The National Pork Board recently elected a new president. As the organization continues forward, the board remains committed to keeping African Swine Fever (ASF) away from the United States. The threat of the disease spreading forced the cancellation of this year’s World Pork Expo in Des Moines.
Dr. David Newman is a professor of Animal Science at Arkansas State University and the new president of the National Pork Board. The Board is staying committed in the fight against ASF. Newman says the threat of the disease goes way beyond herd health.
Dr. Newman says producers must remain vigilant in the fight against ASF but cannot afford to let their guard down with other diseases such as the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDV) or the Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome Virus (PRRS). Dr. Newman also talks about the Secure Pork Supply Plan.
Dr. David Newman not only teaches at Arkansas State University but also runs a hog operation near Thayer, Arkansas. He was elected earlier this month in Des Moines.