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Awards Channing Gooden Named Pork All-American C hanning Gooden, a young Bladen County farmer with a passion for agriculture, has been named 2013’s Pork All-American. He was presented the award at the annual North Carolina Pork Council’s Awards Breakfast. Gooden and his father run a farm in Elizabethtown that includes 16 swine finishing houses, four swine nursery houses, turkeys, commercial beef cattle, hay acreage, strawberries and sweet corn. In accepting his award, Gooden commented, “There is a large group of people out there who deserve this award, maybe even more than I do.” Nominated by Bladen County Livestock Extension Agent Becky Spearman, Gooden gives presentations through the ENGAGE Program to community groups in Bladen and surrounding counties. He works hard to educate consumers by telling his story about being a farmer. In addition to speaking opportunities, Gooden works consistently with Cooperative Extension hosting youth tours, field days and test plots. He also uses social media to promote his farm and North Carolina agriculture. In addition to providing information to consumers, Gooden also works to educate our decision-makers and elected offi cials on the value of the pork industry and agriculture. He has completed NPPC’s LEADR program and recruited other farmers to attend. As a member of the Bladen County Farm Bureau Young Farmer and Rancher comd mittee, Gooden was the lead al person to organize a political forum in 2012. ciGooden is a constant participant at Livestock Legislative Day eral at the North Carolina General sted Assembly and has also hosted emfarm tours for legislative meme bers. He has been a voice for ucers North Carolina’s pork producers gation to our congressional delegation as a representative at the Pork ence National Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C. Gooden is currently a member dership of the national Pork Leadership n Institute class and has been a memil B d ber of the NC Pork Council Board of Directors for the last three years. Gooden is also a member of the NC Cattlemen’s Association and is PQAplus certified. In 2011, Gooden won the NC Poultry Federation’s Environmental Runner-Up Award. The selection for Pork All-American (awarded to farmers between the ages of 25 and 40) is based on contributions to the pork industry, family and community through good management and leadership ability. Any farmer owner, operator, contract producer, manager or employee involved with the pork industry is eligible for the recognition. In addition to providing information to consumers, Gooden also works to educate our decision-makers and elected officials on the value of the pork industry and agriculture. S p r i n g 2 0 1 3 • N C P o r k R epor t 21

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