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From Rural Roots to Industry Recognition: Paulson-Whitmore Award Winner 

The Paulson-Whitmore award winner is Anne Miller. Her journey in Montana’s agricultural landscape is a testament to resilience and leadership.

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Pork Industry Leader Recognized with the Distinguished Service Award

Dr. Paul Sundberg, synonymous with innovation and leadership in the pork industry, is honored with the 2024 Distinguished Service Award for his outstanding contributions.

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Lower Inventories Underpin Prices Going Into Spring

Supply of pork in cold storage at the end of January was 10% lower than a year ago and like the tight inventory situation we experienced in 2021 and 2022.

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Stable Pork Supply Provides Retailers and Foodservice Operators with a Predictable Marketing Environment in 2024

Pork supply has recovered, with slaughter over 2.6M consistently in the last four weeks. Since December 1 slaughter is up by more than 3% y/y, double the rate of increase indicated by the inventory survey.

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After Several Short Slaughter Weeks, Spot Market Will Take Some Time to Recover. Prop 12 Demand a Wild Card Going Forward.

In the last four weeks hog slaughter is down 2.3% lower than a year ago, and that’s after a 2.7M week last week. Spot supply has been tight following holiday and winter weather disruptions and it will take some time for it to recover.

Sustainability
Navigating the Path to Sustainable Pork Production: A Reflection on FAO Reports

Jamie Burr, chief sustainability officer at NPB, reflects on the recent FAO reports and how U.S. pork is committed to producing sustainable products.

Market Growth
Enhancing Pork Consumption Through Strategic Investment

Looking ahead, NPB remains dedicated to growing strong relationships within the foodservice industry. NPB is actively engaged in efforts to build trust and add substantial value to foodservice distributors.

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Short Holiday Slaughter and Weather Impact Spot Supplies in the Near Term, with Processing Items Affected the Most

Short holiday weeks and winter storms across the Midwest have impacted processing and resulted in tight spot supplies. Slaughter in the last three weeks has been under 2.3M head/week, about 300k head less per week than in early December.

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Paving the Way for Pork at Convenience Stores

Across the U.S., numerous pork products are being showcased in convenience stores, driving demand for high-quality pork and encouraging consumers to purchase pork more frequently.

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Productivity Gains More than Offset Herd Reductions, Setting the Stage for Higher Pork Production in 2024

Hog slaughter continues to outpace estimates and, based on the latest ‘Hogs and Pigs’ survey results, slaughter should remain higher y/y through the spring and summer.

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Reflecting on Resilience and Looking Ahead to 2024

As we wrap up 2023, Bill Even, NPB CEO reflects on the year and describes how your Board of Directors diligently focused Pork Checkoff dollars in a financially sensible way to add as much value as possible to the industry in difficult market conditions.

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Pork Supply Continues to Outpace Estimates in the Near Term

In the last three weeks hog slaughter has been near 2.7 million head, well above expectations. We estimate that Sep-Nov slaughter was 1.7% higher than a year ago, well above the 1% increase indicated in the Mar-May pig crop.

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