future. Iowa’s Farmers and other pork industry interests. he is
a tremendous advocate of the pork industry, featuring
The secretary has been instrumental in promoting Iowa numerous pork-related guests and topics.
pork and agricultural products overseas. Over the past
year, Northey accompanied IPPa representatives on trade Quinn also delivers the Iowa Pork royalty portion of the
missions to South Korea and Japan to help tell pork’s annual Iowa Pork congress Banquet program.
story and build on important existing foreign markets.
Bob lives in West Des Moines with his wife, ann.
Northey also served on the steering committee for the
Iowa agriscope 2030 project.
his open communication style and dedication to Iowa’s
agriculture industries has directly benefited pork produc-
ers and many others involved in producing food, fuel and
fiber across the state of Iowa.
Bill currently resides near Spirit Lake with his wife, cindy.
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2011 IPPa Membership awards
Recognizing the people and county organizations who are working to keep the Iowa pork industry strong!
Many individual pork producers and their county organizations devote considerable time and effort each year
to educating the public about the industry, promoting pork and working to increase membership in their county
pork groups and the Iowa Pork Producers association. The outstanding work of these producers and county pork
organizations is recognized each year during the Iowa Pork congress and the IPPa annual Meeting. The 2011 IPPa
awards were presented during the annual Meeting Luncheon Jan. 24, 2012, at the Des Moines Marriott.
Membership is the backbone of the Iowa Pork Producers association and the county pork organizations. IPPa proudly
recognizes the county organizations that successfully retain and attract new members to the organization. Iowa’s organized
counties recruited 4,159 producer/members in 2011, a 5 percent increase from 2010!
Membership dues are used for non-checkoff purposes such as regulatory and public policy efforts. IPPa has used
membership money to address price reporting, environmental issues, animal identification, foreign trade barriers and legal
challenges on behalf of pork producers.
awards for Largest county Membership, Early Bird Membership, Direct Mail Bonus, Over-Goal Membership, Largest
Percentage Over Goal, the county With the Most New Members Over 2010, and county Involvement were presented by
conley Nelson, chairman of the IPPa Membership committee.
Largest County Membership County Involvement Award - 24 Counties
Award – Washington County
Heather Hora from Washington County 2011 County Involvement Award winners
with the Largest County
Membership Award. The county Involvement award was participation and grilling at the Iowa
created by IPPa in 2006 to honor Pork Tent, to placing newspaper ads
and reward counties that maintain an or purchasing billboard space. Each
Washington county has quietly built
active presence and support the state county that earned 2,000 points for
a dynasty when it comes to recruiting
organization. The program includes their activities received $50. The top
new members and winning this award.
all areas, from annual meeting 10 counties each received $100.
The county did it again in 2011,
the 6th straight year, recruiting 235 Adair * Chickasaw Hamilton* Marshall Story*
producer/members. Benton* Clay Hardin* Page Tama
Buchanan Delaware* Jefferson Plymouth* Washington*
Buena vista Franklin Kossuth Scott Webster
Cherokee* Green Marion Sioux*
* denotes top 10 county!
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The 2011 Over Goal Membership Award recipients 2011 Early Bird Membership Award winners
over-Goal Membership Award – 32 counties Early Bird Membership Award – 5 counties
These are the counties that reached or exceeded their 2011
membership goal. The goals are determined by taking the The following counties earned certificates by filing their
three-year average of a county’s membership and then membership lists with IPPa by the March 1 deadline:
increasing it 2 percent.
Adair Fayette Mitchell Buchanan County
Audubon Franklin Plymouth Delaware County
Benton Greene Poweshiek Lyon County
Black Hawk Hamilton Sac Tama County
Buchanan Howard Sioux
Butler Ida Story
Cerro Gordo Jefferson Taylor
Cherokee Kossuth van Buren
Chickasaw Lyon Warren
Crawford Madison Washington
Dallas Marshall Worth
Largest Percentage over-Goal Award
Franklin County County representatives from two of the 35
Franklin county received additional recognition for 2011 Direct Mail Bonus Award winners
passing its goal by the greatest percentage for the
second straight year! Direct Mail Bonus Award – 35 counties
These are the counties that elected to have IPPa mail
County with Most New Members over 2010 membership forms directly to producers and have the
Sioux County producers return them directly to the state office.
Sioux county recruited 34 new members in 2011. Benton County Howard County Page County
Cass County Iowa County Plymouth County
Cedar County Jackson County Sac County
Cherokee County Jasper County Scott County
Clayton County Johnson County Story County
Crawford County Jones County Taylor County
Des Moines County Kossuth County van Buren County
Fayette County Linn County Wapello County
Franklin County Mahaska County Warren County
Congratulations to all of the Grundy County Marion County Winneshiek County
Hamilton County Mitchell County Worth County
2011 IPPA award winners! Hancock County Montgomery County
We appreciate your hard work and dedication!
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2011 IPPa Project awards
outstanding County Promotion and Education Project Awards
Pork promotion helps keep pork top of mind for consumers and enhances demand for the products. Whether it’s a
grilling, a store promotion or sampling at a major public event by a county organization, being in front of the public
is important. When pork producers get involved, consumers listen. They want to know who is producing their food.
Promotions are a great way to share our commitment to providing safe and wholesome products for their families.
Many county pork producer groups actively promote the product every year and several had successful pork
promotions in 2011. The Best county Promotion and Education Program awards, as well as the hog Wild and Belle
ringer awards were presented Jan. 24 by IPPa Promotion committee chairman curtis Meier.
Best County Promotion Program – Plymouth County
The Plymouth county Pork Producers has operated a
concession stand at the county Fair every year since 1990.
The Grandstand Pork concession features a new pork product
every year. at the 2011 fair, the feature was the “Brat of the
Day.” customers could choose bacon cheddar, mushroom
and swiss, pineapple, pepperjack and original brats and
1,120 skinless pork brats were sold during the five-day fair.
Grandstand Pork also features its infamous “chop in a Glove,”
pork loin sandwiches and pork hot dogs. Plymouth county
also handed out 150 t-shirts featuring the Grandstand Pork
and Pork® Be inspiredSM logos to anyone who worked in
the stand. another new idea was giving away refillable mugs
imprinted with the logos. customers received the mugs for
free when they purchased a soda. Grandstand Pork sold 500
Ben Johnson accepts the Best County Promotion Program mugs during the fair.
for Plymouth County from 2011
Iowa Pork Queen Cheyenne McNichols. The Plymouth county Pork Producers also grilled and gave
away more than 600 pork hot dogs during the county fair hog
show. They sponsored some of the hog show trophies, door
prizes at the cooking school and also provided prizes for the
Pride of Iowa contest.
For 32 years, the Plymouth county Pork Producers has
had an active presence at the county Fair. It’s estimated
that Grandstand Pork and various newspaper and radio
promotions has enabled the county group to reach more than
90,000 fairgoers with their pork message.
“We are proud of our entire team of pork producers from
Plymouth county” their nomination form read. “It takes an
outstanding membership to make all of this happen in just a
few days of summer.”
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Best County Educational Program – Plymouth and Tama Counties
Educating consumers about pork is often a challenge, but very important to the future success of the pork industry. Two
counties were recognized for their education efforts in 2011. The winners not only educated their county schools and
4-hers about the pork industry, but other facets of agriculture as well.
harold Lee with the Plymouth county Pork Producers has
taken a four to seven day-old piglet to Kuckhon Elementary
School in Le Mars for a “Show & Tell” every year for the last
four years. he started when his daughter was in kindergarten.
Lee’s visits have been well-received by the kids and faculty.
along with the piglet, harold shows video clips he made at
his sow farm and hands out IPPa promotional materials such
as pig erasers, pencils and bookmarks. his target audience
has grown from preschooler’s to 3rd and 4th grade students.
harold’s goal with this project has been to get the message
out to students and school faculty that animal agriculture is
important because it directly and indirectly impacts so many
people in the community and the state. This has been a great
way to show that pigs can be raised in a clean and humane
2011 Iowa Pork Princess Chelsey Branderhorst Tama County
presents the Best County Educational Program Award In 2011, the Tama county 4-h Youth committee decided
to Harold Lee. to show the Tama county Fair swine exhibitors how a hog
carcass is broken down and cut up for meat. after the county
fair pig weigh-in, the committee invited Maynard Wedmore,
a local butcher, to come in and cut up a hog carcass and
give the 4-hers a chance to see the entire process. Maynard
showed the kids how pork is cut into wholesale and retail cuts.
he also showed them some of the less popular cuts and what
cultures enjoyed those cuts. a total of 15 4-hers and some
parents showed up for the workshop.
“as pork producers, we want the kids to see all parts and
aspects of pork production” read Tama county’s nomination
form. “In past years, we have toured plants, posted pigs and
held other activities to keep their interest in showing hogs at
the fair. We hope through our efforts that they would decide to
become pork producers in the future.”
David Brezina accepts the 2011 Best County Educational
Program Award from 2011 Iowa
Premier Pork Youth Ambassador Derek Brown.
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hog Wild, Belle ringer awards Presented
The Iowa Pork Producers association named its 2012 county Fair Board. Otis also packs and delivers pork
state hog Wild and Belle ringer award winners during the weekly for Delaware county Meats.
IPPa annual Meeting Luncheon in Des Moines Jan. 24.
Prior to receiving the state award, helmrichs, David
These awards are presented each year by the IPPa Sullivan of cherokee county and Phillip McKenna of Tama
Promotions committee to individuals who commit time county were named district hog Wild award winners.
and effort to introducing consumers to new pork products,
educating restaurants and retailers about pork, and For someone who has never served on the county Board
assisting with county and state promotions. or raised hogs, Jean Palmer has certainly outdone
herself in Iowa pork promotion.
Gary helmrichs received the state hog Wild award and
Jean Palmer was presented with the state Belle ringer
award. Both are from Manchester in Delaware county.
Nancy McDonald accepts the award for Jean Palmer from
2011 Iowa Premier Pork Youth Ambassador Derek Brown.
State Hog Wild Award recipient Gary “Otis” Helmrichs Jean and her husband, roger, were asked by her brother
with 2011 Iowa Pork Princess Chelsey Branderhorst. to help grill at a promotional event years ago and she
is still helping today. When people see the Delaware
helmrichs has been an active member of the Delaware county Grill Team, Jean is there — whether it’s at the IPPa
county Pork Producers for 35 years and promotes pork 4th of July and Labor Day Fareway promotions, the Iowa
wherever he goes. he has served on the county board for Pork Tent, Bumper Brigade in Iowa city or the annual
four years. Gary, or “Otis” as he’s known to most, has coggon harvest home.
worked at several county swine weigh-ins, swine shows
and livestock sales. For the past 20 years, Jean also has helped grill for the
4-h Food Stand at the Delaware county Fair and the 4-h
For more than 30 years, he has been a member of the sale auction. She has volunteered for many years at the
Delaware county Pork Grill Team. he has served on the county pork barbecue.
Iowa State Fair Pork Tent committee since 1981. Otis has
grilled and served pork at the Delaware county 4-h Jean is active with her church and helps with the Knights
Food Stand and livestock auction for 25 years. he also of columbus in her community of Manchester. When not
supports the annual 4-h pie auction fundraiser, making a promoting pork, the Palmers attend activities that involve
great “hog Pan cherry Pie.” her grown adult children and grandchildren.
Otis is active in church activities and helps with many 4-h Palmer and amy Vossberg of Bremer county received
activities. he has served for 13 years on the Delaware district Belle ringer awards.
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Iowa Pork Congress Kickoff Reception and Auction
Foundation scholarship fund gets
The nearly 300 people who attended hammered-metal pig bench, farm
the annual Iowa Pork congress animal framed mirror and other items
Kickoff reception and auction Jan. donated by 2011 IPPa President Leon
24 at the Iowa Events center in Des Sheets and his wife, Barb, raised
Moines helped raise significant dollars $1,100 and a grilling by the Tama
for youth scholarships. county Pork Producers went for $1,000.
The auction raised $16,810 for the The auction was again conducted
Iowa Pork Foundation’s scholarship by auctioneer Mike christensen and
program during a light and lively Steve Maynes of christensen auction
prelude to the 2012 Iowa Pork Services. They were assisted by
congress. That topped last year’s Ernie Barnes from the National Pork
total by just under $4,000. joined IPPa producer leaders and Board; Pete houska of the National
others for the social hour, pork buffet Pork Producers council; the IPPa
Pork producers, allied business and auction. Board of Directors, Tyler Bettin, cody
partners and trade show exhibitors McKinley and Kelly Sheets from
More than 40 contributors including IPPa staff; 2011 Iowa Pork Queen
IPPa staff, allied business partners, cheyenne McNichols, Princess
county pork producer groups and chelsey Branderhorst and Premier
individual pork producers donated items Pork Youth ambassador Derek Brown
for bidding. auction items included and foundation scholarship winners.
“Glow in the Dark” beverage containers,
handmade quilts, Kansas Speedway IPPa and the Iowa Pork Foundation
race tickets, carvings, welcome signs, extend sincere thanks to everyone
gift baskets and many more. who attended, donated and
purchased auction items, helping
The speedway package was donated make the event a great success.
by SFP and brought in $1,150. a
Thank you to the following auction contributors!
aDa Enterprises International Nutrition Nioex Systems
andrew Dickson Iowa Events center Phibro animal health corp
Bill Tentinger Iowa FFa Foundation Pride of the Farm
chelsey Branderhorst, 2011 Pork Princess Iowa hawkeyes rex & Joyce hoppes
cheyenne McNichols – 2011 Pork Queen Iowa State cyclone club rich & Nancy Degner
chickasaw county Pork Producers John & Kathy Weber Scott Tapper
craig rowles Kelly Sheets SFP
Derek Brown – 2011 Pork ambassador Latham for congress Sleezer Fertility center
Des Moines Marriott Leon & Barb Sheets Tama county Pork Producers
Doug & Jeannette Fricke Lynch livestock Inc Tomco chemical
Eldon Mcafee Manitoba Pork council Tyler Bettin
hog Slat Marting Mfg of Iowa Udder Tech
IFa roller-Grinder National Pork Producers council Vittetoe Inc/Show Stopper Equipment
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Des Moines residents enjoy free
pork lunch at Winter Pork Picnic
The always popular Winter Pork Picnic attracted another industry and thank consumers for purchasing pork and
large crowd Jan. 25 as the Iowa Pork Producers supporting the industry. chips, pop, ice cream and pork
association conducted its annual Iowa Pork congress loin samples also were served.
promotion in downtown Des Moines.
Several pork prizes were given away and attendees were
The Tama given discount coupons for fresh pork at Fareway Stores.
county Pork IPPa accepted free-will donations to be given to the Food
Producers and Bank of Iowa to help feed Iowa’s hungry and the public
several other came through in a big way. Nearly $1,200 was collected
volunteers for the Food Bank and IPPa donated 76 pounds of
grilled and leftover meat.
ground pork The 14th annual Winter Pork Picnic was supported by
and bacon participating sponsors Fareway Stores, Webster city
burgers from custom Meats, rotella’s Italian Bakery, Frito Lay, Pepsi
11 a.m. to 1 americas, cookies Food Products, Wells Blue Bunny and
p.m. at capital Tyson Fresh Meat.
2012 Iowa Pork youth contestants and
many other producers and volunteers
celebrate the During the lunch, pork producers ryan and Lana reed from
helped with the promotion.
Iowa pork Ottumwa received the “Wergin Good Farm Neighbor award”
for January. The presentation was carried live on WhO radio.
The Winter Pork Picnic attracted a large crowd to Capital Square in Des Moines for a free pork lunch.
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2012 Iowa Pork Youth Team selected
The 2012 Iowa Pork Youth Team was introduced Jan. 25 during the 40th annual Iowa
Pork congress Banquet in Des Moines.
The new pork royalty is Lindsay reth, Iowa Pork Queen; Sterling Schnepf, Iowa Pork
Princess and Jacob Swanson, Iowa Premier Pork Youth ambassador.
reth is a senior at West Delaware high School. She is the daughter of russ and Dianne
reth of Manchester. Lindsay plans to attend Wartburg college in Waverly next fall and
study business administration.
2012 Iowa Pork Princess Sterling Schnepf is a sophomore at Iowa State University. She is
majoring in animal science pre-graduate studies. Sterling is the daughter of richard and
Sharon Schnepf of Granville in Plymouth county.
Lindsay Reth, a total of eight county pork queens competed during the Iowa Pork congress for the
2012 Iowa Pork Queen 2012 IPPa crowns.
The new Iowa Premier Pork Youth ambassador hails from Ottumwa in Wapello county.
Jacob Swanson is a junior at Iowa State University. he is majoring in public service and
administration in agriculture. Jacob is the son of Don and Pat Swanson.
Swanson received the title over four other worthy competitors.
Each of the contestants was judged on their interviewing and communications skills,
poise, presentation and overall knowledge of the pork industry and Iowa agriculture.
The new Iowa Pork Queen and the Iowa Premier Pork Youth ambassador each receive a
$2,000 scholarship and the Iowa Pork Princess earns a $1,000 scholarship from IPPa.
all three title holders will serve as representatives of the Iowa Pork Producers association
and assist with various pork promotional and educational activities throughout the year.
2012 Iowa Pork Princess
Jacob Swanson, 2012 Iowa
Premier Pork Youth Ambassador
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IPPa Youth Swine Judging contest
The performance of some of the students impressed IPPa
Producer Outreach Director and contest organizer Kelly
“No matter how much a student knows about pork
production, there is always more to learn,” Sheets said.
“The more these kids know about pork production, the
better. We need these students to be advocates for the
industry and this is a good way of teaching them the things
they need to know.”
a cargill Meat Solutions team brought half of a hog
carcass for its breakout session and discussed meat
quality and the different cuts with students. Brady McNeil,
the 2012 president of the Iowa State University Block
and Bridle club, shared information about the club with
Young 4-h and FFa members from 34 Iowa schools
Several allied business partners joined the Pork checkoff
participated in the Iowa Pork Producers association’s fourth
in co-sponsoring the event. cargill, Producers Livestock,
annual Youth Swine Judging contest at the 2012 Iowa Pork
Eldon c. Stutsman, Inc., Swine Genetics International and
congress in Des Moines Jan. 26.
Marting Manufacturing/Smidley all had a major role in
making the event a success. In-kind support was provided
Ninety two teams representing 361 students were
by Marting, highway Farms, Inc., and Tractor Supply co.
given the opportunity to sharpen their gilt selection and
More sponsors are needed for next year, when the contest
market hog evaluation skills on a herd of 24 Duroc-
moves to the Iowa State Fairgrounds.
sired crossbred hogs. The contest featured four judging
classes. The students scored a keep/cull gilt class, did
live carcass evaluation, and judged market hog and
commercial gilt classes. In addition to the judging contest,
two breakout sessions were held for the students.
Earlham Team 1 was the overall winner and each of the
four team members earned a $400 scholarship. Finishing
second was Grinnell Team 1 and each team member
received $200 scholarships. Third place was columbus
Team 3, earning each team member a $100 scholarship.
The top individual was Zach Lear from Spencer.
In the Junior Division, the Benton 4-h Team 1 took
1st place and 2nd place went to Benton 4-h Team 2.
Members of both teams received plaques. The top
individual in the Junior Division was Drew Wiley from
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One day, two awards for Wapello co.
Jan. 25 turned out to be a pretty with their neighbors and the about pork production and ask any
big day for ryan and Lana reed of community. questions. “This shows the reed’s
Ottumwa. Before receiving the 2011 strong commitment to neighbor
Environmental Steward award from “When the reeds first approached relations and communications,” the
the Iowa Pork Producers association us about building their barn in 2007, hollingsworths said.
that evening, they were presented the very first thing we discussed
with the “Gary Wergin Good Farm was trees. The reed family farm The Wergin Good Farm Neighbor
Neighbor award” for January. aesthetics are second to none. award, made possible through the
They have coordinated with the financial support of the coalition to
Iowa Secretary of agriculture Bill coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers, Support Iowa’s Farmers, recognizes
Northey presented the award to the Trees Forever and the Iowa Nursery Iowa livestock farmers who take pride
reeds at the “Winter Pork Picnic” Landscape association’s Green in doing things right. This includes
during the Iowa Pork congress in Farmstead Partner Program to plant caring for the environment and their
Des Moines. The presentation was an astounding 1,200-tree buffer livestock and being good neighbors.
broadcast live on WhO radio’s Big around their facility to limit odor and It is named in memory of Gary
Show. particulate matter and provide a home Wergin, a long-time WhO radio farm
to wildlife,” read the nomination. broadcaster who helped create the
“It is exciting to be able to recognize award.
a young family like the reeds that The reed family also hosts an
not only take great care of their annual Fourth of July picnic for area ryan and Lana have three children:
livestock, but also go above and residents to visit the farm, learn conner, Kylee Jo and colt ryan.
beyond to care for their neighbors
and reach out to the community,”
Northey said. “The Good Farm
Neighbor award was created to
recognize families like this that are
an example of the great livestock
farmers we have in this state.”
The reed Family has a 4,800-head
tunnel-ventilated pork facility on
their home farm and has additional
production at another site.
Gary and Debbie hollingsworth
nominated the reeds. “We have
been lifelong friends and neighbors
of ryan’s family and it is great
to see him and his young family
succeeding in livestock agriculture,”
the nomination read.
Pictured from left: CSIF Executive Director Brian Waddingham,
The hollingsworth’s went on to Ryan and Lana Reed, Debbie and Gary Hollingsworth
praise the reed’s efforts to care for and Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey.)
the environment and communicate (Photo courtesy of Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers.)
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SunnyBrook inspired by pork
Until four years ago, Kumar Wickramasingha was executive
chef and owner of Alpha’s on the Riverfront in Fort
Madison. In 2008, he made a career change and is now
director of public relations for SunnyBrook Assisted Living
Communities, with eight locations throughout Iowa.
As a past winner of the Iowa Pork Producers Association’s
Taste of Elegance competition, Wickramasingha always
included a variety of pork dishes in his restaurant fare,
and he is excited now to share his love of pork products
with the SunnyBrook residents.
Sunnybrook chefs competing in the pork cook-off (from left)
were Toby Cluney, Burlington; Stephanie Watson, Fairfield:
Wickramasingha recently announced a new culinary event Dominick DeLeon, Muscatine; Kendra Husbond, Muscatine;
at SunnyBrook. A cook-off is being held bi-monthly on a Sarah Martin, Mt. Pleasant; Linda Borkowski, Carroll;
rotating basis at the company’s locations and is a friendly and Tom Bryant, Fort Madison.
competition among the SunnyBrook chefs.
cooking contest. The entrees included Island Pork
Through his association with the residents, Tenderloin Salad, Burlington; Pork Cutlets, Carroll;
Wickramasingha has learned that pork dishes are Shredded Pork Croissants, Fairfield; Hawaiian Ribs, Fort
among their favorite meals because many of them Madison; Mediterranean Pork Loin, Mt. Pleasant; and
grew up on Iowa farms. Wanting to introduce the Pork Shanks with Gravy, Muscatine.
pork industry’s new “Pork® Be InspiredSM brand to the
residents and guests, it was decided that the theme of First place and the People’s Choice awards both went to
February’s cooking contest event would be pork. Tom Bryant of Fort Madison. Residents and guests alike
enjoyed the creative variety of pork dishes.
Chefs from six SunnyBrook Assisted Living
Communities participated at Fort Madison in the Wickramasingha is a current member of the IPPA
Restaurant and Foodservice Committee.
Assisted living residents enjoy a pork meal.
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Feed suppliers prevail in Iowa Supreme
court feed lien ruling
By Eldon McAfee, IPPA legal counsel, Beving, Swanson & Forrest, P.C.
In the case of Oyens Feed & Supply, opposite and found that the pork will lose to the lender’s lien if the
Inc. v. Primebank, a decision producers’ banks’ liens had priority lender either did not receive the
of major importance to feed over the feed suppliers’ liens. In the certified letter or received the
suppliers and lenders as well as court decisions, the feed suppliers letter and responded, along with
livestock producers, the Iowa properly filed their liens with the the necessary financial history, that
Supreme Court ruled on Dec. Iowa secretary of state but did not the farmer did not have sufficient
30, 2011, that Iowa’s feed lien is send a certified notice to the bank. finances to cover the price of the
superior to a secured lender’s The judges then had to determine ag supply. If the lender responded
security interest even though a who had priority, the banks or the that the farmer had sufficient
certified notice of the feed lien is feed suppliers. finances, the ag supplier and the
not sent to the lender. lender have equal priority under
To briefly recap the problem, their liens. However, the law also
Iowa and federal courts have Iowa law provides a lien to states that for feed, the ag supplier
issued conflicting rulings on the businesses that sell ag supplies will have priority in livestock
priority of feed supplier liens such as fertilizer, pesticides, sales proceeds for the difference
vs. a lender security interest seed, feed or petroleum products between the livestock’s purchase
in a producer’s livestock. Four used for an ag purpose. This price and the greater of the value
judges have ruled that a feed lien must be filed with the Iowa of the livestock when the feed was
supplier’s lien for feed sold to a secretary of state within 31 days sold or the livestock’s sales price.
pork producer had priority over after the farmer purchases the ag This section of the law dealing
the producer’s bank’s lien, while supply. The disputed part of the with feed does not specifically refer
two other judges ruled exactly law provides that the supplier is to the section of the law requiring
to send a certified letter to the a certified notice be sent to the
farmer’s lender. The lender lender. Because of this omission,
must then respond the analysis is that for a feed lien,
whether the farmer has the supplier is not required to send
sufficient finances to a certified letter to the lender.
assure payment of the ag
supply and provide a full With this background, the Iowa
and complete relevant Supreme Court in the Oyens
financial history. A case first noted if the certified
supplier who sells an letter sections of the law were
ag supply and files intended to apply to feed liens, the
an ag supply Legislature “would have expressly
lien said so as it did” for the other ag
supply liens. The court went on to
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“It makes sense the Legislature large vendors for whom the certified made the credit sale, not the
would give superpriority status request process is less cumbersome. secured lender, should be entitled
to livestock feed suppliers limited to superpriority in this new value.
to the new value created, without Importantly, the superpriority This interpretation furthers the
requiring compliance with the provision only allows feed Legislature’s goal to encourage
certified request procedure. suppliers to trump perfected feed sales to livestock producers
Livestock feed is often supplied secured lenders to the extent the already burdened with bank debt.”
on an ongoing basis, and it would acquisition value of the livestock
be impractical and cumbersome is exceeded by the livestock’s value After years of uncertainty, it is
to require serial certified requests at the time the lien attaches or its now settled law that Iowa’s feed
with ever-changing dollar amounts ultimate sale price. Accordingly, lien law does not require a feed
and recurring fees. Livestock feed the secured lender generally supplier to send a certified notice
is grown and sold by farmers. The retains its secured position up to to a lender with a security interest
Legislature presumably sought the livestock’s acquisition price. in the livestock. The Iowa feed
to encourage a fluid feed market The feed supplier’s superpriority supplier’s lien is superior to a
without burdening cooperatives corresponds to the livestock’s lender’s security interest if the
and farmers with the certified increase in value that typically feed supplier files a UCC-1 with
request process. By contrast, sales of results from consuming feed. the Iowa secretary of state within
crop seed, herbicides and fertilizer The Legislature reasonably could 31 days after the feed is purchased.
are more often bulk transactions by conclude the feed supplier who
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USDa GIPSa Final rule on 2008 Farm Bill
contracting requirements now in effect
By Eldon McAfee, IPPA legal counsel, Beving, Swanson & Forrest, P.C.
The long-awaited and controversial final rule on previously in this article, contractors may not need to
federal swine and poultry contracting requirements include any specific contract language to comply with
was released by the USDA Grain Inspection, Packers this section of the rule. Producers should review the rule
and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) in December. definition of additional capital investment (in essence,
The rule went into effect on Feb. 7, 2012, and applies “a combined amount of $12,500 or more per structure”
to contracts “entered into, amended, altered, modified, and maintenance or repair costs are excluded) and
renewed or extended” after that date. the criteria GIPSA may consider to determine if there
is a violation. If a contract requires additional capital
Before analyzing the final rule, it is important to note investments, contract language must conform to those
that the final rule does not change the current GIPSA criteria. More importantly, regardless of whether the
legal actions penalizing packers and contractors for contract requires additional capital investments, these
failing to have disclosures in contracts regarding criteria should be reviewed at the time of any additional
arbitration and court venue clauses, as well as capital investment and the contractor and contract
legal actions against contractors for failing to have grower should sign a contract addendum which lists
disclosures regarding the three-day right to cancel each criteria in the rule, and any others that may be
contracts and additional large capital investment applicable, and which states that the criteria have been
requirements. Contractors must continue to review reviewed and complied with, including the criteria
their contracts entered into, amended, altered, that the grower had discretion to decide against the
modified, renewed or extended after June 18, 2008, for investment.
compliance with these requirements.
reasonable period of time to remedy a
It also is important to note that each section of the
final rule sets out criteria that GIPSA may consider
breach of contract
in determining if there is a violation and each section This section applies to swine and poultry production
states that “these criteria include, but are not limited contracts. The criteria GIPSA may consider in
to” the specific criteria listed. The effect of GIPSA’s determining whether a requirement that a swine
broad discretionary language is that the rule allows production contract grower or poultry grower has
GIPSA to use criteria in each of the three sections in been provided a “reasonable period of time to remedy
addition to the listed criteria and producers and others a breach of contract that could lead to contract
subject to the rules cannot be certain what criteria they termination” include but are not limited to (these
must follow to comply with the rules. criteria do not apply where “food safety or animal
welfare is concerned”, but note that GIPSA did not
Some of the most controversial sections of the rule exclude environmental emergencies):
proposed in June of 2010, such as pricing premiums
and packer-to-packer sales, were withdrawn from 1. Whether the grower was provided written notice
the final rule by GIPSA. The final rule includes the of the breach upon initial discovery of the breach
following three sections: if the other party to the contract intends to take
an adverse action, including termination, against
additional capital Investments criteria the grower.
2. Whether the notice of breach includes:
This section applies to swine and poultry production a. A description of the act or omission believed
contracts. Other than including the disclosures as noted to be a breach, including the contract believed to
have been breached
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b. Date of the breach • Producers must be able to show that they
c. Means by which the grower can satisfactorily “took into account” the grower’s “ongoing
remedy breach, if possible, based on the nature of responsibilities related to the raising and
the breach handling” of the hogs under contract
d. A date that provides a reasonable period of time when they established the time period for
to remedy the breach, based on the nature of the correcting the default. See section 3 above.
breach • As noted in section 4 above, one criteria is
3. Whether the contractor took into account the whether a grower was given adequate time
grower’s ongoing responsibilities related to the to rebut the alleged breach after the notice
raising and handling of the poultry or swine when was received. Very few contracts contain a
setting the date to remedy the breach. clause giving a grower a specific period of
4. Whether the grower was given adequate time after time to rebut the alleged breach. As a practical
the notice of breach to rebut the allegation of a matter, the opportunity to rebut the alleged
breach. breach is included in the time period to cure
the default. However, as a result of this rule,
Producers should review clauses in their contracts that producers may want to either establish a
govern breach and the grower’s right to remedy a breach. specific time period for rebutting the breach
This review should include: or specifically refer to the opportunity to
rebut the breach when setting the time period
• The amount of time provided to correct the breach/ to cure the breach.
default after the grower receives written notice of • If a grower default occurs, the notice sent to the
the default, before the contract can be terminated. grower must contain all of the points set out
The primary question raised by the rule is whether in section 2 above. In addition, although not
that period of time is reasonable for the specific specifically required by the rule, contractors
situation. may want to include a reasonable deadline date
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for the grower to rebut the alleged breach. on whether to elect arbitration for dispute resolution:”
• As noted in section 1 above, if the contractor 1. Payment of the costs of arbitration
intends to take an adverse action against the 2. The arbitration process
grower (including termination) because of 3. Any limitations on legal rights and remedies
a breach, one criteria of reasonableness is
whether the grower was provided written Finally, an arbitration clause should be reviewed taking
notice of the breach when the contractor into account the following criteria:
initially discovered the breach. This requires
the contractor to balance maintaining a 1. Whether arbitration costs and time limits are
good working relationship with the grower reasonable
by working to correct performance issues 2. Whether the grower or producer is “provided
before sending written notice vs. complying access to and opportunity to engage in reasonable
with the rule. discovery of information” held by the other party
• If the contract has a clause allowing the 3. Whether arbitration is required only for disputes
contractor to take action against the grower, under the contract
such as termination, if there is an environmental 4. Whether a “reasoned, written opinion based on
problem, that clause must be carefully reviewed applicable law, legal principles and precedent for
to make sure there is a reasonable period of time the award is required to be provided to the parties”
for remedy by the grower.
Under all three sections of the final rule, other than rule
arbitration requirements that specifically require contract language,
it is not clear when a violation of the rule would occur.
This section applies to all livestock or poultry Is a violation based on the contract language itself
marketing or production contracts. A contract that or is it when that contract language comes into play,
requires arbitration must first have the following such as when there is a breach of the contract? The
clause on the signature page of the contract in “bold safest course of action is to try to make sure contract
conspicuous print:” language complies with the rule and then implement
that contract language. However, it appears to be more
“Right to Decline Arbitration. A poultry grower, critical to comply with the rule when a regulated event
livestock producer or swine production contract occurs, such as when an additional capital investment
grower has the right to decline to be bound by the is required, when a breach of contract occurs, or when
arbitration provisions set forth in this agreement. arbitration is required.
A poultry grower, livestock producer or swine
production contract grower shall indicate whether Again, this final rule went into effect on Feb. 7, and
or not it desires to be bound by the arbitration applies to contracts “entered into, amended, altered,
provisions by signing one of the following statements; modified, renewed or extended” after that date. Existing
failure to choose an option will be treated as if contracts that are not “amended, altered, modified,
the poultry grower, livestock producer or swine renewed or extended” after Feb. 7 are not required to
production contract grower declined to be bound by meet the requirements of the rule.
the arbitration provisions set forth in this Agreement:
I decline to be bound by the arbitration provisions set There are and will continue to be many questions about
forth in this Agreement ____________ what the language of the criteria in the final rule actually
I accept the arbitration provisions as set forth in this means. IPPA will provide additional information as
Agreement____________” these questions surface.
Second, a contract that requires arbitration must also As with any legal issue, producers should consult an
have a clause in bold conspicuous print that gives attorney for individual legal advice.
sufficient information about the following so that the
grower or producer may make “an informed decision
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2011 U.S. pork exports top $6 billion
Exports of U.S. pork set an all-time record in 2011, For the year, pork exports equated to 27.5 percent of
according to year-end statistics released by USDA total production when including both muscle cuts
and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation. and variety meat. Export value per head slaughtered
was $55.55, an increase of 27 percent (nearly $12)
Pork exports totaled 2.255 million metric tons valued from a year ago.
at $6.11 billion, breaking the previous volume record
of 2.052 million metric tons and shattering the value In December, pork exports were down slightly from
record of $4.88 billion, both set in 2008. Year-over- November’s record performance but remained well
year, pork exports were up 18 percent in volume and above the previous year’s pace. Exports increased
28 percent in value. 16 percent in volume (215,870 metric tons) and 32
percent in value ($582.6 million) from December
While the record-breaking performance of 2011 is 2010.
impressive, USMEF President and CEO Philip Seng
feels strongly that USMEF and its industry partners In addition to setting a global value record, Seng
have laid the groundwork for even greater success in noted that the U.S. industry achieved new heights in
the future. its top two markets, Japan and Mexico.
“Demand for U.S. red meat has never been stronger, Pork exports to Japan set new records for both
and we are well-positioned to build on this success,” volume (493,313 metric tons) and value ($1.96
he said. “We have the marketing tools in place billion), respective increases of 13 percent and 19
to showcase the quality and consistency of U.S. percent over 2010. While slightly lower in volume
products, which our industry is able to deliver at (537,535 metric tons) than last year,
a very competitive price and end users are able to
utilize in extremely creative and innovative ways. Mexico became the first market other than Japan to
Real opportunities exist for further growth, and import more than $1 billion in U.S. pork in a single
USMEF fully intends to capitalize on this strong year. Exports to Mexico jumped 6 percent in value
momentum.” over 2010, reaching $1.04 billion.
Other pork export highlights
included several new records,
with a very strong year in the
Hong Kong/China region
pushing exports up 64 percent
in volume to 483,323 metric
tons and nearly doubling in
value to $910 million (and
surpassed 2008 records).
Exports to South Korea more
than doubled in volume to
188,307 metric tons and
increased 162 percent in value
to $497 million.
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News from the
National Pork Producers council
NPPc statement on McDonald’s sow The U.S. pork industry exported more than $6.1 billion
– about 2.3 million metric tons – of pork last year,
topping the previous record of $4.9 billion exported in
McDonald’s Corp. announced Feb. 13 that it would begin 2008. Exports increased by 18 percent in volume and 28
developing a plan to transition its pork supply away from percent by value compared with 2010 pork exports. Japan
farmers who use conventional sow gestation stalls. again was the No. 1 export market for U.S. pork, with
$1.96 billion. Other top export markets included Mexico,
The National Pork Producers Council issued a statement in Canada and China. The record numbers were driven by
response to the announcement, saying it’s an opportunity strong demand in China, South Korea and Japan.
for the pork industry to respond to its customers.
In the coming year, NPPC will continue to press the Obama
Farmers and animal care experts know that various types of administration to keep export markets open to U.S. pork and
housing systems can provide for the well-being of pigs. After will advocate for the acceptance of new free trade agreements
an extensive review of scientific literature, the American to expand U.S. pork exports abroad.
Veterinary Medical Association determined that both
individual sow housing and group housing can provide for
NPPc opposes federal ‘farm takeover’ bill
the well-being of sows.
The National Pork Producers Council criticized congressional
Perhaps most importantly, McDonald’s announcement legislation introduced Jan. 23 that would prescribe cage
reflects the best process for meeting evolving sizes for egg-laying hens, saying it would set a “dangerous
consumer demands – through the market, not through precedent” for allowing the federal government to regulate
government mandates. Pork industry customers have on-farm production practices, including animal housing.
expressed a desire to see changes in how pigs are raised.
Farmers are responding and modifying their practices The legislation seeks to codify an agreement the Humane
accordingly. That process is effective, it’s efficient and Society of the United States came to with the egg industry.
doesn’t require an act of Congress. HSUS agreed to forego trying to pass state ballot initiatives
that would dictate egg production practices and to stop 10
The pork industry supports a free market; it opposes years of litigation against and undercover investigations of the
legislative mandates on farmers pushed by special egg industry in exchange for egg producers nearly doubling
interest groups. Farmers are some of the most innovative the size of their cages for laying hens. In addition to cage sizes,
and resourceful people in our country. They will the bill, H.R. 3798, includes labeling requirements for eggs
continue to meet the ever-changing needs of customers and new air-quality standards for hen houses.
and provide consumers with safe, nutritious and
affordable food produced responsibly. NPPC says the legislation would take away producers’
freedom to operate in ways that are best for their animals,
NPPC stands ready to offer its assistance to McDonald’s as it make it difficult to respond to consumer demands, raise retail
assesses sow housing. food prices and take away consumer choice, devastate small
and niche producers and, at a time of constrained budgets for
agriculture, redirect valuable resources from enhancing food
U.S. pork exports reach new heights in
safety and maintaining the competitiveness of U.S. agriculture
2011 to regulating on-farm production practices for reasons other
The U.S. pork industry exported a record amount of than public and animal health.
product in 2011, according to data released in February by
the U.S. Department of Agriculture. NPPC is urging congressional lawmakers to oppose the
“Farm Takeover Bill.”
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high court tosses california ‘downer’ law Your participation in the Strategic
In a unanimous decision issued Jan. 23, the U.S. Supreme Investment Program allows the
Court struck down a California law that bans the National Pork Producers Council and
processing of all non-ambulatory animals, including hogs. state organizations to enhance and defend your opportunities to
NPPC hailed the ruling. compete at home and abroad.
The California Legislature approved the law in 2008 Strategic Mandatory
after a video was released by animal activists, showing Program Checkoff
non-ambulatory, or “downed,” cows at a California beef
packing plant being dragged and prodded to enter the Negotiate for fair trade (import/export)
processing line. The statute prohibited the buying, selling, Fight for reasonable legislation
or receiving of non-ambulatory animals, the processing,
Fight for reasonable regulation
butchering or selling of meat or products from non-
ambulatory animals for human consumption and the Inform and educate legislators
holding of non-ambulatory animals without taking Provide producers direct access to lawmakers
immediate action to humanely euthanize them.
Proactive issues management with media
[As part of its efforts to address Bovine Spongiform Secure and guide industry research funding
Encephalopathy, or “mad cow” disease, the U.S.
Enhance domestic and global demand
Department of Agriculture already forbids the slaughter
of “downed” cattle.] Provide producer information and education
Funding $0.10/$100 $0.40/$100
The National Meat Association (NMA) challenged
the law, and a federal district court judge in California Your voluntary investment is NPPC’s primary source of funding;
blocked it. But the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Checkoff dollars cannot be used for public policy funding.
Circuit in San Francisco in 2010 overturned the lower
court ruling. NMA appealed the case to the Supreme
Court, arguing that the Federal Meat Inspection Act
(FMIA) pre-empts the California law. The National Pork
Producers council (NPPc)
The high court agreed with NMA, ruling that the FMIA conducts public policy
“expressly pre-empts” the California law’s application to outreach on behalf of its
federally inspected swine slaughterhouses. It reversed the 44 affiliated state
Ninth Circuit decision and sent the case back to that court association members
“for further proceedings consistent with this opinion.”
opportunities for the success of U.S. pork
producers and other industry stakeholders by
NPPC, which along with the American Association of
establishing the U.S. pork industry as a consistent
Swine Veterinarians and the National Farmers Union and responsible supplier of high quality pork to the
filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the case, argued that domestic and world market.
the California law would create an animal health risk
and criminalizes the work of federal slaughterhouse NPPc is primarily funded through the Strategic
inspectors. The organization also has pointed out that Investment Program, a voluntary producer investment
the state law could have prevented from being shipped to of $.10 per $100 of value that funds state and national
California meat processed in another state that did not public policy and regulatory programs on behalf of U.S.
adhere to the statute’s ban. pork producers.
For more information on NPPc, visit www.nppc.org.
March 2012 57
News from the
National Pork Board
checkoff research helps wage war Veterinarians met with USDA and the U.S. Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about influenza.
against PrrS The objective was to find accurate ways to describe
Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome influenza viruses that prevent confusion about pork’s
(PRRS) is a formidable and costly enemy to safety.
fight, but extensive research funded by the Pork
Checkoff is helping the pork industry gain ground The CDC, along with international human and animal
in the battle against the tenacious virus. health agencies, recently announced that it will now
refer to influenza viruses that normally circulate in
“The Pork Checkoff is committed to finding animals and may infect humans as “variant influenza
practical solutions to this very complex disease viruses,” designated by a “v.” For example, the recent
through investments in research,” said National human cases of influenza A(H3N2) that contain
Pork Board President Everett Forkner. “Whether components of human, avian, swine and H1N1
it’s looking at real-time challenges, such as the influenzas are now called influenza A(H3N2)v.
implementation of regional elimination, or long-
term issues, such as determining genetic resistance “This will allow the media to use more accurate
to PRRS, the Checkoff is involved on the research terminology to communicate to consumers and will
frontlines on producers’ behalf.” help reinforce to consumers that you cannot get the
flu from eating or handling pork,” said Dr. Jennifer
To aid producers, the Pork Checkoff recently Koeman, director of producer and public health for the
mailed producers a copy of the 40-page PRRS Pork Checkoff.
Initiative Research 2004-2011 Report, which offers
a comprehensive reference on the evolution of research shows less bedding needed
PRRS research and can help with the development
of herd health management strategies, said Lisa
during hog transport
Becton, director of swine health information and Texas Tech and Iowa State University researchers
research for the Pork Checkoff. have found that the pork industry can generally use
less bedding year-round than it currently does while
“Thanks to the breadth of the research that has improving overall animal well-being - a breakthrough
been gathered in recent years, our understanding finding that could save the industry an estimated $10.1
of PRRS is increasing by leaps and bounds,” said million per year.
Becton, noting that the PRRS Initiative Research
program, supported by the Pork Checkoff ’s Swine The results are from a new study funded by the Pork
Health Committee, has funded 123 projects Checkoff.
totaling more than $10 million since 2004. “There
are definite things producers can do to control John McGlone, a swine researcher at Texas Tech
PRRS from getting in their operation.” University and principal researcher for the study, along
with Anna Butters-Johnson an Iowa State University
checkoff supports new flu naming researcher, looked at various rates of bedding in
semi-trailers at different times of year and in different
Before the current flu season got into full swing, locations throughout the Midwest. This approach
the Pork Checkoff, the National Pork Producers provided data representing cold, mild and hot weather.
Council and the American Association of Swine
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Specifically, the research trials showed that groups of
pigs headed to market can experience lower mortality The National Pork Board has responsibility
rates in warm weather and overall improved well-being for Checkoff-funded research, promotion
year-round when less bedding is used in transport and consumer information projects and for
trailers. According to McGlone, the current standard in communicating with pork producers and
the industry is to use four bales of bedding per semi- the public. Through a legislative national
trailer. Pork Checkoff, pork producers invest $0.40
for each $100 value of hogs sold. The Pork
“During the study we found that the surface temperature Checkoff funds national and state programs
of the pigs changed with the air temperature and that in advertising, consumer information, retail
increased surface temperature actually caused a negative and foodservice marketing, export market
effect on the pigs’ welfare,” McGlone said. “In cold promotion, production improvement,
weather, we found that there is no added effect to using technology, swine health, pork safety
more than six bales of bedding per trailer.” and environmental management. For
information on Checkoff-funded programs,
“We concluded that if the industry changed to using pork producers can call the Pork Checkoff
only three bales per trailer, it would create a big savings Service Center at (800) 456-7675 or check
with no change in welfare,” McGlone said. “So it’s the Internet at www.pork.org.
something the industry will need to consider carefully.”
Task force outlines “road map” to
Improve sow lifetime productivity
How productive sows are during their lifetimes has
sizeable economic and animal welfare implications for
the U.S. pork industry. That’s why the Pork Checkoff
created the Sow Lifetime Productivity Task Force to
chart a “road map” of research tactics to improve sow
retention rates and pig survival.
The task force, made up of leading industry experts,
has set a goal of improving sow lifetime productivity
by 30 percent over the next seven years, according to
Chris Hostetler, director of animal science for the Pork
The task force recommends research priorities be
concentrated on three main areas:
1. Increasing sow life in the herd through focused
research on increasing average number of parities per
sow and decreasing herd fall-out in the early parities.
2. Increasing the number of pigs weaned per litter
through improved litter size at birth and decreased
3. Optimizing gilt development and retention to
increase lifetime productivity.
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coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers
News and Notes
From your side of the fence: combination farms
By Kent Mowrer, CSIF field specialist
Combination livestock farms a free farm visit by contacting the used to support the increasingly
can be challenging if a farmer Coalition at (800) 932-2436 or visiting popular Green Farmstead Partner
is considering expanding. The supportfarmers.com. program, which offers timely and
most common example of a cost-effective assistance to farmers
combination farm is cattle and alliant Energy invests in wanting to plant trees and shrubs
hogs on the same farm site. around their livestock and poultry
Under state law, for the purpose
of new construction permitting, Alliant Energy, a Midwest energy
all animal units in the same company that provides electric and “Alliant Energy’s Ag program is
production practice need to be natural gas services to communities dedicated to promoting energy
counted together. throughout Iowa, Wisconsin and efficiency and environmental
Minnesota, recently affirmed its stewardship with our agriculture
What this means is if you have a support of Iowa agriculture through customers,” says Dave Warrington,
2,400-head confinement hog barn an investment in CSIF. agricultural representative for
and are considering building a Alliant Energy. “Alliant Energy’s
600-head cattle confinement barn, Their financial commitment will sponsorship of the Green
you will need to count the animal assist CSIF in its efforts to provide Farmstead Partner program is
units from both confinements direct assistance to livestock and an excellent way to enhance our
together. Animal units determine poultry farmers as they grow their efforts to help support livestock
which separation distances and farms successfully and responsibly. production in the state of Iowa.”
permitting requirements need The Alliant Energy investment will be
to be met for the proposed cattle
In this case, the combined animal
units are 1,560 animal units
(2,400-head of hogs is 960 animal
units and 600-head of cattle is
600 animal units). The proposed
cattle confinement would need
to meet the separation distances
and permitting requirements for
a confinement feeding operation
between 1,000 and less than 3,000
If a farmer needs assistance
in better understanding DNR
regulations and how these
regulations apply to their
individual farm, they can request
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Delicious pork recipes
5-6 pounds fully-cooked boneless
ham Italian-stuffed Pork
Place ham in shallow pan and heat Nutrition Facts Tenderloin
in a 350 degree F. oven, uncovered, Calories: 343 calories
for 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 hours or until Protein: 46 grams
2 Pork Tenderloins, about 1 pound
Fat: 16 grams
an inserted meat thermometer Sodium: 2879 milligrams each
reads 140 degrees F. (about 18-20 Cholesterol: 119 milligrams 2 tablespoons butter
minutes per pound.) Serves 12. Saturated Fat: 5 grams
1 8-oz carton fresh mushrooms,
Carbohydrates: 1 grams Nutrition Facts
If desired, glaze your ham with a Fiber: 0 grams chopped Calories: 579 calories
mixture of 1/2 cup honey and one 1/2 cup green onions, sliced Protein: 39 grams
6-ounce can thawed orange juice 1 6-oz package long-grain and Fat: 31 grams
Sodium: 1141 milligrams
concentrate during the last 15 minutes of reheating. wild rice mix, cooked according to Cholesterol: 117 milligrams
package directions and cooled Saturated Fat: 10 grams
Carbohydrates: 34 grams
1 cup pecans, chopped
harvest Pork 2 tablespoons fresh parsley,
Fiber: 3 grams
roast with 2 teaspoons dried Italian seasoning
Vegetables 1/2 teaspoon salt
1 10-oz container alfredo sauce, refrigerated
3 tablespoons chardonnay, Or other dry white wine
3 pounds pork loin roast
1 0.7-oz package dry italian salad Nutrition Facts heat oven to 425 degrees F. cut lengthwise slit in each
dressing mix Calories: 182 calories pork tenderloin, cutting to but not through the other
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin Protein: 12 grams
Fat: 4 grams side. Set pork aside. Melt butter in large saucepan over
1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano Sodium: 65 milligrams medium heat. add mushrooms and green onions; cook
leaves Cholesterol: 30 milligrams until tender. remove from heat. Stir in cooked long grain
8 cups fall vegetables, (potatoes, Saturated Fat: 0 grams
Carbohydrates: 27 grams and wild rice mix, pecans and parsley. Set aside 3/4 cup
carrots, sweet potatoes, parsnips, of the rice mixture. Spoon remaining rice mixture into 1
onions, bell peppers) cut into 1 to 1 1/2-quart casserole; cover and set aside. Divide 3/4 cup
1/2-inch chunks rice mixture between slits in pork tenderloins, spreading
evenly in slits. close slits; secure with toothpicks.
heat oven to 350º F. Place pork in shallow roasting pan. Stir together Italian seasoning and salt in small bowl.
Blend Italian salad dressing mix, cumin and oregano in Sprinkle evenly over top of pork tenderloins. Place
small bowl. Sprinkle half of seasoning mixture over pork; pork tenderloins on rack in shallow roasting pan. roast
cook uncovered for 1 hour or until internal temperature tenderloins, uncovered, for 25-27 minutes until internal
on a thermometer reads 145º F. remove roast from oven; temperature is 145 degrees Fahrenheit, followed by
let rest about 10 minutes. While pork is cooking, coat a 5-minute rest time. Bake casserole of rice mixture
a separate baking dish with vegetable cooking spray alongside tenderloins. Meanwhile, for sauce, combine
and add vegetables. Sprinkle remaining seasoning over alfredo sauce and chardonnay in medium saucepan.
vegetables. cover and roast in oven for 30 minutes. cook and stir over low heat until bubbly. To serve, spoon
remove cover, stir and continue roasting 15 to 30 minutes rice mixture onto serving platter. remove toothpicks from
until vegetables are tender. Slice roast and serve with tenderloins. cut pork tenderloins into
vegetables. Serves 6 to 8. 1-inch-thick pieces; arrange on rice
mixture on platter. Serve sauce with
pork and rice mixture. Serves 6 to 8.
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IOWA PORK PRODUCER
contact Doug Fricke for more
information on how to reach
Iowa’s pork producers.
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for attending the
2012 Iowa Pork
The 2013 event will
be Jan. 23-24.
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