Grady Bishop, Elanco Director of U.S. Swine Business Unit, talked about the challenges and opportunities of food security moving forward.

Ohio Pork Council highlights winners

The Ohio Pork Congress awards luncheon highlighted another great year of service and accomplishments in Ohio’s pork industry. Several award winners were recognized.

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Jim Albaugh was the Pork Industry Excellence Award winner. The award was presented by Kim Lawson of Elanco.

 

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Bill Funderburg, from Greenville, was the Ohio Pork Industry Service Award Winner. The award was presented by OPC president Duane Stateler and Dick Isler.

 

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Kevin Stuckey, was the Manager of the Year. The award was presented by OPC president Duane Stateler and Dick Isler.

 

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The Pork Schop, represented by Barb Stuckey, received the Pork Promoter of the Year Award. The award was presented by OPPC president Duane Stateler and Matt Reese, from Ohio’s Country Journal.

Also in the program Grady Bishop, Elanco Director of U.S. Swine Business Unit, talked about the challenges and opportunities of food security moving forward. A highlight from the last year was the recent launch of the Ohio Pork Council’s re-designed website, OhioPork.org. The site is heavily image based and virtually all content will have an associated “pinnable” image, taking advantage of Pinterest, the world’s third largest social media network. Additionally the site features a new Frequently Asked Questions page where users are encouraged to submit their own questions about pigs, pork and farming.

The Ohio Pork Council (OPC) has been very successful using videos to reach out to the public on proper pork cooking techniques, with over 560,000 total views on YouTube. In addition, the Ohio Hog Farmers Facebook page also continues to serve as a portal for information on all things pork with 133,000 fans, which is the largest Facebook following of any state pork association or Ohio agricultural organization.

In terms of other educational efforts, OPC created replicas of modern finishing barns with interactive elements that allow the public to learn hands-on the benefits of barns. In each of the past two years, more than 25,000 people interacted with a barn.

The organization is also proud to work with 6 presenters (Peggy Flax, South Charleston; Lauren Schwab, Sommerville; Stacie Seger, Ft. Loramie; Diane Novotny, Litchfield; Diane Shoup, Apple Creek; and April Holbrook, Waynesfield) to enter Family and Consumer Science classrooms and teach the classes for the day. Presenters spend half of each class giving a PowerPoint presentation and showing videos on how pigs are cared for inside modern barns. The other half of the class time is spent preparing a pork recipe and emphasizing the benefits of cooking with pork. Since September 2013, these presenters have spoken to 238 classes and a total of 4,770 students.

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