NPPA going strong for National Pork Month

By Dee Petersen, NPPA Producer Information Director, for Pork Industry Report

It continues to be a busy Pork Month at the Association office. On October 19, Jane Reeson, Domestic Marketing Director, was joined by Chef Judy Gillard of Lincoln at the Creighton Cardiac Center in Omaha. More than 35 people in varying levels of cardiac care were given information about the nutritional attributes of pork and then were treated to three heart healthy pork meals.  


FCCLA students enjoy the taste of lean pork chops at the FCCLA District 6 Leadership Conference.

Kyla Wize, Youth Leadership Specialist, and Jane Reeson traveled to Polk Neb. on October 20 to attend the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) District 6 leadership conference. More than 100 high school students representing area schools attended the one day conference. FCCLA is a non-profit national career and technical student organization for young men and women in family and consumer sciences education in public and private school, grades 7- 12. Students learned about where pork comes from, how our animals are raised and treated to insure healthy and safe pork products.

Former president of the Association, Terry O’Neel from Friend Neb. welcomed individuals to his diverse farm operation on October 21. Representatives from Nebraska Farm Bureau, Nebraska Humane Society , Nebraska Cattlemen, Girl Scouts of America and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln along with representatives from Senator Mike Johanns, Congressman Adrian Smith and Congressman Jeff Fortenberry offices were present.

Also on the farm tour were representatives from seven State Senator offices. The group learned about pork production and to see first hand the actual day-to-day operations. The group was able to visualize how pork producers follow the ethical principals and animal well-being practices set by the National Pork Board’s  We Care, PQA Plus and TQA program.

For more information about the Nebraska Pork Producers Association visit or call 1 (888) 627-7

O'Neel Farms

This is a gilt, a young girl pig, being bred for the first time. In 3 months, 3 weeks, and 3 days, a total of 114 days, this gilt will farrow or give birth to her first litter of piglets.


Click here to see FCCLA District 6 Leadership Conference pictures.

Click here to see Terry O’Neel’s pork farm tour pictures.

Small town restaurant offers pork burger special

By Scott Koperski, Beatrice Daily Sun Reporter

Joe's Place serves pork burger special for National Pork Month

Rob Parks prepares pork burgers for members of the NPPA who came to town to try his burgers. The pork comes from pigs raised in the area. (Scott Koperski/Beatrice Daily Sun)

DORCHESTER, Neb. – What started as a limited-time item is turning into a major attraction for a Dorchester restaurant.

Joe’s Place, owned by Robert and Sherri Parks, began selling pork burgers Monday, Oct. 11, to correspond with October being National Pork Month, and are rapidly running out of the special item.

“It’s been very popular so far for only having it a few days,” Parks said. “It corresponds well with harvest, so we’ve had a lot of farmers come in for to-go orders to take out in the fields with them.”

Parks said that on Thursday, by 1 p.m., he’d already sold 65 pork burgers compared to around 15 beef burgers that day.

The burgers have drawn such a positive response that a group from the Nebraska Pork Producers Association made their way to Joe’s Place to try the burgers.

Shane Meyer, NPPA vice president, said that Joe’s Place is going through the pork burgers much faster than he expected.

“(Parks) wanted them on the menu, but we weren’t sure how many he’d go through,” Meyer said. “He got two pigs worth which was around 240 patties and they’re going pretty fast.”

Parks expected to sell them all.

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Nebraska pork a good choice here and abroad

Wortman family

Pork producers have made a long-term commitment to responsible pork production through its We CARE initiative.

By the Nebraska Corn Board

LINCOLN, NE – Lean, nutritious and versatile, Nebraska pork stands superbly on its own at the center of the plate – and fits right in as a key ingredient in thousands of recipes enjoyed by Nebraskans and others across the country and around the world, the Nebraska Corn Board said today in acknowledging that October is National Pork Month.

 “While October is an opportunity to celebrate the world’s most widely consumed meat, it is also an opportunity to recognize Nebraska hog farmers who care for their animals every day year round,” said Kelsey Pope, ag promotion coordinator for the Nebraska Corn Board. “Farmers provide shelter, quality feed and fresh water to raise healthy animals. They genuinely care about their animals and extend that care to the environment.”

 David Merrell, a farmer from St. Edward who grows corn and raises hogs, said besides producing pork for Nebraskans and others across the country, pork producers see a lot of value in shipping pork to other countries. In fact, about 22 percent of pork produced in the United States goes to other countries, making the United States the world’s largest pork exporter.

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NPPA: Preparing tomorrow’s leaders today through the Pork Mentor Program

2010 Pork Mentors

The 2010 Pork Mentors.

Choosing a career path can be difficult. In a world full of occupational options, it is helpful  to receive a little guidance along the way. For that reason, the Nebraska Pork Producers Association is extending a helping hand to young adults who are participating in NPPA’s Pork Mentor Program, “Preparing Tomorrow’s Leaders Today.”

The Pork Mentor Program is a career development program that provides a variety of hands-on experiences that promote leadership and communication skills, ultimately fostering career development. NPPA is looking for college-aged men and women who have an interest in agriculture and the pork industry. It is not required that you have previous knowledge of the pork industry.

Pork mentors job shadow pork industry professionals, promote agriculture and the pork industry, improve leadership, team building and communication skills. Mentors also travel to the World Pork Expo in Des Moines, Iowa, and other exciting tours and group events. Upon program completion, Pork Mentors receive a $500 scholarship.

Past 2009 Pork Mentor’s written accounts about their job shadow can be read by clicking on the titles: A Night at the Hog Show, Pork Chop Scramble provides education, NPPA Mentors spark pork industry interest at NAYI,  Shadowing experience with Steve Landon and others.

Interested students can download a 2010 Mentoring Applicationhere or contact Kyla Wize at 888-627-7675. Applications are due November 10, 2010.

Skeeter Barnes features 21 new pork creations during National Pork Month

Skeeter BarnesPigs are flying at Skeeter Barnes as it celebrates National Pork Month with 21 new pork items on the menu. Skeeter Barnes and the Nebraska Pork Producers Association have partnered together to create a wonderful opportunity to try some creative and delicious pork menu items. 21 new items to be exact.

The featured pork items will be available until the end of October so don’t wait until it’s too late. Come on in and try Skeeter Barnes specials including Flying Pig Wings, Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Raspberry Balsamic Sauce, Pulled Pork Coleslaw Tacos, Little Piggy Sliders and many, many more delicious items this month. Check out all 21 featured pork items on the Skeeter Barnes Pork Month Menu.

Skeeter Barnes is located in Columbus, Kearney and Lincoln, Neb.

Lincoln: 402-421-3340 *  Columbus: 402-562-0030*  Kearney: 308-236-6400

NPPA celebrates National Pork Month

Southwest Spiced Roast Pork Tenderloin

The Southwest Spiced Roast Pork Tenderloin is ranked one of the highest healthy recipes and it only takes 30 minutes to cook.

The Nebraska Pork Producers Association is joining swine producers from across the nation during October to celebrate National Pork Month. October was selected as the pork month because this is the time of the year when the most hogs are traditionally marketed.

Pork is the most widely eaten meat in the world, accounting for about 38 percent of meat production worldwide, although consumption varies widely from place to place. Despite religious restrictions on the consumption of pork and the prominence of beef production in the West, pork consumption has increased for thirty years, both in actual terms and in terms of meat-market share.

October Pork Month serves as a reminder to Americans that pork is a great product, and producers have made a long-term commitment to responsible pork production through its We CARE initiative. During October and throughout the entire year, pork producers invest in the Pork Checkoff to support innovative promotions, research and consumer information programs.

As consumers show greater interest in learning where their food comes from, the well-being of the animals raised by pork producers has come to the forefront and pork producers across the nation have responded. Pork Producers have invested their checkoff dollars to develop programs and educational materials to help them care for their animals in a manner that promotes animal well-being and allows them to provide consumers at home and abroad with safe, wholesome food.

And the safe, wholesome  pork is not just for National Pork Month, but great for other celebrations throughout the year. If you need recipe ideas for the perfect Easter ham, barbecue ribs for tailgating, a pulled pork sandwich for graduation or you want to just eat a mouth-watering, nutritious pork meal, visit