U.S. Pork Producers Provide Assistance to Japanese Residents

National Pork Board

U.S. pork producers are partnering with the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) to provide pork for victims of the massive earthquake and tsunami that struck northeastern sections of Japan on March 11. Estimates are that more than a half million Japanese residents are without adequate food and shelter. Food shortages are expected to last into the summer months.

On behalf of U.S. pork producers and importers, the National Pork Board has allocated $100,000 from the Pork Checkoff to provide pork product and to help get it distributed to those in need in Japan, said Conley Nelson, a pork producer from Iowa and a member of the National Pork Board. USMEF, which represents the U.S. meat industry in Japan from its office in Tokyo, will work with U.S. pork packers and others who have established distribution networks in Japan to make sure the food gets to those who need it.

The goal of the outreach program is to ensure that food requiring little or no preparation – such as pre-made bento (lunch) boxes – can be provided to people who have been displaced.

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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 www.NEpork.org.

The fiberglass pigs can be purchased online at www.NEpork.org 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 www.NEpork.org.Nebraska Pork Producers Association, 7441 O Street, Suite 104, Lincoln, Nebraska  68510 – Phone 402·472·2563, FAX 402·472·4930

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.

World Pork Expo

Live from World Pork Expo!

The 2010 World Pork Expo is now in full swing in Des Moines, Iowa, beginning at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, June 9, and running through 1 p.m. on Friday, June 11. Pork producers from across the United States and the world have gathered to hear about the latest in pork technology, science and production techniques. A variety of events, hog shows, seminars and a swine-specific trade show lead the activity list. Click here to view videos from our sponsors.

Here’s a look at some of Thursday’s highlights: World Pork Expo News Summary: Thursday, June 10, 2010

 Profitability: What a Difference a Year Makes

“The economic situation for pork producers is far better than a year ago today,” said Steve Meyer, president of Paragon Economics, during a World Pork Expo presentation on Thursday. Full story.

 FTA Implementation Crucial to U.S. Pork Industry

While the United States delays implementation of free trade agreement with South Korea, they are buying pork elsewhere. Full story.

 Summer Weather Looks Promising for Crops

“The summer forecast is much like last summer’s,” according to Elwynn Taylor, Iowa State University, and that’s good for corn yields. Full story.

 NPB Seeks to Spur Pork Demand

A main goal of the National Pork Board this year will be to refresh and re-position the image of pork among U.S. consumers. Full story.

 New Investors Drive up SIP Revenues

The Strategic Investment Program is the largest source of funding for NPPC’s important work on behalf of U.S. pork producers. Full story.

Operation Main Street Expands its Reach

The nearly 800 participants in NPB’s Operation Main Street program continue to help get pork producers’ message out to the public. Full story.