U.S. Pork Center of Excellence updates its pork information gateway

June 15th, 2009

AMES, Iowa - The U.S. Pork Center of Excellence has updated the Pork Information Gateway (PIG) to create a more user-friendly Web site. The updates feature a new site design and a home page featuring up-to-date pork headlines that can be seen at http://isu.porkgateway.org.

"The U.S. Pork Center of Excellence and all its partners are always looking for ways to improve collaboration and communication," said David Meisinger, U.S. Pork Center of Excellence executive director.

"The Pork Information Gateway has become a popular Web site with more than two million hits last year and more than 10,000 pieces of information. We wanted to make it more modern in its appeal, more user-friendly in its application and more complete in its content. We are addressing all of these points to make this popular Web site more useful."

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. The Web site updates greatly enhance the scope of information available to U.S. pork producers by providing a more usable and intuitive information gateway.

PIG was launched in 2006 and is an online resource tool that is free to the U.S. Pork Industry. To view the upgrades go to http://isu.porkgateway.org. You must be registered to see much of the content. Registration is free and your information is secure.

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 center is housed at the National Swine Research and Information Center on the Iowa State University campus. The coalition includes two governmental agencies, both national pork industry associations, 17 state pork producer associations and 28 land-grant universities.

Contacts: 

Katie Beeler, U.S. Pork Center of Excellence, (515) 294-2490, kbeeler@iastate.edu

Barbara McBreen, Agriculture and Life Sciences Communication Service, (515) 294-5616, barbmc@iastate.edu