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Events 2015 Pork Conference: Education, Networking, Fellowship and Fun T he 59th Annual NC Pork Conference hosted over 120 producers, farm managers, technical and environmental specialists, industry personnel and other swine representatives from across the state. Held in Raleigh in early February, the event was an opportunity for the industry to come together for education, networking, exchange of ideas, as well as fellowship and fun. For the sixth consecutive year, the North Carolina Pork Council (NCPC) partnered with the Southern Farm Show to host the NC Pork Conference during the show. Hosting the event concurrent with the farm show allows producers and allied members the opportunity to attend educational seminars, join with fellow industry partners and visit the farm show to make their time away from the farm or the office, more effective and efficient. Senator Thom Tillis spoke to attendees at the NC Pork Council's annual awards breakfast. 16 NC Pork Report * w w w .n c p o r k .o r g The NCPC hosted the educational seminars on Thursday, February 5th at the Martin Building on the NC State Fairgrounds in Raleigh. Seminars focused on all aspects of the issues facing today's industry: production, environmental compliance, labor, keeping the farms safe as well as timely updates from the national associations. The program also provided attendees with two hours of operator-in-charge continuing education credits. Opening the day, Dr. Chris Hostetler from the National Pork Board (NPB) provided an update on the status of research in the area of sow production which is being conducted through NPB with Checkoff funds. Dr. Billy Flowers from North Carolina State University (NC State) followed up with information on sow production specifically as it is happening in and relates to North Carolina. The second presentation of the morning was by George Pettus, Mountains 2 Sea Environmental and former Goldsboro Milling Environmental Manager, who conducted a seminar on environmental compliance. Pettus focused primarily on the most common waste management problems currently being found on hog farms and how producers can best prevent them from occurring. The morning seminars were closed out with Dr. Ashley Johnson of NC State providing a detailed update on two health issues facing the pig population in North Carolina - PEDv and PRRS 174. Both of these diseases have taken a toll on the herds in the state and are of utmost concern to producers. Dr. Johnson was followed by Christine Lawson from the NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources (NCDENR) who provided the most recent guidance on handling mortality, should the need arise specifically as a result of these diseases. Big Mike's BBQ catered a lunch of chopped pork and chopped chicken barbecue along with all the trimmings which was provided complimentary to conference attendees through the support of the Pork CheckOff program. Afternoon seminars featured updates by Stephen Herring of NPB and Dallas Hockman from the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC). Herring focused on the recent programs launched to assist producers by NPB. Hockman discussed the latest legislative challenges facing the pork industry including information on very important trade issues. The afternoon also included Assistant Secretary of Commerce Dale Folwell. As the Assistant Secretary for the Division of Employment Security, Folwell has the responsibility to oversee the state's unemployment insurance system. This oversight also includes all aspects of claim determination, employer account management and legal enforcement of employment security law. Folwell provided a very informative update on initiatives focused on efficiency and efficacy within the state's unemployment system. The final seminar of the day featured Kay Johnson Smith, President and CEO of the Animal Agriculture Alliance. Johnson Smith traveled to North Carolina to present on "Securing Your Farm." As outside forces continue to threaten the way we do business, it is more important than ever to know the most effective and appropriate ways to prevent those threats from becoming realities.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of NC Pork Report - Spring 2015

Message from the President: Opportunity, Challenges, Learning, Teamwork and Success
Industry News
Introducing the 2015 Board of Directors
2015 Pork Conference: Education, Networking, Fellowship and Fun
NCPC Names Bob Swain to Pork Industry Hall of Fame
Roddy Purser Named 2015 Pork All-American
Edward Dail Named 2015 Outstanding Pork Producer
Ray Simmons Named Environmental Steward Winner
Bacon Bash Brings Home the Bacon for NCPC PAC
2015 Student Internship Program
2015 North Carolina Pork Council Scholarship

NC Pork Report - Spring 2015