Start Date: Sep 26, 2011
End Date: Sep 25, 2013
USPCE has taken the initiative for the development of a collaborative research model that would facilitate consistent communication and cooperation among researchers, thereby maximizing the impact of research dollars and reducing duplication. It would also provide a delivery mechanism for research results directly to producers and expedite the delivery of science based information to students. USPCE has facilitated the development a national research agenda for the industry, beginning with air and water quality, swine care and well-being, and sow productivity. USPCE and National Pork Board provided the collaborative forum for development of national priorities as defined by the industry stakeholders. These programs are consistent with ARS mission to enhance the natural resource base and environment and to sustain a competitive agricultural economy. A significant portion of the USPCE extension efforts has focused on the Pork Information Gateway (PIG), a web-based national clearinghouse on swine topics targeted to producers. It serves as a designated community of practice for the swine industry. Currently, PIG contains 325 peer reviewed fact sheets written by swine specialists and researchers from this country’s major ag universities; 1397 reference books, manuals, speeches and reports; 22 images; 50 How-to’s; and 7 courses. USPCE manages an active group of domain editors who provide continuous stream of peer reviewed fact sheets and how-to pieces to be used directly by producers. It also posts bimonthly ARS swine and pork research reports written for dissemination and direct application. With its extensive search function and its categorical listing of all information contained therein, it offers another valuable way for ARS researchers to get their research results and information into the hands of end users.