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Producers Must Be Prepared For the Unexpected


The annual meeting of Indiana’s pork producers is Tuesday followed in the evening by their Taste of Elegance event. One item that will certainly come up during the meeting is planning for a hog operation crisis and Hoosier producers can get help with that from the Pork Checkoff. Cindy Cunningham, Pork Checkoff assistant vice president of communications says it’s important to be prepared and the the Pork Checkoff Farm-Level Crisis Plan template provides a framework for evaluating the risk of on-farm crisis situations.

“Today in the pork industry it is really important to be prepared for what may happen, the unexpected or the expected. We know we may have some situations where there potentially is a natural disaster or a weather situation or a fire. But we also know that there are those who would prefer that we not be in business and who can take something that’s happening on our farm, blow it out of context and out of proportion. This crisis response plan really helps us to be able to deal with all of those situations and to be able to manage through and control a situation so that we can return to business as usual as quickly as possible on our farm.”

The tool is designed for confidential use and is available at the checkoff website.

“This easy to use desktop tool really allows you to just fill in the blanks and it will create the crisis plan for you. At the end of about an hour or so at your computer you’ll have a crisis response plan for your farm which then you can share with all the team members on your farm to make sure that everybody is prepared to deal with any kind of situation that may arise.”

For more information, producers can contact the Pork Checkoff Service Center. Go to Pork dot org or call 800-456-PORK.[audio:https://www.hoosieragtoday.com//wp-content/uploads//2013/02/Pork-crisis-planning.mp3|titles=Pork crisis planning]

Source: NAFB News Service