Alumbaugh: Will campaign pledges turn to electoral promises?

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Typically after an election, the winners and incumbents pledge to “work with the other side of the isle” to sign meaningful legislation into law. Will the pledges made by this year’s new House and Senate members become promises, or will they fall by the wayside as simply more rhetoric? John Kiernan, a senior writer and editor at Evolution Finance wrote an article called “11 Ways the 2014 Election Will Impact Your Wallet,” on Wallethub.com. Here are some of his predictions. No Government Shutdown: Kiernan says because the last shut-down was so “politically damaging,” that it won’t likely happen again. Michael S. Rocca,... View Blog Post »

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Honoring Heroes

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Editor's note: The following article was originally published on Nov. 11, 2013. However, we feel this editorial still applies today as we again honor our veterans. U.S. veterans have received various “welcome home” greetings through the years, often depending on the type of war in which they fought. Regardless of the war, our respect and gratitude for their service should never be minimized, especially on Veterans Day. My 90-year-old dad has been staying at our house for a few weeks, so the television has been on much more than usual. This morning was different from the usual sports wrap-up of the... View Blog Post »

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Alumbaugh: Study shows improved PRRS control with vaccination

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Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) remains a leading disease challenge to swine producers, but the industry has discovered additional benefits to vaccinating for PRRS. Dr. Scott Dee, director of research for Pipestone Veterinary Services, Pipestone, Minn., and other researchers demonstrated in a large field trial that less PRRS virus shedding occurs with vaccine use, and what shedding does occur is over a significantly shorter time period. Here is a brief overview of the results of the field trial, but we encourage you to watch this webinar for a thorough explanation of the trial and corresponding results. “This study came about as... View Blog Post »

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Alumbaugh: Collaborate to improve

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Editor's Note: The following feature was published in the September/October issue of PorkNetwork. Click here to view it and other features from the issue. Collaboration is changing business models as we know them, and enhancing the way American businesses operate. Organizations of all sizes and types can adopt collaborative cultures to create unprecedented value. “If you need any further proof that… the collaboration age is now in full swing, bitter rivals Apple Inc. and IBM have announced that they are going to be collaborating to create approximately 100 business apps for the iPhone and iPad,”... View Blog Post »

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Alumbaugh: Two great pork industry finalists

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The pork industry is lucky to have two outstanding young farmers who want to be among the next “Faces of Farming and Ranching,” a contest sponsored by the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance. We have told you about Erin Brenneman, who is a regular contributor to PorkNetwork. We recently learned that another young pork producer, Thomas Titus, also is being considered as one of the new Faces of Farming. Over the last 52 years, Thomas’s 240-acre Illinois farmstead has grown to support four families, three full-time employee families, two part-time employees and is cultivating the sixth generation to join the family farm.... View Blog Post »

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Alumbaugh: Future numbers to be determined by PEDv

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The third quarter USDA Hogs and Pigs Report was considered bearish by the economists who participated in the National Pork Board’s teleconference last Friday. The estimates were higher than expected, but that scenario could change quickly, depending on what happens this winter with Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv) and its sister, Porcine Delta coronavirus (PDCov). “Across the board, all the numbers came in higher,” says Dr. Ron Plain, professor of agricultural economics, University of Missouri, Columbia, Mo. “This was a very bearish pig report.” Producers Intend to Farrow More Sows “The industry is making money, so one would expect farrowings to increase,” he... View Blog Post »

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Editor's Note: Social media mayhem

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I have been thrust into the modern world of technology. It started several years ago and since then it’s done nothing but escalate. I remember getting our first home computer, and the number of calls I made to somewhat condescending tech people. Admittedly, I’ve come a long way but I’ve had my share of snafus. When I became a proud grandparent for the first time last year, I took lots of photos of my beautiful new granddaughter, and without giving it a second thought, uploaded them to Facebook. Shortly thereafter, my daughter called. Of course, she wanted to be the one... View Blog Post »

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Alumbaugh: Best of Leman

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It wasn’t on the program, but on Monday morning during a general session of the 2014 Allen D. Leman Swine Conference, Guy Leman gave an interesting, entertaining, inspirational talk to attendees. The meeting is held annually in St. Paul, Minn., and is named in honor of Guy’s father, Allen D. Leman. Guy was jogging with his dad in Europe when Al suddenly collapsed. He was only 48 years old when he passed away in 1992; Guy was just 15. Guy shared some humorous recollections of life with his dad, explaining that Al could fall asleep almost anywhere. He’d be “watching” his... View Blog Post »

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Penning Pigs: Dear Matt with HSUS

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Last week, I wrote about a conversation I'd had with an individual who worked for one of the animal rights groups. The original conversation took place a few months ago, when producers were frantically dealing with Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus. The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) had just sent out a news release, the purpose of which was to alarm consumers about feedback - the only method available to producers to protect their herds agains PEDv. The person at HSUS with whom I talked was Matt Prescott. Matt spends a lot of time being "friendly" with people like... View Blog Post »

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Pork industry policy update

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Every morning I sit down at my desk, turn on my computer and wait to see what catastrophe has struck the world. One never knows what it will be but there is almost always something, which makes an editor’s job eternally interesting. On the other hand, personnel at the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) and the National Pork Board (NPB), likely wait with apprehension and consternation, hoping the latest sensationalistic news to hit the web has nothing to do with the pork industry. Rest assured they will spring into action if it does, and are prepared well in advance to meet news-cycle... View Blog Post »

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JoAnn Alumbaugh
JoAnn Alumbaugh | JoAnn Alumbaugh grew up on a diversified farm in Michigan, and has been involved in many different facets of the industry. She joined PorkNetwork as Editor and Brand Champion on January 2013 and is anxious to engage in conversation with producers, educators, consultants and agri-business personnel.


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