Jennifer Shike

Articles By Jennifer Shike

Jul 28, 2020

Empty Trailers and 20 Years of Marriage

“Today’s the day,” he said as I picked up the phone. I could tell by the sound of his voice what he was referring to. The day all show moms dread...time to ship some of the barrows to market.

County Fair
Jul 23, 2020

Why COVID-19 Relief Should Include America’s Agricultural Fairs

Congressmen urge House leadership to support America’s agricultural fairs in the next COVID-19 relief package. Here's why.

Jul 21, 2020

Grillmaster or Grill Disaster?

I spend a lot of time writing about pork, and I’ve witnessed some amazing chefs in action. But no matter how hard I try, I am missing one of the most important characteristics of being great at the grill.

Jul 17, 2020

2020 Missouri State Fair Pivots to a Youth Livestock Show

The Missouri State Fair is taking a "back-to-basics" approach and is pivoting to a youth livestock show on Aug. 13-23.

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Jul 16, 2020

K-State Teams Up With MDx to Develop African Swine Fever Vaccine

Work is underway at Kansas State University to develop a vaccine for African swine fever through a sponsored research agreement facilitated by K-State Innovation Partners and MDx in South Korea.

Harper Shike in showmanship
Jul 15, 2020

A Conflicted Mom’s Take on Showing Livestock During COVID

A million thoughts raced through my mind. Are we putting our kids in danger? Is this the right decision? What will everyone think? I’ve never had those thoughts as we headed to a show before. But 2020 is different.

Kamryn Kreis and show pig at Ohio State Fair
Jul 06, 2020

State Fairs in 2020: Decisions No One Wants to Make

Piecing the puzzle together to find a solution has looked different for every state fair in 2020. Here's a look at the status of state fairs and insights from industry leaders along the way.

Pig farmer caring for his pigs
Jul 02, 2020

Senators Introduce New Bill to Help Hog Farmers in Crisis

RELIEF for Producers Act of 2020 would compensate hog producers who are forced to euthanize or donate animals that can't be processed into the food supply due to COVID-related packing plant capacity reductions.

Jul 01, 2020

USMCA: A Great Opportunity with Our Neighbors, Heimerl Says

USMCA’s enactment is a critical step forward for the U.S. meat and poultry industry that exports $5.5 billion annually to Canada and Mexico.