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Sherrie Webb, Director Animal Welfare, National Pork Board, addresses the Pork Industry Forum producers about the Common Industry Audit. Ms. Webb provides the history on what issues and needs drove the Common Industry Audit creation.

Ms. Webb highlights the program elements and the role of the Industry Audit Task Force in the implementation of the processes. Take aways: Audit tools are available for all to use and training is available. Additionally, audits are part of a comprehensive approach to having a quality industry.

Dr. Paul Sundberg, Science & Technology, National Pork Board, shares thoughts on the state of preparedness of pork operations for animal diseases, like porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv). While the mystery of how PEDv came into the USA is still unknown, discovery of PEDV has created the opportunity to implement and improve communication, coordination, and collaboration. Dr. Sundberg outlines the value of the Swine Health Information Center and the Center's next steps.

Dr. Liz Wagstrom, Chief Veterinarian, National Pork Producers Council, provides an update on the pork emerging diseases response plan. Dr. Wagstrom shares information on the projects others are also doing and how they tie together.

One of the key areas of improvement resulting from the outbreak of PEDv was communication consistency and protocol. Dr. Wagstrom also highlights the risk assessments completed, the swine disease matrix development, and the "strengthening the boarders" project.

Antibiotic Resistance Is ComplexUnderstanding Antibiotic Resistance Is Complex In September 2014 the Executive Office of the President President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology release a report titled Report To The President On Combating Antibiotic Resistance which put pressure on medical, veterinarian, food, and agriculture professionals to take action.

Minnesota pork producers arrived at the Pork Congress looking for information on equipment and health issues.
2014 Minnesota Pork Congress
Minnesota Pork Board

Raising pigs requires continuous education and training to stay ahead of issues.
2013 Pork Academy
Pork.org

Presentations from a variety of topics are available for your management and staff that did not attend.
World Pork Expo, 25 Years
National Pork Producers Council

Are consumer's understanding of animal welfare driven by the sensational and the hype?
Animal Welfare Conversation
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ag companiesAnimal Welfare Means What? Consumers are looking for information about how agriculture animals are treated and cared for. This resource page provides information on several industry standards plus some opinion on the concerns of consumers from Temple Grandin.