Today’s pork industry is facing an ever-growing set of challenges. Labor, environmental activists, animal rights activists, public policy and courtroom challenges…and the list goes on.

These challenges aren’t going away. And we are going to need leaders in the years and decades to come to help our industry navigate these challenges. Whether that is on a NC Pork Council committee, our board of directors, or on national committees or ultimately on the National Pork Board or National Pork Producers Council boards of directors.

To help us accomplish that mission, the North Carolina Pork Council is pleased to announce the 2022 Pork Leadership Carolina (PLC) program. This program is designed to work with a select group of hog farmers, allied industry partners and others who have a keen interest in the pork industry and prepare them for the challenges and opportunities our industry will encounter in the future.

The 2022 PLC will include three different sessions of meetings and each session will focus on a different set of challenges and opportunities. All lodging and meal expenses will be covered.

  • Session 1 – April 26-27, Raleigh
    The first session will showcase a discussion about leadership. It will include an evaluation of the threats facing our industry. We will have a discussion of how to interact with elected officials and how you can participate in election campaigns. We’ll provide some background information to help you interact with your neighbors when they ask the difficult to answer questions about raising hogs. And we’ll give you an introduction to working with the media and how to use social media to help spread the good deeds of our members. This session will begin with lunch on Tuesday and adjourn just after lunch on Wednesday.
  • Session 2 – June 15, Raleigh
    This session will focus on state government. We expect the General Assembly will be in session and we plan to take PLC participants to the GA to meet with our elected senators and representatives. You’ll learn how to carry your concerns to your representatives in the legislature. We are also planning a discussion on the other roles state agencies play in shaping our industry. This session will begin at 10 a.m. and adjourn not later than 4 p.m.
  • Session 3 – July 13-14, Washington, DC
    Participants will travel via bus to Washington, DC. We’ll meeting with our US Senators and their staff, the members of our congressional delegation, the staff at the National Pork Producers Council, and hopefully see the sights of DC. We anticipate leaving Raleigh early on the morning of the 13th and return early evening on the 14th.

2022 Participants:

  • Bailee Arnold of Middlesex
  • Matthew Carter of Seven Springs
  • Chris Conser of Mount Pleasant
  • Joshua Coombs of Clinton
  • Blake Floars of Goldsboro
  • Adam Gaines of Apex
  • Edwin Griffin of East Bend
  • Douglas Jones Jr of Greensboro
  • Bill Jordan of Clinton
  • Jack Kelly of Raleigh
  • Mario Laguardia of Murfreesboro
  • Alec Linton of Goldsboro
  • Dave Overman of Goldsboro
  • Cassandra L Peters of Windsor
  • Christina Phillips of Wallace
  • Carson Rose of Newton Grove
  • Joseph (Joey) Short of Fayetteville
  • Rodney (Rod) D. Smith Jr. of Pink Hill
  • Savannah Strickland of Mount Olive
  • Mallory Strickland of Warsaw
  • Paul Clay Utley II of Kinston
  • Cameron Watson of Newton Grove
  • Wesley Wilson of Kenansville