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Research into PEDV Ongoing

Since the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus was confirmed this past spring – the Pork Checkoff has funded numerous research projects. National Pork Board Vice President Dale Norton is part of a strategy team meeting each week to monitor this disease and says efforts are being made to be practical and pragmatic…

“We work a lot with manure haulers because there is a risk of transmitting the virus from farm to farm through hauling. There has been an increase of cases in high density areas as the result of hauling manure. There has been a lot of research to determine how it got here but there is no firm conclusion. But it’s a good exercise in understanding if we do ever get foot/mouth disease we can do some things faster than in the past.”
While more work remains on this disease – Norton is proud of the approach taken to this point…

“Its been a very coordinated effort between the laboratories, the universities, USDA, AASV, the pork board and producers.”
Norton – who farms at Bronson, Michigan – says resources are available online…

“You can go to there is information and a number of fact sheets on a lot of issues relative to the disease that are in language that is easy for producers to understand.”

For more information, producers can contact the Pork Checkoff Service Center. Go to  ( or call 800-456-PORK.'

A native of the Texas Panhandle, Rhonda was born and raised on a cotton farm where she saw cotton farming evolve from ditch irrigation to center pivot irrigation and harvest trailers to modules. After graduating from Texas Tech University, she got her start in radio with KGNC News Talk 710 in Amarillo, Texas.