State Fair Birthing Pavilion is off to a good start

By Kyla Wize, NPPA Youth Leadership and Events Speacilist,

Hello everyone!

The Nebraska State Fair opened its gates for the first time in Grand Island on Friday, August 27th. In addition to increased entries in all 4-H and FFA contests, including livestock exhibits, and quilts on display, the Birthing Pavilion cosponsored by the Nebraska Pork Producers Association and the Nebraska CattleWomen garnered its fair share of attention!

Check out some of the news coverage!

And make sure to check out the pictures too!

I send my thanks for helping make this grassroots educational effort a true success! For every producer for their Checkoff investment in this project, the CattleWomen and their members for cooperating and collaborating, all the volunteers (board members, allied members, producers, mentors and other youth leaders) and others who have been supportive!

The Nebraska Pork Producers Association hopes you and your entire family visit us at the Birthing Pavilion and at our booth in the Exhibition Hall, DA19!

NPPA to be at Welcome Back Club Fair

Welcome Back EventThe Nebraska Pork Producers Association will be at the East Campus Welcome Back Club Fair Thursday, Aug. 26. The event will be held on the north side of the East Campus Union from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

New and current students alike take part in the East Campus Welcome Back event where recognized Student Organizations set up booths with information about their organization as well as offer give-a-ways. This is a great opportunity for students to find ways to get involved and meet other students on East Campus. Also, a picnic style dinner is provided to all students that attend.

NPPA will have a booth at the event with information about the 2011 Pork Mentor Program, a career development program that provides a variety of hands-on experiences that promote leadership and communication skills, ultimately fostering career development.

2011 Pork Mentors will job shadow pork industry professionals, promote agriculture and the pork industry, improve leadership, team building, and communication skills. Mentors will also travel to the World Pork Expo in Des Moines, Iowa, and other exciting tours and group events.

Interested students can pick up applications for the 2011 Pork Mentor Program from the NPPA booth at the Welcome Back Club Fair or download it from the website.

NPPA will also have pork industry quick facts and FREE STUFF at the event so you won’t want to pass up this opporWelcome Back Eventtunity of seeing how you can get money, knowledge and FREE STUFF all at one place!

(I will be there with my “Nice Chops” t-shirt!)

New pork scholarships for college students now available

By Pork news staffAcademic research

All college juniors and seniors who plan to pursue a career in pork production management or a related field, or who will be seeking to attend graduate school and major in a discipline with an emphasis on swine, are invited to submit an application for one of the 19 available scholarships sponsored by the National Pork Board/National Pork Checkoff, PIC and Pioneer.

Application guidelines should be followed and may be submitted online using this form. The deadline to submit applications is Oct. 1 Scholarship recipients will be notified in December.

“This is an extremely important part of what we do on behalf of America’s pork producers,” said Mark Knauer, NPB’s animal science director. “Encouraging young people to continue their education in swine-related fields helps to ensure that we have a steady pipeline of experts in areas critical to the industry’s future success.”

The top application will be awarded a scholarship of $5,000, and a scholarship of $3,500 will be awarded to the first runner-up. All other scholarships awarded are $2,000.

Preference will be given to scholarship applicants who are:

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Easy to do, good to eat

Arizona carnitas with green chiles recipeI have personally tried and enjoyed (actually loved) the warm tasty goodness of pork carnitas. Carnitas translated means “little meats,” and is a pork shoulder that has been braised or roasted to a delicious tenderness that the whole family can enjoy!

This popular Southwestern dish is a great dish that will bring spice to the table. All you need to do is set the table and let everyone create their own tortilla-filled meal. My pork carnita was held in a corn tortilla, making it a unique taste compared to a traditional tortilla.

Try it out and let us know what you think! Get creative and add your own personal touch to your Pork Carnita.

Nebraska helps NPB reach the 4000th speech for Operation Main Street

National Pork Board Press Release

Pork producers are more committed than ever to demonstrating how much they care about producing safe and nutritious food, the well-being of their animals and protecting the environment. Through some amazing efforts, they have reached another important milestone for the National Pork Board’s Operation Main Street (OMS) program. On Aug. 4, volunteer OMS speakers achieved the Pork Checkoff-funded program’s 4,000th speech.  

“Thanks to our volunteers, OMS has grown into a significant asset for the pork industry and an important voice for the pork industry’s We Care initiative,” said Perry Aasness, vice president of industry relations for the Pork Checkoff. “OMS speakers are now showing key decision-makers and influencers such as county commissioners, dietitians, and small animal veterinarians, how pork producers are working hard every day to do the right thing.”

We Care is a pork industry initiative designed to help producers demonstrate they are committed to established ethical principals and animal well-being practices.

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Leave the white shirt at home for the 14th Annual Capital City Ribfest!

Mark your calendar for August 12-15, 2010 because Ribfest is almost here! The Nebraska Pork Producers’ Capital City Ribfest is a four day summer festival featuring award-winning barbecue and live music. The 2009 event had a record-number of 31,475 people attend in four days! Over the last 14 years, Ribfest has become largest, most popular summer event in downtown Lincoln!

Not only does Ribfest showcase some great barbecue, attendees can also jam out to live music performed on the Performance Scion of Lincoln Sound Stage where some of the best local and regional talent highlight the four day event. The 2009 event had 15 bands keeping the rib lovers entertained throughout the four days.

Top notch, award-winning barbecue pit bosses from around the country gather to show off their talents and serve up fabulous barbecue to Nebraskans. The Capital City Ribfest is unique to Lincoln in that barbecue is the focal point of the festival (so leave the white shirt at home!) – offering the public a chance to sample a variety of barbecue flavors from across the nation and even Australia!

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