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Vol. 15   Issue 3
April 30, 2015

First Ever...

Got to Be NC Show Pig Sale




Saturday, June 20th @ 5:00 p.m.

Wilson County Fairgrounds

Wilson, NC



hosted by


Free delivery to central locations in SC, GA and VA

Pigs will be PEDv tested one week prior to the sale.

Should you have questions or need more info please contact Walter Earle:
 252-237-0111 Office - 252-205-7123 Cell


Check website for updates:  

2015 North Carolina Pork Council Scholarship

Application deadline is May 9th


Each year, NCPC awards scholarships to two North Carolina agriculture students in the amount of $1,000 per student.


To be eligible, applicants must be an undergraduate or incoming freshman at either the community college or university level in North Carolina. They must also be enrolled as a full-time student in an agricultural curriculum of study.


Applicants who have a strong desire to remain active in the swine production industry after graduation; who are actively engaged in swine production; or an applicant whose parents or other family members are actively engaged in the North Carolina swine industry will be given preference by the selection committee.

For more information on eligibility requirements and to access the scholarship application go to 

Farm Animal Days


Our producers, industry reps and staff  have been involved in many successful school, youth and consumer/public engagement events this month. No doubt, Farm Animal Days was a headliner. Farm Animal Days gives children a chance to see and touch farm animals and learn about agriculture; tractors were also on display. The event is designed for school field trips (pre-school through first grade); however many families and individuals also attended .Use this link to hear from Dr. Todd See about the event: 

Mark Rice to speak at World Pork Expo



We know that many of you will be attending World Pork Expo in June.  Mark Rice of NCSU's Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering is on the PORK Academy agenda for Wednesday, June 4. Here are details:


10:15 - 11:00       Planning for Emergency Mass-Depopulation of Swine in Response to a Foreign Animal Disease Outbreak


Sponsored by: Pork Checkoff

Mark Rice, North Carolina State University


In the event of a foreign animal disease outbreak in the United States, a method for rapid on-farm swine mass-depopulation that meets American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) recommendations will be required. This session will present planning tools and the basic planning concepts for an on-farm system that can be assembled from readily available, low cost materials.


Industry Calendar 

Save the Date for the first "NCSU Swine Research Forum" - Tuesday, May 12 at the Sampson County Cooperative Extension Center near Clinton. North Carolina State University scientists will be presenting and discussing their latest swine related research. The forum is designed to increase communication between NCSU researchers with swine producers and key industry personnel. More details in our next edition of Porkline! 


May 8 - Flying Pig Challenge - Rose Hill (Members Only Event supporting the NC Pork Council Political Action Committee) - Click here to register.


June 3-5 - World Pork Expo - Iowa State Fairgrounds, Des Moines, IA -


June 16-19 - 2015 Pork Management Conference - New Orleans, LA - This conference is hosted by the National Pork Board and is suited for, but not limited to, Producers, Owners, Growers, Packers, CFO's, CEO's, HR/Safety Directors, Controllers, Accountants, Risk Managers, and Allied Industry. For more information, call 800-456-7675.


Continuing Education Information


If you have questions about the number of continuing education hours you have on record or the status of your annual renewal invoice, you can visit the DWR website.


To schedule individual or group Adult PQA Plus, TQA or Youth PQA certification classes, contact Jan Archer at 

The North Carolina Pork Council. We bring a lot to the table.