Top 10 PORK Stories of 2018

( National Pork Board and the Pork Checkoff )

We've rounded up the top 10 stories of the year as decided by you, our readers. Take a look back at these memorable stories on in 2018.

1. 10 Reasons Your Child Should Join FFA or 4-H
It’s hard to imagine growing up on a farm without participating in 4-H or FFA. Although there was no FFA in my high school in Ann Arbor, Mich. (there were only about five farm kids in my class of 700), my siblings and I were active members of 4-H. Our woodworking leader had a workshop in his basement, so one Saturday a month, my sister and I would go there to work on projects, like the obligatory three-legged milk stool, a bread board and cribbage board, a tack box and finally, a solid walnut coffee table. Read more.

2. Pig Farmer Joey Carter was Blindsided - It Could Happen to You
If you think it can’t happen to you, think again. Joey Carter is a family farmer. He had hoped to leave his hog operation in Duplin County, N.C., to his sons, but because his farm was in one of the recent Smithfield lawsuits, he’s in the process of depopulating the pigs. He’s retired from law enforcement, and has been a volunteer fireman for more than 30 years, but he was blindsided when some of his neighbors joined together to in the nuisance lawsuits against Smithfield Foods. Read more.

3. Thousands of Wild Pigs in Australia Killed in Aerial Cull
Nearly 5,000 wild pigs have been eradicated in a targeted aerial shoot in western Riverina region of New South Wales, Australia, to control escalating numbers of this troublesome predator. Not only are wild pigs a pest for farmers in Australia, but they are also damaging the environment and spreading disease. Read more.

4. Another Smithfield Hog Farm Found Guilty by Jury
A second jury trial in North Carolina against Smithfield Foods ended last Friday, and the jurors’ verdict was “guilty” once more in the nuisance case. This time an Eastern Carolina couple was the beneficiary of a $25 million award, reported the Raleigh News & Observer. Read more.

5. Forget Salads for Slimming: Eat Lean Protein Instead
"If it tastes good, just spit it out." Too many times, that's how people feel when they are trying to lose weight. Unfortunately, too often those things that taste good are full of calories, fat and/or sodium. And while you might think salads are better for you than other foods, think again. Read more.

6. Dan Murphy: Back From the Dead?
I took an informal poll the other day of about a dozen friends and acquaintances, and to be clear: they weren’t all Millennials or Gen Xers. There were a number of aging Boomers included, as well. My question was straightforward: “If I mention ‘Jimmy Dean,’ anything come to mind?’’ Read more.

7. If You Give a Kid a Pig
If you give a kid a pig, you will begin a journey. You’ll think it’s just a simple thing, but it isn’t. They will be happy and they’ll want a feed pan and brush to go with it. You'll buy the best feed pan and brush you can find and then they will probably want a bucket and clippers, too. They will spend hours looking at farm equipment catalogs. Read more.

8. Breaking News: African Swine Fever Found in China
The first case of African Swine Fever (ASF) in China was reported on Aug. 3, reported the Swine Health Information Center (SHIC). The virus was reportedly first identified on Aug. 1: The outbreak was located in the northeast part of the country, in the city Shenyang, district of Shenbei New, in the province Liaoning, SHIC said in a news release. This is a swine dense area 130 miles (208km) of the North Korean border. Read more.

9. Deadly Terrorist Threatens the Lone Star State’s Domestic Pig Herd
One of the deadliest enemies in Texas – the wild pig – is sparking fear as threats of ASF hitting U.S. soil dance across the headlines. “Wild pigs are agricultural and environmental terrorists number one,” says John Tomecek, assistant professor and wildlife specialist with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. “They destroy the environment and carry diseases that can spread to humans and domestic pig herds.” Read more.

10. Trump’s Tariff Threats Strike a Tone Before Meeting with Xi Jinping
President Donald Trump says he’ll likely push forward with plans to increase tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods, reports Jim Wiesemeyer of ProFarmer. In addition, President Trump indicated he would also slap duties on all remaining imports from the Asian nation if negotiations with China’s leader Xi Jinping fail to produce a trade deal later this week at the Group of 20 meeting in Argentina. Read more.