Volume 20 | Issue 5
Join us at the awards luncheon to
celebrate this year's award winners
We hope you will join us at the awards luncheon on March 11 to honor this years award winners :

Hall of Fame inductee: Deborah Johnson of Clinton

Outstanding Pork Producer of the Year: Chad Herring of Mount Olive

Emerging Leader Award: Bailee Arnold of Winterville

Lois G. Britt Service Award: George Pettus of Asheville

Award for Excellence in Innovation: Kraig Westerbeek of Warsaw

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler will bring welcome remarks and the keynote address will be provided by Larry Wooten.

If you would like to attend the awards luncheon and/or conference, please register online. There is a $15 fee for lunch if you register in advance. $20 at the door.
In accordance with provisions stated in Article VIII of the North Carolina Pork Council Bylaws, notice is hereby given that the Annual Meeting of the members of the Council will be held on Wednesday, March 11 at 7:45 am at the Hilton Raleigh North Hills, Raleigh, NC. The purpose of the meeting is to update the members on activities and events from 2019, along with financials and reports from national organizations.
2020 NC Pork Conference
Hilton Raleigh North Hills
3415 Wake Forest Rd
Raleigh, NC 27609

presented by
Tuesday, March 10
1 p.m.  Registration  opens, sponsored by  Murphy Family Ventures
2 p.m.  TQA Certification Training  (2 hours)
2 p.m.  General Sessions sponsored by NC Farm Bureau
  • Update from the NC Pork CEO
3 p.m.  November Election Outlook
  • Tim Boyum of Spectrum News will moderate discussion with Democratic campaign consultant Morgan Jackson, whose clients include Gov. Roy Cooper and Republican campaign strategist Paul Shumaker, who is heading up Sen. Tillis’ re-election campaign.
4 p.m.  Welcome Social  sponsored by  Rabo AgriFinance
5 p.m. Bacon Bash registration opens
5:30-10 p.m.  Bacon Bash  (Members-only event to raise money for the NCPC Political Action Committee.) 
Wednesday, March 11
7:15 a.m.  Breakfast  sponsored by the  Farm Credit Associations of NC
7:45 a.m.  Annual Meeting and State update  sponsored by  Pork Checkoff
8 a.m.  National updates
  • National Pork Board – Bill Even, CEO
  • National Pork Producers Council – Neil Dierks, CEO
10 a.m. Break
10:10 a.m.  Break out Sessions   (Choose one) sponsored by  NC Farm Bureau
  • Sludge Management and Research update* from Dr. Mahmoud Sharara of NC State CALS
  • African Swine Fever update from State Veterinarian Dr. Doug Meckes and Dr. Lisa Becton of the National Pork Board
11 a.m. Break sponsored by  Duke Energy
11:10 a.m.  General Permit Q&A*  with Christine Lawson, NC Department of Environmental Quality
12:00 p.m.  Awards luncheon  sponsored by  Smithfield Foods  ($15)
2 p.m.  Batch Farrowing Panel  (2 hours)
  • Many companies are moving farms to batch farrowing to help with disease management. Come to this 2-hour session to get an introductory lesson about this method and have the opportunity to ask questions to the experts. 
2 p.m.  PQA+ Certification Training  (2 hours)
4 p.m. Adjourn

Schedule subject to change
**OIC credits will be applied for
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