Pork producers should check out the new and improved Web site, Pork Information Gateway or PIG. The U.S. Pork Center of Excellence, Ames, Iowa, and Kansas State University have updated PIG to create a more user-friendly site. It can be seen at ksu.porkgateway.com.
"The U.S. Pork Center of Excellence and all its partners are always looking for ways to improve collaboration and communication," says the center’s executive director David Meisinger. "The Pork Information Gateway has become a popular Web site with over 2 million hits last year and over 10,000 pieces of information."
New features on the site include a home page featuring pork headlines and commentaries; links to news, markets and weather information; and drop-down menus to organize content. Other changes include the addition of a "Niche Production" domain and updates to PIG Opportunities.
PIG was launched in 2006 and is a free online resource tool for the U.S. pork industry. Visitors to the site must be registered to see content, but registration is free and visitors´ information is secure in the confidential database.
The U.S. Pork Center of Excellence was established in 2005 as a public/private partnership to bring together academic expertise in research, teaching and extension related to pork production. The National Swine Research and Information Center houses it on the Iowa State University campus. There are two governmental agencies, both national pork industry associations, 17 state pork producer associations and 28 land-grant universities involved in the coalition.