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Pork Checkoff Research

Research is at the heart of the National Pork Board’s mission and is funded by your Pork Checkoff dollars. Research is administered in all areas of pork production, processing, and human nutrition to develop a higher quality and more profitable product in the competitive meat protein market.

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Environment - Environmental Footprint
Production Analysis Summary for U.S. Pork Industry: 2019-2023
The goal of this production analysis is to aid the pork industry in improving efficiency. This is done through an analysis of anonymous production data using a standardized set of business logic and...
Human Nutrition
The place of pork in sustainable healthy diets

The present goal was to examine the sustainability of pork meat protein with reference to nutrition, affordability, environmental impact, and future food demand.

Human Nutrition
Comprehensive Sensory and Flavor Nuances of Pork Protein and Fat

The study highlights the versatile flavor nuances and textures of pork and demonstrate the possibilities of the various traditional and untraditional cuts and the effect of various preparation methods on flavor and texture.

Public Health - Influenza
Risk assessment model to reduce bi-directional interspecies influenza transmission in an indoor hog grower unit

The purpose of this project was to produce effective risk assessment models to compare the likely effectiveness of different management and biosecurity practices and policies to prevent transmission of different influenza strains.

Human Nutrition
An analysis of pork intake, its association with diet, and modeling its nutritional impact on the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans

Analysis of intake of pork, its association with diet and health markers using NHANES 2001-2018, and modeling the nutritional impact of removing/adding servings to the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommended healthy dietary patterns.

Human Nutrition
Investigating the Role of Pork Consumption on Cognition and Brain Health through Innovation in Nutritional Cognitive Neuroscience

Lean pork consumption is linked with functional efficiency within the visual and ventral attentional networks of the brain, as well as favorable brain age, motivating the design of randomized controlled trials to establish the role of lean pork consumption in cognitive performance and brain health.

Swine Health
Classical Swine Fever PCR Negative Cohort Study

Partnering to expand testing capacities, support further evaluation and validation of two commercially available CSF PCR assays, and enhance preparedness across the NAHLN.

Public Health
Self-reported respiratory health symptoms and respiratory protection behaviors of young adult hog producers in the United States
Assessing reported respiratory health symptoms and changes in reported respiratory protection behaviors of young adults and veterinarians in swine production.
Human Nutrition
Effects of Consuming Ounce Equivalent Portions of Fresh Pork Versus Nuts, Beans and Eggs, as Defined by the Dietary Guidelines for Americans on Essential Amino Acid Substrate Availability for Protein Anabolism
Introduction The Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) recommends consuming avariety of “Protein Foods” based on “ounce-equivalent” (oz-eq) portions. No study has assessed the same oz-eq...
Animal Science
Assessing the effects of farrowing crate design and mothering phenotype on pre-weaning piglet survival and performance using imaging technologies

Actual piglet mortality is a combination of a set of complex interactions between sow, piglet, environmental, and management factors. While crushing by the sow may be the ultimate cause of piglet mortality, there are many factors influencing the outcome, including hypothermia, starvation, and others. This study’s goals were to create a better environment for the piglets and the sow and to work towards methods of selecting sows with better mothering ability.

Swine Health
Assessing the feasibility of the mRNA vaccine technology for use against ASF

In this study, we aim to explore the potential of mRNA vaccine technology for the development of a subunit vaccine against ASFV. For this pilot project, we focused on assessing the immunogenicity of mRNA vaccines containing four well-characterized ASFV antigens: p32, p54, C-type lectin, and CD2v. Each of these antigens plays a distinct role in the viral lifecycle.

Public Health
Determine the respiratory health risks associated with swine production using the QMRA approach

The objective of the project is to determine the occupational and community health outcomes associated with swine production with an emphasis on respiratory health outcomes, using a standard quantitative microbial risk assessment (QMRA) approach.

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