On March 16th, President Trump issued updated Coronavirus Guidance for America, naming the food supply chain as part of the critical infrastructure needed to maintain health, safety and national security. This guidance states that: “If you work in a critical infrastructure industry, as defined by the Department of Homeland Security, such as healthcare services and pharmaceutical and food supply, you have a special responsibility to maintain your normal work schedule.”

Workers at every level of the food supply chain are listed as critical: farmers, feed mill employees, food manufacturing plant workers, grocery store workers and more. Click on the link below to see the guidance memo from Homeland Security.

Five award winners were celebrated at the annual awards luncheon on March 11. These are the award recipients:

Hall of Fame: Deborah Johnson
Lois G. Britt Service Award: George Pettus
Excellence in Innovation: Kraig Westerbeek
Pork Producer of the Year: Chad Herring
Emerging Leader: Bailee Arnold

The African swine fever (ASF) outbreak in China and in many other countries around the world is wreaking havoc on the international pork industry. Fortunately, ASF is not in the United States at this time, but the possibility of it or other foreign animal disease (FAD) means that American pig farmers must take the necessary steps to protect their farms and the domestic pork industry.

March 20, 2020

Essential, critical … and humble

The federal government has issued formal guidance to the nation about the “essential critical infrastructure workforce” and the “special responsibility” to maintain continuity amid a national effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. It should be no surprise that farmers are deemed “essential” and “critical” as are all those who work in the supply chain […]

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April 15, 2020

Scholarship deadline

Each year, NCPC awards $1,000 scholarships to two deserving North Carolina agriculture students. To be eligible, an applicant must be an undergraduate or incoming freshman at either the community college or university level with preference given to students attending a community college or university within the state of North Carolina. The applicant must also be enrolled […]

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