When the pork industry gathers each year at the annual conference to discuss current trends and pressing issues, the North Carolina Pork Council recognizes those who have made valuable contributions to our industry. They include pioneers who helped set the stage for the industry’s success, innovators who continue to push us forward, and emerging leaders who are poised to make a significant impact in the years to come. This is the fourth blog post featuring one of our six 2018 award recipients.
As executive director of Feed the Dialogue NC Foundation, Marlowe Ivey Vaughn encourages people to have meaningful conversations about North Carolina agriculture and the farmers who grow and tend to it. The foundation addresses topics such as animal care, food safety and environmental issues.
Her enthusiasm, passion and knowledge of the pork industry earned her the Emerging Leader Award, previously known as the Pork All-American, an award also earned by her father, Bob Ivey in 1982.
In addition to her role with Feed the Dialogue, Marlowe is actively involved in the pork industry through the finishing farm she owns with her brother. She is currently serving on the National Pork Board Marketing Committee, and she has participated in the Pork Leadership Institute and served as a delegate at the National Pork Forum.
As the daughter of a hog farmer, as a hog farmer herself, and as a mom, Marlowe can effectively communicate with others about the truths of the industry.
“Marlowe understands the challenges facing today’s agriculture and the need to converse with consumers about concerns and questions they have about modern farming,” said Mitch Peele of N.C. Farm Bureau. “She has become a great representative for agriculture and will no doubt have many leadership opportunities in the years to come.”
Marlowe is actively involved in the pork industry. She has served on the National Pork Board Marketing Committee, participated in the Pork Leadership Institute, and served as a delegate at the National Pork Forum.