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February 16, 2004   Email to Friend 

PORK CHECKOFF LAUNCHES NEW ENVIRONMENTAL WEBSITE
Debra Davis
(334) 613-4686
February 16, 2004

The Pork Checkoff has launched a new section of porkboard.org containing information on pork production environmental management. The site is designed to provide pork producers with a one-stop shop for key information and resources on environmental issues, technologies and compliance.

"We've seen a need to improve delivery and access to environmental information by producers," said Carrie Tengman, director of environmental services for the Pork Checkoff. "This site allows producers an easy-to-use means of gaining access to environmental information."

The site is designed in a similar format as porkboard.org to allow those familiar with that site a user-friendly interface to get environmental information. Informational topics on the site include: best management practices, air quality, odor control, diet manipulations, manure management, mortality management record keeping, emergency and safety planning, regulatory compliance information and more.

The regulatory compliance information is available by state or by topic. In addition, information on specific Checkoff-funded programs, including Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plan education, the Environmental Steward Awards and research projects.

"We are encouraging producers to look to this site as a top resource to answer environmental questions," said Tengman. The site can be accessed from www.porkboard.org, simply click on "Environmental Issues" on the left-hand menu.

National Pork Board has responsibility for Checkoff-funded research, promotion and consumer information projects and for communicating with pork producers and the public. Through a legislative national Pork Checkoff, pork producers invest $0.40 for each $100 value of hogs sold. The Pork Checkoff funds national and state programs in advertising, consumer information, retail and foodservice marketing, export market promotion, production improvement, technology, swine health and pork safety. For information on Checkoff-funded programs, pork producers can call the Pork Checkoff Service Center at 800-456-PORK or check the Internet at www.porkboard.org


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