Year 2000 Pork Check-Off Funded Research Grants

The National Pork Producers Council, in cooperation with the National Pork Board, financially supports and encourages research that will create more efficient production and marketing of higher quality pork products in a safe and responsible manner. This industry-sponsored research has strong positive impact on the enhancement of pork producers' opportunity for profit, at the same time assisting them in the production of a high-quality, safe, nutritious product that is desired by consumers.

From checkoff funds, pork producers allocated $1,500,000 in competitive grant research projects during 1999. The contracts for these projects begin in 2000. The research funds are allocated in the following areas:

  • Swine Health
  • Swine Nutrition
  • Swine Care and Wellbeing
  • Economics
  • Environment
  • Food Safety
  • Breeding and Genetics
  • Reproductive and Growth Physiology
  • Production Management
  • Meat Science and Pork Quality
  • Human Nutrition

In most cases, additional funding from other sources enhances producer funding, including the federal government. That makes the total impact much greater than the initial producer checkoff grant. Below and continuing on the next page is a listing of the projects funded for the year 2000, with the investigating institution and primary investigator.


Primary Investigator

Project Title

Louisiana Agricultural Experiment Station Jeffrey Gillespie Selection of Business Arrangements and Support for the Pork Checkoff Program by United States Pork Producers
University of Minnesota Michael A. Schmitt Agronomic Feasibility of Growing Low-Phytate Corn
North Carolina State University Jerry Spears Effect of Dietary Boron Supplementation on Phosphorus and Nitrogen Excretion in the Growing Pig
North Carolina State University Theo van Kempen Alternative Calcium and Phosphorus Sources for Reducing Ammonia Emission Through Manipulation of Excreta pH
Michigan State University Nathalie L. Trottier Interactive Effect of Crude Protein Reduction and Fermentable Fibers on Nitrogen Metabolism, Ammonia Utilization, and Slurry Composition in the Growing Pig
USDA, ARS, Midwest Area Thomas J. Sauer Measurement and Prediction of Phosphorus Transport from Swine Manure at the Watershed Scale
Arise Research and Discovery, Inc. Roy M. Stephen Phosphorus Level Loading by Swine Effluent in a Field Injected Laboratory to Examine River Basin and Watershed Water Quality in Surface Water Runoff and Tile Water Discharge
Michigan State University R.D. von Bemuth Impact of Odor and Dust on Pig Performance
Iowa State University Wendy Powers Protocol Development for Measurement of Trace Gases Associated with Odor
The Ohio State University Gary L. Bowman Evaluation of Dust and Pathogens in Air Exhausted from Swine Facilities
Iowa State University F. Chris Minion Evaluation of a New Vaccine Approach Against Mycoplasma pneumonia
University of Minnesota Scott A. Dee Assessing the Efficacy of Test and Removal for the Elimination of PRRSV from a 2500-Sow Herd with a History of PRRSV Vaccination
University of Nebraska-Lincoln Robert W. Wills Relationship of Distributions of Serological Responses to Occurrence of Respiratory Disease in Finisher Pigs
Iowa State University Patrick G. Halbur Development of Improved Streptococcus suis Vaccines for Control of PRRS Virus and S. suis Co-infection
Iowa State University Kyoung-Jin Yoon Genetic and Antigenic Stability of PRRS Virus in Persistently Infected Pigs
North Carolina State University Monte B. McCaw Characterization of PRRSV Antibody and rtPCR Responses Following Challenge with High Doses of Homologous (Same) Strain Virus in Pigs that are ELISA Seronegative after Multiple Low Dose Immunizations
The Ohio State University Linda J. Saif Transmissible Gastroenteritis Coronavirus (TGEV) and Porcine Respiratory Coronavirus (PRCV): Detection, Differentiation, and Molecular and Pathologic Characterization of Recent Field Strains
The Ohio State University Steven Krakowka Macrophage Activation and Development of Porcine Circovirus Wasting Disease
Iowa State University Steven D. Sorden Role of Maternal Immunity to Type-2 Porcine Circovirus and PRRSV Co-infection in the Pathogenesis of PMWS
Iowa State University Patrick G. Halbur Transmission of Swine Hepatitis E Virus in Frozen Pork
USDA, ARS, Midwest Area Ronald D. Wesley Long-Lasting, Vaccine-Induced Immunity for Swine Flu (H3N2)
University of Minnesota Carlos Pijoan Use of Uncapsulated Haemophilus parasuis Vaccine in Pigs
Tuskegee University Ogi E. Okwumabua Efficacy of a Streptococcus suis Vaccine for the Prevention of Streptococcus suis Infection
Purdue Research Foundation Sandra F. Amass Human Transmission of Transmissible Gastroenteritis Virus from Infected to Noninfected Pigs
University of Minnesota Scott A. Dee A Model for Determining the Efficacy of Biosecurity Protocols for Preventing the Transmission of PRRSV
Purdue Research Foundation Sandra F. Amass Development and Implementation of an On-Farm Cleaning and Disinfection Audit
Florida Department of Agriculture Jay Levenstein Evaluation of Brucella abortus strain Rb51 Vaccine Administered in Oral Bait as an Immunologic Agent to Reduce or Eradicate Infection From Naturally Infected Feral/Wild Swine
Florida Department of Agriculture Jay Levenstein Field Trial Evaluation of the Ability of a Vaccine Oral-delivery System to Assist with Brucellosis and Pseudorabies Vaccine Immunization of Penned Swine
University of Tennessee Agricultural Experiment Station Alan G. Mathew Characterizing the Origin and Transfer of Antibiotic Resistance
Kansas State University J. Ernest Minton Growth and Immunomodulatory Effects of the Seaweed Ascophyllum nodosum in Salmonella-Infected Pigs
University of Nebraska-Lincoln Jeffrey T. Gray Characterization of the Distribution and Development of Antimicrobial Resistance Patterns in Resident Microbial Flora of Swine
Iowa State University D. L Hank Harris Applied Studies on Immune Stimulation by Lactobacilli for the Reduction of Human Foodborne Salmonella and Replacement of Subtherapeutic Antimicrobials
USDA, ARS, Southern Plains Kenneth Genovese Effect of Competitive Exclusion on Postweaning Escherichia coli Infection
USDA, ARS, Beltsville Area M. Rhoads Identification of Diagnostic Proteins of Toxoplasma gondii by Targeted Proteome Analysis
Iowa State University James D. McKean Evaluation of Antemortem Salmonella Detection Procedures in Market Weight Swine
Iowa State University Isabel Turney-Harris Evaluation of Methods to Differentiate Herd Responses to Salmonella
University of Tennessee Agricultural Experiment Station Sharon Patton Toxoplasma gondii Infection in Sows and Market Weight Pigs in the United States and its Potential Impact on Consumer Demand for Pork
USDA, ARS, Midwest Area Irene V. Wesley Prevalence of Yersinia enterocolitica in United States Market Weight Hogs
USDA, ARS, Southern Plains Robin C. Anderson Effect of Sodium Chlorate on Salmonella Typhimurium in the Pig Gut
Pennsylvania State University Catherine N. Cutter Effects of Chilling Methods for Bacterial Recovery and Reducing Bacteria on Pork Carcasses
USDA, ARS, Beltsville Area J.P. Dubey Development of Methods for Surveillance of Retail Meat for Toxoplasma gondii
Iowa State University James S. Dickson Model for the Reduction of Salmonella on Swine Carcasses in Slaughter Facilities I. Location of Probable Sources and Sites of Contamination
USDA, ARS, Beltsville Area Joan K. Lunney Development of a Sensitive Molecular Assay to Detect Toxoplasma gondii DNA in Biological Samples
Michigan State University Evangelyn E. Alocilja Rapid Detection of Pathogenic Contamination in Pork for HACCP Monitoring
Iowa State University Tim S. Stahy Efficacy of Antimicrobial Peptide Precursors as an Antibiotic Alternative in Pigs
University of Missouri-Columbia Carol L. Lorenzen Do Pork Loin Light Reflectance and Tenderness Affect Consumer Preference?
Ag Research Nicola Simmons Modification of Pig Stunning Procedures to Improve Meat Quality
University of Nebraska-Lincoln Jess L. Miner Regulation of Fat Synthesis by ASP in the Pig
Iowa State University Elisabeth Huff-Lonergan Influence of Early Postmortem Factors on Water-Holding Capacity and Tenderness of Fresh Pork
University of Nebraska-Lincoln Steven J. Jones Identification of Unique Protein in PSE Pork Using Proteomics
Michigan State University Matthew E. Doumit Biochemical Characterization of Superior Quality Pork
Purdue Research Foundation David E. Gerrard RSE Development and Detection