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INDUSTRY NEWS

Mr. Lamb goes to Washington
PHOTO CREDIT: NCDA&CS

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AMES "COOKIE" LAMB, A SAMPSON COUNTY PIG FARMER,
represented pork producers at an agricultural roundtable hosted by President Donald Trump, Vice-President
Mike Pence and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue at the
White House in April.
During the event, Trump signed an executive order to promote agriculture and rural prosperity in America. The order
establishes the Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and
Rural Prosperity, which is tasked with identifying legislative,
regulatory and policy changes that would promote agriculture,
economic development, job growth, infrastructure improvements, technological innovation, energy security and quality
of life in rural America.
"Our farmers deserve a government that serves their interest and empowers them to do the hard work that they love
to do so much," President Trump told the crowd. "And that's
what today's executive order is all about."
Lamb wasn't the only North Carolinian at the table. He
was joined by N.C. Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler
and Ray Starling, a Sampson County native who is now the
special assistant to the president for Agriculture, Trade and
Food Assistance. Starling commented at a press conference
that bringing farmers to the White House is highly unusual,
especially so early in a president's term.
Lamb said that after the media was dismissed, the president
spent about an hour listening to the farmers and giving them
the chance to speak about what they felt was the top issue
facing their industry. Troxler discussed rules and regulations,
specifically, the Waters of the U.S. rule that puts virtually all
bodies of water under federal regulation. Lamb used his time
to talk about trade, especially the need for a North American
trade agreement and a bi-lateral trade agreement with Japan.
"I feel good about the meeting," Lamb said, adding that he
felt like the president really listened to their concerns. "It

FFA Vice-President Valerie Earley, Sampson County pig farmer
James Lamb, N.C. Commissioner of Agriculture Steve Troxler,
Special Assistant to the President for Agriculture, Trade and
Food Assistance Ray Starling and NCDA&CS Chief of Staff
Zane Hedgecock pose under the portico at the White House.
meant a lot to us to discuss our issues with the president,
vice president and agriculture secretary. Those are the people
who make the decisions."
As for the trip to Washington, Lamb said he had taken photos
of the White House from the street, but had never been inside. "It
was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. I was honored to be selected
to represent the pork industry," Lamb concluded.

N.C. Pork Council adopts
resolution supporting voluntary
floodplain conservation efforts

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HE NCPC BOARD OF DIRECTORS VOTED UNANIMOUSLY
at its quarterly meeting in May to support re-establishing a voluntary floodplain conservation program. The
pork industry has supported previous conservation efforts to
reduce the risk of flooding on farms and has been in discussions with the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer
Services about reviving the program since last fall. Those discussions have included identifying potential funding sources
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to acquire conservation easements on 15-20 hog farms located
in flood-prone areas.
"We are continually looking for ways to help proactively
protect our state's waterways, especially during hurricanes
and other severe weather events," said Andy Curliss, CEO of
the N.C. Pork Council. "The pork industry supports efforts to
re-establish a voluntary conservation program involving hog
farms located in flood-prone areas, and we will continue to


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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of NC Pork Report - Summer 2017

Letter From the President
Industry News
Legislative Update
Living the “barbecue Life”
Fulfilling the American Dream
A Family’s Legacy: Nahunta Pork Center
Advertiser Index
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - Intro
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - cover1
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - cover2
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - 3
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - 4
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - 5
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - Letter From the President
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - 7
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - Industry News
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - 9
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - 10
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - 11
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - Legislative Update
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - 13
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - 14
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - 15
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - Living the “barbecue Life”
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - 17
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - 18
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - 19
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - 20
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - 21
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - Fulfilling the American Dream
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NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - 24
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - 25
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - 26
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - A Family’s Legacy: Nahunta Pork Center
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NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - Advertiser Index
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