Follow OK's Leslie McCuiston's Footsteps - Apply for the 2018 America's Pig Farmer of the Year AwardMon, 15 Jan 2018 15:50:43 CST
The National Pork Board is seeking the next America’s Pig Farmer of the YearSM, with applications now open for the annual industry award here. The award recognizes a U.S. pork producer who demonstrates excellence in raising pigs using the We Care ethical principles and in sharing his or her story with the public. The application period is open through March 11.
“This program creates a national platform to connect pig farming with today’s consumers,” said National Pork Board President, Terry O’Neel, Friend, Nebraska. “Identifying a pig farmer who can share the story of pork production allows all pig farmers to continue to raise pigs and underscore their important role in feeding the world.”
A panel of third-party judges will again help to determine the final award recipient, with the winner announced during national pork month this October. The public can also play a role in selecting the 2018 winner through viewing short clips of the finalists on their farms here, and voting for their favorite through the Pork Checkoff’s social media outlets.
“This award embodies the We Care ethical principles pig farmers demonstrate every day,” O’Neel said. “I encourage those who enjoy sharing their pig farming story to apply today. The past winners have traveled throughout the country, meeting with consumers, sharing what it means to be a pig farmer and how they personally produce healthy, wholesome food.”
Last year, Leslie McCuiston, a native of Oklahoma and Connors State College and Oklahoma State University alumna, was named the 2017 America's Pig Farmer of the Year. After graduating from OSU in 2001, she worked with Cargill Pork in eastern Oklahoma, served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Oklahoma Pork Council and is a graduate of Class 12 of the Oklahoma Ag Leadership Program. Read about her recognition, receiving the honor last year, by clicking here.
Anyone can nominate a U.S. pork producer who is at least 30 years old as of Jan. 1, 2018, here. Complete rules of the award program are on the site as well, along with answers to frequently asked questions.
Source - The National Pork Board
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