NC Pork Report - Fall 2015 - (Page 29)

Youth Focus Employees Honored for Education Efforts T eaching children where their food comes from is a vital part of creating an understanding of farming and food production. Two Smithfield employees made that their charge, and their efforts earned them and their division Smithfield's most prestigious honor - the Smithfield President's Award. Neill Westerbeek and Mary Graham DeVane, grower relations managers with the East Central Division, recognized the need for information on pork production to be included in educational curriculum. Working with an existing program and materials from the National Pork Board called Producers, Pigs & Pork, Westerbeek and DeVane approached Duplin County schools to implement the program. It is now a part of the fourth grade curriculum. Producers, Pigs & Pork includes a teacher's resource guide leading them through five lessons: where does my food come from, where does my pork come from, how is my environment being protected, how is pork good for me, and what's all the buzz about pork. Each lesson includes interactive activities, videos, vocabulary words and the opportunity to invite guest speakers such as a pork producer, veterinarian, chef, nutritionist or grocer. These guest speakers provide students the opportunity to learn directly from the people who do these jobs every day. The next step is to expand the curriculum to other counties. Also, Westerbeek and DeVane are working with the National Pork Board to create a website dedicated to Producers, Pigs & Pork to allow the program to be taught using Smart Boards, making the program more up-to-date, cost-effective and more easily accessible. Don Butler, Director of Government Relations Smithfield Foods and Vice President of Government Relations & Public Affairs for Smithfield Hog Production Division; Dexter Edwards, General Manager, Smithfield Hog Production, East Central Region; Mary Graham DeVane, Manager of Grower Relations, Smithfield Hog Production, East Central Region; Neill Westerbeek, Manager of Grower Relations, Smithfield Hog Production, East Central Region. Better digestionÊÅÉËÆÆÅÈÊ optimal performance Add the power of Phytogenics to your diet: * A unique blend of herbs, essential oils and ¼ËĹʿÅÄ·ÂŲ·ÌÅÈÉ ƷÈÅ̻ĿÄɹ¿»Ä¹»·ÄºÆÈ·¹Ê¿¹» * Tailored to the animal's needs digestarom.biomin.net Join us at the World Por k Expo Booth No. V231 Naturally ahead 745620_Biomin.indd 1 F a l l 2 0 15 * N C P o14/05/15 r k R epor t 29 4:55 PM http://digestarom.biomin.net

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

Message from the President
Industry News
NCPC Launches Educational Campaign
Welcome to Our New Home
2016 NC Pork Conference
Profile: Megan Spence
6th Annual Livestock Lobby Day
NC Pork Producer Honors Former FFA Teacher
2015 State 4-H Livestock Contests
Interns Learn Important Skills While Working in the Pork Industry
Employees Honored for Education Efforts
Junior Market Swine Show
Index to Advertisers

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