Pork Information Gateway


The Pork Information Gateway (PIG) is a FREE, web-based library for the U.S. pork industry.

The PIG online library provides the industry with fact sheets, “how-to” guides, videos and other resources.

The information is categorized by the following categories:

  • Production & Management Systems + Animal Behavior & Welfare
  • Business Management + Human Resources + Worker Health & Safety
  • Swine Health
  • Facilities & Equipment + Environmental Stewardship
  • Breeding & Genetics + Nutrition + Reproduction
  • Marketing + Statistics
  • Pork Quality + Pork Safety
  • Youth Projects + Small/Beginning Producers (alternative/niche production)

Visit the Pork Information Gateway


P.I.G. Graduate or Post-Doctoral Student Stipend

The U.S. Pork Center of Excellence works with  up to four graduate/post-doctoral students to serve as year-long editors and content creators for specific categories on the Pork Information Gateway, with the expectation that the faculty mentor/supervisor will oversee student work before final submission to the Pork Information Gateway. Each $20,000 stipend is to be used by a faculty mentor/supervisor to help support a graduate student or post-doctoral student. The funds are renewable for an additional year upon satisfactory progress.

2019 – 2020 Student & Faculty Mentors that served as Editors of the Pork Information Gateway

Category: Swine Health

  • Student: Dr. Megan Nickel, Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Iowa State University – Swine Medicine Education Center
  • Faculty Mentor: Dr. Locke Karriker, DVM, MS, DACVPM, Iowa State University – Swine Medicine Education Center

Category: Breeding, Genetics, Reproduction and Nutrition

  • Student: Victoria Abner, Masters of Science student, North Carolina State University
  • Faculty Mentor: Jonathan Holt, PhD, Assistant Professor and Extension Swine Specialist, North Carolina State University

Category: Pork Quality & Safety

  • Student: Morgan Wonderly, Masters of Science student, California Polytechnic State University
  • Faculty Mentor: Siroj Pokharel, PhD, Assistant Professor, Meat Food Safety, Animal Science Department, California Polytechnic State University

Category: Facilities, Equipment and Environmental Stewardship

  • Student: Benjamin Smith, Doctoral Student, Graduate Research Assistant, Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, Iowa State University
  • Faculty Mentor: Brett Ramirez, PhD, Assistant Professor, Agricultural Biosystems Engineering, Iowa State University

Student and Faculty Mentor Testimonials