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This week, National Pork Board CEO Bill Even shares how the Pork Checkoff is working to support America’s pig farmers in the month of August 

  1. Ensure Your Voice is Heard – The National Pork Board’s new annual planning process is underway. Register to receive the annual producer survey and give input on your Pork Checkoff.
  2. Keeping an Eye on African Swine Fever – The Pork Checkoff is meeting with organizations to gather learnings from COVID-19 that can be used to better prepare the industry for a foreign animal disease outbreak.
  3. Pork Takes Center Plate at World Food Championships – The National Pork Board is a sponsor of the World Food Championships in Indianapolis. Chef Jim Murray will judge the first round this weekend.
  4. New Breakfast Burritos Coming to a Menu Near You – The Checkoff partnered with Ladson Grills and Laredo Taco Company on new breakfast burrito promotions in response to the decline of breakfast foodservice sales due to COVID-19.
  5. Make Sure Your Farm Security is Ready – Action groups opposed to animal agriculture are finding new ways to infiltrate farms. A newsletter with recommendations for what you can do to protect your farm will soon be in your mailbox.

An analysis by economist Steve Meyer for the National Pork Producers Council shows an estimated two million hogs still backed-up on farms.

According to his report, based on lean hog futures prices on March 1 and July 10 and actual hog prices in the interim, potential 2020 revenue from hog sales has been reduced by roughly $4.7 billion.

Other losses associated with euthanasia, disposal and donation of pigs with no market outlet and insufficient space to hold them mean U.S. pork producers have lost nearly $5 billion this year.

Meyer says it appears those losses will continue into 2021. “This is, by far, the worst financial disaster ever for American hog farmers,” according to Meyer. NPPC President Howard AV Roth says, “Many U.S. hog farmers will not survive this crisis.”

NPPC is calling on Congress to pass the RELIEF for Producers Act, which provides compensation for farmers who are forced to euthanize or donate animals that can’t be processed into the food supply as a result of COVID-19, among other provisions.

The Nebraska Pork Producers Association is proud to welcome participants of the 2020 Pork Mentorship Program. This year, six college-age students will participate in the program, which has worked to further develop youth leaders through individual and group-based learning experiences since 1999.

Participants in the 2020 Pork Mentorship Program are:

Alexa Kaiser of Eagle Point, Ore., is a senior at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln studying Agricultural and Environmental Communications/Agriculture Economics. Throughout college she been part of livestock judging teams at Butler Community College and UNL. Alexa also studied abroad in Spain and France, learning about food production systems.


Hunter Rathjen of North Platte, Nebr., is a freshman at the University of Nebraska – Kearney studying Accounting/Public Law. She participates in the Model UN, Beta Alpha Psi, the Pre-Law Society, the Honors Program and volunteers for the Salvation Army and various church activities.


Jacob Vallery of Plattsmouth, Nebr., is a junior at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln studying Agronomy. He enjoys farming, golfing, fishing and bow hunting and competes in crops judging.


Lindsay Peters of Scribner, Nebr., is a junior at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln studying Animal Science with an option in Food and Animal Production Management. She plans to attend graduate school because of her interest in swine research and the animal welfare.



Tristin Smith of Curtis, Nebr., is a freshman at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln studying Animal Science. Tristin is involved in Block and Bridle, FFA and bible study. He loves showing livestock, hanging out with friends and traveling.



Will Sonderman of Columbus, Nebr., is a junior at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln studying Agribusiness with a Livestock Production Option/Animal Science, Beef Industry Scholars. Will is a member of the meats judging team and enjoys hunting and fishing in his free time.


Each year, participants in the Pork Mentorship Program participate in activities that encourage personal growth, career readiness, and develop leadership skills, while expanding their knowledge of the pork industry. Participants will receive a $500 scholarship upon the successful completion of requirements throughout the year-long program.