Volume 20 | Issue 4
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.
STAY TUNED! Award winnners will be announced next week!
Mark your calendars for the Annual Conference
NEW! TQA and PQA+ certification classes added to conference agenda
If you want to be TQA or PQA+ certified, you'll have the opportunity at the NC Pork Conference in Raleigh on March 10 and 11. These two-hour training courses are for anyone involved in raising pigs. Cost is free, but you must register in advance to ensure we have adequate materials. Click on the conference registration button below and select the training session(s) you wish to attend. Certifications last 3 years.
2020 NC Pork Conference
Hilton Raleigh North Hills
3415 Wake Forest Rd
Raleigh, NC 27609

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Tuesday, March 10
1 p.m. Registration opens, sponsored by Murphy Family Ventures
2 p.m. TQA Certification Training (2 hours)
2 p.m. Update from the 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
5:30-10 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 sponsored by Pork Checkoff
8:30 a.m. State and National updates
  • NC Pork Council – Everett Johnson, 2019 President
  • National Pork Board – Bill Even, CEO
  • National Pork Producers Council – Neil Dierks, CEO
10:15 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
11:15 a.m. Break sponsored by Duke Energy
11:30 a.m. General Permit Q&A* with Christine Lawson, NC Department of Environmental Quality
12:30 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
Conference hotel is full; book Hyatt next door

The Hyatt Place North Raleigh-Midtown shares a parking lot with our conference hotel and has availability as of Friday, Feb. 28.

Contact the hotel directly to book a room:

1105 Navaho Drive, Raleigh, NC
Thanks to our conference sponsors!
BACON BASH will be held on March 10.
Bacon Bash is a members-only fundraiser on March 10.
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Sponsors and auction items needed for Bacon Bash
Contact Angie Maier for more information.
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