The U.S. Pork Center of Excellence was established on July 1, 2005 for the purpose of bringing about a higher level of cooperation and collaboration among and between universities, the pork production industry, and government.
USPCE offers many programs that cover several areas of research, teaching and extension including the following programs:
Swine Science Online Program – Swine Science Online is the first ever online undergraduate program in swine science. Swine Science Online offers education and training of future pork professionals to benefit the pork industry by inspiring career interest through academic training and application. Swine Science Online’s vision is to ensure that the Pork Industry is led and managed by individuals who have a broad educational and production experiences which have prepared them for these roles. Swine Science Online teaches scientific principles and management skills involved in pork production for an efficient and sustainable operation. Swine Science Online courses are delivered via distance education to universities across the country through AG*IDEA.
National Swine Nutrition Guide – The 2010 National Swine Nutrition Guide is a practical publication containing nutrient recommendations and feeding guidelines. The guide consists of nutrition factsheets and diet formulation and evaluation software. The guide was written as a collaboration between university swine nutritionists and swine industry specialists.
National Swine Reproduction Guide – The National Swine Reproduction Guide is a web-based troubleshooting guide on swine reproduction problems. The Reproduction Guide is only available as a web application and easily accessed through personal computer, smart phones and tablets. The reproductive guide contains and incredible amount of information and support of pork producers, including more than 1,000 fact sheets and references.
The PIG library provides the industry with factsheets, how-to guides, references, and videos that cover all aspects of the pork industry.