NC Pork News
Election time!

Be on the lookout for a ballot in your mailbox for the 2018 Board of Directors election.

This is a mail-in election, so be sure to send your signed ballot back by Dec. 31.
Awards applications available

Nominations are now being accepted for annual awards to recognize excellence in our industry. The lineup includes three new awards that aim to recognize young leaders, industry employees and industry innovation. For criteria and an application, click on the name of the award below:
  1. Hall of Fame
  2. Outstanding Pork Producer of the Year
  3. Emerging Leader Award - NEW
  4. Lois G. Britt Service Award
  5. Award for Excellence in Innovation - NEW
  6. W.W. Shay Award for Industry Distinction - NEW
New 100-pound overseed allowance approved

The modification updates the application window protocol for the 100-pound nitrogen PAN rate for both Cereal Rye and Annual Rye, as well as winter small grains. The updated application window protocol is:

  • Farms utilizing the 100 lbs./ac PAN rate for the overseed are allowed to apply no more than 50 lbs./ac PAN from October 1 through December 31 and no more than 50 lbs./ac PAN from January 1 through March 31. 
  • Applications made during the months of December and January cannot exceed the combined total of 25 lbs./ac PAN for the two-month period.
  • The last application of animal waste is to be applied to the Bermuda crop prior to September 30.
  • The PAN rate for grazed systems must be reduced by 25%.

All other requirements of the July 13, 1998 Memorandum continue to apply. This rate/method is available for implementation immediately. To utilize this rate/method, the Certified Animal Waste Management Plan must be updated and signed.
The date by which farms should comply with the reporting requirements of the federal Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) has been exte to Jan. 22, 2018.

For additional information about what is required, visit our website…

Video series highlights exports
The N.C. Pork Council unveiled four videos that highlights the use of North Carolina pork products in three Asian cities. The project was a partnership between the N.C. Pork Council and the   N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services' International Marketing Section.

We could use your help in spreading these videos on Facebook. You can find these videos on our  Facebook page . Just click the 'Share' button under the video post to share this with your friends and family.
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Upcoming events
Animal Waste Operator In Charge Class
There will be an initial 10-hour Animal Waste Operator In Charge (OIC) class in Bladen County, January 18 & 19. Registration starts at 9:30 on the first day and class starts at 10 both days. Register by Jan. 12 by calling the Bladen Extension Office at 910-862-4591, emailing  or go to  to sign up. Registration information needed: name(s), address (mailing or email), phone number, license type A (hogs) or B (dairy) and if you need a manual. Cost for the class and manual is $35 for an entire manual, $20 for class and a study manual or $5 for just the class.  Payment is due on the first day of class and a letter will be mailed or emailed closer to class date with more information

2018 Annual Conference
Mark your calendar for the 2018 annual conference, March 7 & 8 at the Crabtree Marriott in Raleigh!
Be Counted!
The Census of Agriculture will be mailed out this month and while some may look at the every-five-year survey as a hassle, it's important that you take the time to be counted accurately. The resulting data are used by farmers, ranchers, trade associations, researchers, policymakers, and many others to help make decisions in community planning, farm assistance programs, technology development, farm advocacy, agribusiness setup, rural development, and more.
From an industry standpoint, the Census of Agriculture is the basis of economic research that shows that the N.C. swine industry is an important economic driver, creating $3 billion in annual income, $8 billion in annual sales and supporting 46,000 full-time jobs.

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