Progressive Swine Technologies partners with 10 local schools to launch ‘Pigs on the Playground’

Columbus, NE – Progressive Swine Technologies (PST) is celebrating pork production in Nebraska with creativity and style as they partner with ten local schools to launch “Pigs on the Playground.” This school and public art project gives students the exclusive opportunity to decorate their own replica pig. The public art project is being held in conjunction with Nebraska Pork Producer’s Celebration of their 50th Anniversary.

Each replica will be personally delivered to the students at a school assembly. Here, the sponsoring teacher and administration will introduce the project while beginning to solicit ideas for their choices in a community project. When all participating schools have completed their project the voting will begin.

PST will upload photographs, along with the complete details of the community or school project the students agreed upon, to where real-time voting will occur. The winning school, which through the Summer Vacation receives the most votes, will be presented with a check for $2,500 from PST for their selected project.

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NPPA’s ‘Pigs on Parade’ Public Art Project Will Raise Money to Fight Hunger, Celebrate 50th Anniversary

LINCOLN –  Nebraska pork producers celebrate their 50th anniversary with creativity and style as they raise money for the Food Bank for the Heartland with “Pigs on Parade.” This public art project gives Nebraskans the exclusive opportunity to decorate their own 2-foot-tall fiberglass pig.

The white fiberglass pigs, manufactured by IconPoly of Gibbon, Neb., will serve as a canvas for the creativity of participating Nebraska individuals and businesses that take part. Participating pig buyers get a life-sized pig to decorate with creativity. This exclusive offer for fiberglass pigs must be purchased by March 1, 2011.

“The Pigs on Parade art project is a great way for businesses to support their local and state pork producers as we celebrate 50 years of good pork production practices,” said Mallory Wittstruck, 50th anniversary event coordinator. “While it celebrates our anniversary, it also raises money for the Food Bank for the Heartland.”

“Businesses can have their employees decorate the pig or work with a local artist to do it for them,” said Russ Vering, a NPPA board of director member. “Even getting the community involved or having local elementary students decorate the pig as an art project is a fun way to raise hunger awareness in Nebraska.”

The One Big Night held in McCool Junction, September 24 is NPPA’s anniversary celebration where past NPPA and Porkette presidents, Pork Queens, board of directors and others will be recognized. Not only will pork industry leaders will be awarded for their dedication, but will continue giving back to their communities with the Pigs on Parade project. The event is informal and open to the public with tickets purchased by September 16. For information about the One Big Night 50th Anniversary Reception or ticket information, visit

The fiberglass pigs can be purchased online at or by calling (402) 472-0493.

The Nebraska Pork Producers Association is a grassroots, incorporated, nonprofit organization established in 1961. NPPA was developed to promote the pork industry through the enhancement of consumer demand, producer education and research. For more information, visit NPPA’s website at Pork Producers Association, 7441 O Street, Suite 104, Lincoln, Nebraska  68510 – Phone 402·472·2563, FAX 402·472·4930

NPPA plans celebrations for its 50th Anniversary

By Don McCabe, Nebraska Farmer Magazine

China must wait until 2019 for “the Year of the Pig.”

Nebraska will help make up for that absence in 2011 with what you could call “the Year of the Pork Producer.”

The Nebraska Pork Producers Association marks its 50th anniverssary this year. What was originally called the Nebraska Swine Council first met on May 1, 1961, at Prenger’s Cafe in Norfolk. The first president was George Pick of Hartington.

Fifty years later, NPPA staff and members are planning special events for 2011. Jane Reeson, NPPA domestic marketing director, and Mallory Wittstruck, 50th anniversary event coordinator, are handling many of the planning activities.

The celebration will be launched Feb. 23 at the annual Pork Industry Day at the Cornhusker Hotel in Lincoln. A governor’s proclamation declaring 2011 as the 50th anniversary year will be presented at the Pork Industry lunch.

One Big Night

The featured event is “One Big Night” – the anniversary party that is scheduled for Sept. 24 at Stone Creek Event Center in McCool Junction.

“It will gather together past and current pork producers, allied industry members and friends of the pork industry to recognize and honor past industry leaders,” says Wittstruck.

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased by calling 402-472-0493 by Sept. 16. You can also go on NPPA’s website at The anniversary information is located under the “Calendar of Events” tab.

Web visitors can also click the “Save the Date” photo on the home page to direct them to anniversary information.

The ticket price includes a meal and a 48-page anniversary commemorative booklet.

As part of the celebration, NPPA and the Food Bank for the Heartland have partnered in an effort to feed the hungry throughout the year. NPPA will “Host a Pig,” the food bank’s custom-sculpted, bronze piggy bank, to raise money and hunger awareness at the Feb. 23 Pork Industry Day.

NPPA has a special logo for the 50th year celebration. Shown to the left, the logo was designed by Taven Zelnio, an eighth-grader student from Lincoln.

“We were looking for the ultimate logo for our year-long anniversary celebration in 2011, and I think we’ve found it in Taven’s design,” says Dee Petersen, NPPA producer information director. Zelnio received $50 for his winning design.

How would you celebrate 50 years of pork-style?

Have you heard the news? The Nebraska Pork Producers Association will be 50 years young in 2011 and it’s going to be a year-long celebration of service to Nebraska’s pork producers, pork industry, allied members and consumers! To honor this special milestone, NPPA is “amping” up its annual events like Ribs and Bibs, Pork Industry Day and Ribfest, but we’re also celebrating with a One Big Night on September 24, 2011 at the Stone Creek Event Center in McCool Junction.

We’ve already held a 50th Anniversary Logo contest and selected a winner – 13-year-old Taven Zelnio of Lincoln, Neb. 50th anniversary logoZelnio entered the contest after searching the web for local contests and knew that he had what it takes to compete in the 50th Anniversary Logo Contest. The logo incorporates the current Nebraska Pork Producers Association logo while highlighting the service the association has provided over the years.

“This experience was good practice for if I ever decide to follow in my father’s footsteps, and work for a publishing company,” Zelnio said. “I’ll use my winnings to save up for college so that I can achieve whichever career I pursue.” Zelnio’s father leads a small publishing company.

However, NPPA wants to get even more involvement through its year-long celebration. If you could attend the ultimate 50th Anniversary Celebration, how would you celebrate? What creative and cost-effective pork-style celebration would top off the event of the year? NPPA wants to hear your ideas on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the association and Nebraska’s pork producers. What could “amp” up an annual event like Pork Industry Day or the Capital City Ribfest?! Let NPPA know your thoughts by leaving a comment or sending NPPA an e-mail to