NC Pork Report - Spring 2013 - (Page 19)

Awards Norman Denning Enters NCPC Hall of Fame N orman C. Denning Sr. was inducted into the North Carolina Pork Council Hall of Fame in recognition of his longtime and significant contributions to the state’s pork industry and the progress of NCPC. The Hall of Fame announcement was made recently during the annual NC Pork Conference Awards Breakfast held at the Marriott Crabtree in Raleigh. In receiving his award, Denning, 88, thanked the many acquaintances in attendance and commented of his days now, “After I check out everything on the farm, I then give advice to a lot of folks who mostly don’t take it.” Deborah Johnson, NCPC chief executive officer, commented, “It is difficult to overestimate the contributions made to the state’s pork industry by Norman Denning. He has been closely involved with our profession’s progress for more than 70 years, and the effects of his contributions are still evident today.” Denning’s public career in the pork industry began at the age of 12 in 1938 at the State Fair when his Duroc breed boar was named grand champion. The victory evolved into a career that led to his recognition as one of the leading Duroc breeders in the nation. In the midst of his status as a superior purebred producer, Denning served as the first president of the North Carolina Swine Industry Association in 1959, which later became the North Carolina Pork Council. Denning has been an agricultural leader in Johnston County for many decades and has been honored as a Johnston County “Living Legend” by the county’s Heritage Center. He was inducted into the Livestock Hall of Fame at the NC State Fair in 1980 and the Johnston County Agricultural Hall of Fame in 1985. Denning was a major factor in the construction of the k Johnston County Livestock Arena in 1977, which provided a permanent venue in n the country for tested boar ar and purebred swine sales. His experience as a leader in the growing pork industry led to his work as a Johnston County comommissioner from 1962 until 1998, 998, including 26 years as chairman of an the commission. ounty Holding the title of county commissioner led to service on ice h the Johnston County Health Board for 26 years, an appointment to the t mission NC Wildlife Resources Commission unty and the title of Johnson County Fire Commissioner for 36 years. Most recently, a scholarship from the Johnston County Livestock Mutual Endowment was created in Denning’s honor. Dr. Todd See of NC State University, who joined Hall of Fame winner Bob Jones in submitting letters of support for the nomination prepared by Johnston County Extension Director Bryant Spivey, commented, “As if his early contributions and 74 years of support (for the pork industry) are not enough, Norman Denning has been an advocate of junior livestock activities and has been active in state and local politics throughout his life. … He is visionary, passionate and helped pave the way for today’s North Carolina pork industry.” Admission to the NCPC Hall of Fame is based on overall contributions to the state’s pork industry and the NCPC, contributions to family and community including volunteer efforts and special awards and recognition for ongoing service. Denning has been an agricultural leader in Johnston County for many decades and has been honored as a Johnston County “Living Legend” by the county’s Heritage Center. S p r i n g 2 0 1 3 • N C P o r k R epor t 19

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of NC Pork Report - Spring 2013

Message from the President
Industry News
2013 Livestock Legislative Day on April 30
Introducing the 2013 Board of Directors
Pork Producers and Industry Reps Gather for 2013 Pork Conference
Norman C. Denning Enters NCPC Hall of Fame
Channing Gooden Named Pork All-American
2013 Outstanding Pork Producer is Stephen Williamson
Duplin County’s Bennie Barwick Named Environmental Steward Winner
Bo Stone Wins Faces of Farming & Ranching National Spokesperson Search
Another Successful Bacon Bash!
2nd Annual Flying Pig Challenge Sporting Clays Tournament is April 19
2013 Student Internship Program
2013 North Carolina Pork Council Scholarship

NC Pork Report - Spring 2013