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Feature NCPC's Brandon Moore Represents U.S. Agriculture Abroad Met with German Farmers as One of Four McCloy Fellows B randon Moore, NCPC board member and a pork producer from Nash County, recently returned from three weeks in Germany as one of four McCloy Fellows in Agriculture for 2013. Moore was selected from a national pool of applications to participate in this prestigious program, which allowed him to have a first-hand look at farm, food and agribusiness conditions across the Atlantic. Through the American Farm Bureau and the American Council on Germany, Moore traveled to Germany in October. He spent three weeks along with the other 2013 McCloy Fellows in Agriculture: * Steven Sheaffer, vice president of lending for First Farm Credit Services from Oregon, Illinois * Trudy Wastweet, deputy secretary of the South Dakota Department of Agriculture from Pierre, South Dakota * Kelly Young, senior associate director for National Affairs with the New York Farm Bureau from Albany, New York Together, the McCloy Fellows spent three weeks interacting with farmers and becoming familiar with European agriculture, allowing them to compare best practices. "The McCloy Fellowship provided an amazing opportunity for me to see agriculture from a broad perspective and better understand another culture," said Moore. "It was of great interest to me to see this diversity in Germany and have the opportunity to exchange ideas and information with German farmers." The four German McCloy Fellows are similarly exposed to farm conditions and policies in the United States. "Being a livestock farmer and a waste management specialist, I have a great interest in innovations of manure management and animal husbandry practices. I know that many intensive livestock production methods originate in Germany years ago," Moore commented. "It was interesting to see how changes in animal housing, water usage and environmental regulation have affected their livestock operations." Moore noted the transparency the German farmers had implemented into their operations. Some even have placed web-cams on their facilities to allow the public to see what is truly happening on their farms. The German public has very high standards for agricultural production, but as is the case in the U.S., the problem is that the public is so far removed from the far that there is no real understanding of modern-day farming. Moore believes that additional transparency on his farm is one thing that he can bring home from his experience in Germany, but admits this will be difficult because of biosecurity protocols and a fear of the general public misinterpreting proper animal care. "German farmers are facing a reality just as we are; that the public doesn't understand what goes on at a modern farm," he went on to explain. "But in Germany, their public has successfully lobbied the government to restrict many acceptable farming practices currently used in America. So, now the German farmers' associations are trying to combat many issues that have already been detrimental to prosperous farming. "It seems that for me and the American farmer in general, educating the general public about modern agricultural practices and their benefits will be the key to furthering modern farming." Moore lives in Nashville with his wife, Tamara, and their two sons, Elias and Ezra. Their family farm, Moore's Hog Farm, includes hogs, cattle and goats. He also assists other farmers with the environmentally-sensitive maintenance of their swine and poultry lagoons, as well as complete lagoon closures. A member of the NC Pork Council's Board of Directors, Moore was named the 2012 NCPC Pork All-American. He also serves as vice-president of Nash County Farm Bureau and as a member of North Carolina Farm Bureau's Board of Directors. He was the 2005 chairman of NCFB's Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee. W i n t e r 2 0 1 3 * N C P o r k Repor t 19

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

Message from the President: A Year of Successes and Challenges
Industry News
NCPC and Chinese Representatives Travel to Meet in Both Countries
2013 Pork Chop Shop: A Truly Grand Finale
Report from the 2013 State Fair Livestock Shows
Brandon Moore Represents U.S. Agriculture Abroad
NCPC Associate Members Meet for Update
Costco Partnership: Small Investment Brings Notable Increase in Pork Sales
NCPC Sponsors Professional Hot Foods Competition
Cooking Their Way to Victory
Tar Heel Pork Challenge a Highlight of Two NC Fairs
Pork Chop Open Results
Make Your Reservations Now for 2014 NC Pork Conference

NC Pork Report - Winter 2013