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N.C. Pork Council to hold annual conference Feb. 4-5

By From staff reports
Published in News on January 22, 2010 1:46 PM

The North Carolina Pork Council will hold its annual Pork Conference in conjunction with the Southern Farm Show.

Pork Conference events are planned for Thursday, Feb. 4 and Friday, Feb. 5 for NCPC members and pork producers. The Southern Farm Show will run Wednesday, Feb. 3 through Friday, Feb. 5.

Pork Conference events will begin with a complimentary lunch on Thursday. The "We Care" trailer from the National Pork Board will be beside the Martin building on the state fairgrounds serving lunch on both Thursday and Friday.

The theme for Thursday afternoon will be the "State of the Industry." Beginning in the Martin building at 1 pm, Don Butler, president of the National Pork Producers Council; Richard Eason, CEO and president of Cape Farm Credit; Kelly Zering, associate professor at N.C. State University; Angie Whitener, director of policy development for NCPC and Tommy Stevens, director of environmental services will present on current state and national industry issues as well as the economics facing the pork industry. Speakers will also be available to answer participant questions.

The annual Bacon Bash fundraising event for the NCPC Political Action Committee will also take place during the conference.

On Friday morning, NCPC will present their annual industry awards at a breakfast ceremony at the Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley. Registration for the breakfast is $10 preregistered or $15 at the door.

Award winners being honored this year are Bundy Lane, outstanding pork producer, John Garner, Pork All-American and L.L. Murphrey, Hall of Fame posthumously. Also to be recognized are the 2009 NCPC environmental stewards.

The awards breakfast will be followed by the NCPC 2010 annual meeting and board meeting.

Friday's complimentary lunch will be at the Martin building.

From 1-3 p.m., pork producers may attend seminars for Operator in Charge credits. Topics will include "Commitment to Conservation -- An Overview of Bryant Worley Farms: 2009 National Environmental Steward Award Winner" and "Tips for the Implementation of Timely Euthanasia."

For more information on any of these events, call Ann Edmondson at NCPC at (919) 781-0361 or go to www.ncpork.org.