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 Editor Program

The U.S. Pork Center of Excellence will work 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 award 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.

Click for 2021 Request for Proposals – Pork Information Gateway Graduate/Post Doctoral Student Editor Program

Program Timeline

  • Applications open through May 15, 2021
  • Notification by June 15, 2021
  • Program starts Fall 2021
    • Mandatory training session for both the faculty mentor and selected student
  • January 2022, mid-point progress report including pathway to update content for specific categories
  • May 2022, Final Report and/or future plans for progress


Meet the 2019-2020 Editors:

Student and Faculty Mentor Testimonials

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