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 www.nepork.org. 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.