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N.C. pig farmer featured in Secret Lives video
Medal of Honor recipient and N.C. pig farmer, Walter Marm Jr., was featured in the Secret Lives of Pig Farmers. Click on the image above to go to the story.
NC Pork News
NC Pork is heading to the mountains

The N.C. Pork Council will be at the N.C. Mountain State Fair in Fletcher on Monday, Sept. 11, along with the National Pork Board Responsible Pork Trailer. We will be handing out samples of pork loin to fairgoers, and in honor of Patriots' Day, we will also offer pork loin sandwiches to first responders and members of the military.
The NCPC Tar Heel Pork Challenge cooking contest at the fair will also be held on Monday, Sept. 11, and staff will be there to hand out awards to winners. 
Volunteers are needed to serve samples at the trailer from 3 to 10 p.m. Contact Jen Kendrick at for more information.
Webinar: How to prevent broken needles: Protecting People, Pigs and Pork
Mark your calendar for Thursday, Sept. 7, at 2 p.m. for an educational webinar brought to you by the Pork Checkoff - How to Prevent Broken Needles: Protecting People, Pigs and Pork.
This hour-long webinar will offer keen insights into why it's so critical to prevent broken needles from happening on the farm and the potential consequences if we don't. As an added bonus, one of the country's largest pork packers will also provide their insights into this important issue. Webinar participants will also be able to pose questions before the session wraps up.
The NC Pork Patrol looking for great tailgates at NCSU football games

The NC Pork Patrol will again be roaming around the tailgate areas at N.C. State football games looking for people who are serving up pork as part of their pre-game tailgate. Tailgaters will be encouraged to share photos of their pork meals on social media using the #NCPorkPatrol hashtag to be featured on the Jumbotron during the game and to get the Pork Patrol to visit their area of tailgate for game day giveaways. Tailgaters throughout the season will be encouraged to sign up for a grand-prize prize pack, which will include a year's supply of bacon.
A North Carolina pig farmer from our membership will be featured during each game as part of the promotion. 

DVR alert! A Chef's Life season five premiere date announced
Season 5 of Kinston chef Vivian Howard's award-winning television show "A Chef's Life" is set to premiere nationwide on Oct. 3. In North Carolina, it will air on Thursday nights on UNCTV beginning Oct. 5. 
The N.C. Pork Council has sponsored the program since it's inception and Vivian frequently highlights pork in the show. This season will focus on the publicity tour of her cookbook, "Deep Run Roots."
National News
Registration Open for First Pig Welfare Symposium

The National Pork Board has announced that its first-ever Pig Welfare Symposium will take place Nov. 7-9, 2017, in Des Moines, Iowa. The forum is designed to help improve the well-being of pigs by disseminating recent research findings and recommendations, raising awareness of current and emerging issues and identifying potential solutions.

"The symposium provides a forum for sharing ideas, learning from other segments of the industry and fostering dialogue on pig welfare-related issues," said Sherrie Webb, director of animal welfare for the Pork Checkoff. "We hope that a broad spectrum of people will attend, including producers, veterinarians, academia, packers and processors and allied industry partners."

Registration is $200 per person. A reduced student rate and virtual attendance options also are being offered. For more information, go to .
Industry Calendar
  • Sept. 2: Albemarle Area Circuit Show
  • Sept. 9: Edgecombe County Livestock Show
  • Sept. 14: Duplin County
  • Sept. 19: Wilson County Fair
  • Sept. 28: Wayne Regional Ag Fair
  • Oct. 3: Sampson Swine Show
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