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News, Updates, and Events for NCPC Members Week of February 1, 2008

NCPC Welcomes New Officers
The North Carolina Pork Council's Board of Directors met last week in Raleigh and elected new officers.

Outgoing president R.C. Hunt - who had served as president of NCPC for two years - handed over the reigns over to George Pettus (pictured left).

George Pettus joined Goldsboro Milling in 1992 as Environmental Manager and is responsible for manure and nutrient management, and environmental compliance for 90,000 sows on corporate farms in NC and Indiana. He assists contract producers in a technical manner, reviewing their record-keeping techniques, their manure analysis and soil samples, and assists in revising manure management plans, manure storage and treatment facilities and irrigation systems.

In addition to being the new president at NCPC, George is also an instructor and trainer for Animal Waste Management Operator Certification. He was appointed by Governor Easley to his second term on the Water Pollution Control System Operators Certification Commission, is chairman of the National Pork Board Environment Committee, on the Board of Directors of the Agricultural Air Resource Council, is a member of the National Pork Producers Council Nominating Committee, a member of the National Pork Producers Council Environment Committee and a Certified Assessor for the National Pork Producers Council's On-Farm Odor/Environmental Assistance Program.

George and his wife Lisa have two children, Daniel and Hannah. Lisa is the Information Systems Coordinator with Cherry Hospital in Goldsboro, NC. Daniel is working on his PhD at Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, CA, and Hannah will graduate this May from Wayne Country Day High School.

The board also elected Tim Craig (pictured right) as vice president.

Tim owns a 750 farrow-to-wean sow farm and a 4500 head finishing facility. In addition to hog production, Tim also grows corn silage, hay, and soybeans. He is also owner/manager/operator of Craig & Company, LLC, a grading company originally founded by his family 60 years ago.

Tim is a graduate of NC State University and has been serving on the NC Pork Council's Board of Directors since 2005. Last August, he was only one of two chosen from the state to participate in the National Pork Producers Council's Public Policy Leadership Institute.

Tim and his wife Wendy have three children: Taylor Grace, Lucas, and Isaac.

New Program to Assist Swine Farms with Innovative Technologies Announced by the State

Yesterday, the NC Division of Soil & Water Conservation announced that applications are now being accepted for the cost-share program known as the "Lagoon Conversion Program" (LCP).

The LCP was created by legislation that passed the General Assembly last year and included an initial appropriation of $2 million.

For more information on LCP, including application material that may be downloaded, visit the Division of Soil and Water Conservation's website.

Producers may also contact Vernon Cox, chief of the Technical Services Section with the Division of Soil and Water Conservation, at (919) 715-6109 or vernon.cox@ncmail.net to learn more about LCP and the application process.

Also, feel free to contact your staff at the NC Pork Council for any assistance.

The news release announcing the program follows.

RALEIGH - The newly established N.C. Lagoon Conversion Program (LCP) is now accepting applications from swine farmers seeking financial assistance to install innovative waste management technologies. Round one funding applications will be accepted Feb. 1 through March 17, 2008.

Established by the 2007 General Assembly through Senate Bill 1465, LCP is a voluntary/ /agricultural cost share program designed specifically to meet the needs of North Carolina's swine farmers. Through the program, farmers may be eligible for up to 90 percent cost share for converting existing swine lagoon and sprayfield systems to innovative animal waste management systems that provide greater protection for water quality. LCP will also help to establish centralized waste collection and treatment systems to serve existing swine waste management systems that employ the new technology.

Representatives from many stakeholder groups have been an integral part of designing and establishing the LCP. In addition to the Division of Soil and Water Conservation, which will administer LCP, collaborating groups include the Division of Water Quality, N.C. State University, Pamlico-Tar River Foundation, N.C. Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Natural Resources Conservation Service-USDA, Environmental Defense, N.C. Pork Council, Riverkeeper, Frontline Farmers and Sierra Club.

"This is the first time we've had such a diverse group of stakeholders come to the table and talk about this issue. It's been a good process with a lot of give and take from all sides," says Manly Wilder, assistant secretary for natural resources with the Dept. of Environment and Natural Resources. "A great deal of effort has been made to give farmers, environmentalists and citizens a voice in deciding how this program will work. The LCP is a landmark piece of legislation for the environment, and is a big step forward for North Carolina's conservation efforts and the agricultural community."

Continuing Education Courses at NC Pork Conference Finalized
At the request of attendees, the Tradeshow and Conference Committee expanded the number of credit hours available at the North Carolina Pork Conference from two to four. Below is the schedule with topics and presenters:

Wednesday, February 20th
9:00 am: Change over 25 years in efficiency, composition, nutrient excretion and odor of pigs
Justin Fix, Graduate Student, Animal Science, NCSU
10:00 am Reputation Management forn the Pork Industry
Dallas Hockman, Vice President of Industry Relations, National Pork Producers Council
Thursday, February 21st
9:00 am:Safe operation of swine waste management systems
Dr. Todd See, Professor, Animal Science, NCSU
10:00 am: Cost share guidelines for SB1465 Animal Waste Management Initiative
Vernon Cox, Technical Services Section Chief, Division of Soil & Water Conservation, NC DENR

Make plans to join us for the 2008 North Carolina Pork Conference and Trade Show!

Two full days of activities are planned for the 2008 North Carolina Pork Conference to be held at the Greenville Convention Center on February 20th and 21st.

The 2008 conference will combine a trade show, fellowship opportunities, recognition of your fellow producers, the latest information that is impacting how pork is produced and credit hours for operators of animal waste systems.

Pork producers will be able to network, view the latest in equipment and gather the latest information on virtually every facet of our industry. The trade show will be open from 8:00 am until 4:00 pm on both Wednesday and Thursday. Due to the demand from attendees there will be the opportunity to earn two hours of continuing education credit for operators of animal waste systems on Wednesday and Thursday morning.

At Wednesday's luncheon, attendees will have the invaluable opportunity to hear a panel discussion by today's industry leaders. There's more information to come on this exciting event.

Wednesday, February 20th will be the opportunity to hear John Davis, Executive Director of the North Carolina Forum for Research and Economic Education (NCFREE). This is a pro-business organization of which the NC Pork Council is a member. If you want to know the status of any of the NC election races for 2008 come to hear Mr. Davis. His presentations are always outstanding and informative.

Also on Wednesday, you will have the opportunity to here an economic outlook on the pork industry from Dr. Steve Meyer, President, Paragon Economics, Inc. Dr. Meyer will present an economic analysis of pork industry structure and changes, the impact of pork production on the general economy and the effects of governmental policy on the pork industry.

Thursday, February 21st, you will want to attend the awards luncheon, which will highlight our 2008 winners, including the Hall of Fame recipient as well as this year's Pork All-American, Outstanding Pork Producer and Lois G. Britt Service Award recipient. We will also hear remarks by Commission of Agriculture Steve Troxler.

On Thursday, during the afternoon, there will be a workshop looking at workforce management and immigration issues. Eric Spell, president, AgCareers.Com the leading recruitment website in the field of agriculture will present a workshop that outlines tips on successfully recruiting, retaining, and managing a quality workforce.

Also on Thursday, immigration issues as they relate to your farm's workforce will be discussed by Bernhard Mueller an Associate with Ogletree Deakins, one of America's leading labor and employment law firms. He will share information on obtaining visas for foreign employees and how to develop an employment eligibility compliance program to comply with government regulations.

If you need accommodations, please contact the Hilton Greenville at 252-355-5000. Additional rooms are available at the nearby City Hotel & Bistro at the rate of $85.00. You may reach them at 252-355-8300.

2008 Pork Industry Environmental Steward Awards
The Pork Checkoff is receiving applications/nominations for the 2008 Pork Industry Environmental Steward awards. Pork producers are invited to apply for the award or can be nominated by state associations and other parties.

Applications/nominations must be postmarked, or received by, March 31, 2008.

Award winners will be contacted by June 2008. Winners are featured in an educational video and featured in the Pork Checkoff Report and National Hog Farmer magazines. Winners receive a recognition plaque and are invited to attend an awards ceremony at the 2009 Pork Industry Forum.

The Pork Industry Environmental Stewards program is co-sponsored by the Pork Checkoff and National Hog Farmer magazine.

Two North Carolina producers have earned this prestigious title in recent years: Bundy Lane of Sarem Farms in Gates County in 2003 and Henry Moore of Bobcat Farms in Sampson County in 2006.

For more information visit NPB's website or contact your staff at the North Carolina Pork Council.

Upcoming Events ing Events
Northeast Regional Pork Conference
Tuesday, Feb. 12th
Nixon's Catering on Hwy 32 North about 6 miles north of Edenton.
North Carolina Pork Council 2008 Annual Conference and Tradeshow
February 20th, 21st
Greenville, NC
Agribusiness Thursdays

Every Thursday is "Argribusiness Thursday" at the Mad Boar Restaurant in Wallace.

The folks at the Mad Boar want to use their Thursday event as both appreciation for those who work in the agribusiness community and an opportunity for networking and fellowship within the community. Every Thursday, beginning at 5:00 pm, there will be drink specials, appetizers, and opportunities to win rounds of golf at neighboring River Landing golf course.

There is a drawing every Thursday for the complimentary round of golf.

The North Carolina Pork Council: We Bring a Lot to the Table
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