February 3, 2020
NSR Updates
2020 National Youth Leadership Conference
The 2020 NJSA National Youth Leadership Conference will be held in Raleigh, North Carolina March 26-28, 2020. The registration form is now live and can be found HERE . The registration deadline is Wednesday, February 19. Participants will experience three days of agriculture tours, professional development and educational training. Don't miss this opportunity. If you have any questions, please contact NSR Director of Education and Outreach, Nicole Hall, at nicole@nationalswine.com or 765-463-3594. For more information and to register online, click HERE .

Don't forget to complete the NJSA NYLC New Attendee Travel Scholarship application. This scholarship is provided by the National Pork Board and assists with travel costs associated with NYLC. The application deadline is Wednesday, February 19. The application can be found HERE .
2020 NJSA Scholarship Deadline
The application deadline for 2020 NJSA Scholarships is Sunday, March 1. For more information and to apply, click HERE .
NSR Purebred Influenced Crossbred Class
Beginning at The 2021 Exposition and National Junior Summer Spectacular and Summer Type Conference, NJSA members have the opportunity to show NSR Purebred Influenced Crossbreds as market (barrows) or breeding animals (gilts). Additionally, these animals would be eligible to show and be offered for sale in the respective crossbred portions of the open shows at NSR events.
Requirements would include:

  1. A documented parent (sire or dam) that is Duroc, Hampshire, Landrace, or Yorkshire. If utilizing a purebred sow, a DNA sample must be submitted to verify parentage. The use of a purebred sire would meet the same sire requirements as members recording a purebred litter.
  2. The animal(s) must be recorded in the NSR Crosscheck Verification Program and documentation provided at the time of check-in.
  3. Animals eligible to show could either be sired by or farrowed by a documented purebred parent. Additionally, animals that may not meet purebred breed eligibility requirements but still maintain a pedigree would be eligible to show in this division (ie. short counting Durocs, off- belted Hampshires)

Junior Awards: NJSA will offer premiums for the Top 5 Purebred Influenced Crossbred Gilts and Barrows. The award structure will be as follows:

Champion- $2000
Reserve Champion- $1500
3 rd Overall- $750
4 th Overall- $500
5 th Overall- $250
(*) Champion and Reserve Gilts will be eligible to automatically enter the sale

Top 5 Animals will be required to pass the parentage requirements outlined to receive premiums.

This new program will provide youth swine exhibitors another opportunity to show swine projects at NJSA events and enhance the value and awareness of purebreds. Furthermore, this initiative increases value and education to NSR members by utilizing purebred genetics in crossbreeding schemes and helps build the crossbred swine registry data base. These animals would also be granted the opportunity to be merchandised during the crossbred sales at NSR events.
Two New NSR Initiatives
NSR Collector's Edition: click HERE for more information.

What's New with ME (Membership Education): Click HERE to read the most recent What's New with ME (Membership Education).
2020 NSR Winter Type Conference and NJSA Southeast Regional
Thanks to our amazing members, exhibitors, breeders, sponsors, volunteers and industry allies, the NSR and NJSA experienced a record-breaking week in Perry, Georgia! From January 22-25, 2020, 461 NJSA exhibitors from 14 states exhibited 1,089 pigs.

All Southeast Regional and Winter Type Conference show and sale highlights can be found HERE . Full show, sale and contest results will be on nationalswine.com later this week.

All Seedstock EDGE Media ring shots are uploaded and ready to be purchased HERE .

Thank you for a great event! We are looking forward to our upcoming events, the Southwest Type Conference, NSR Weanling Extravaganza and National Youth Leadership Conference.
Noah Morris Memorial Scholarship
The Noah Morris Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually to honor the brief but rewarding life of Noah Morris. Noah was tragically killed in an automobile accident near his home on July 28, 2012.

Noah would have been a junior at Clinton High School where he was active in football and basketball. Noah’s true passion was exhibiting swine. He attended shows locally and across the United States. Noah touched many people with his big heart and amazing smile.

This annual scholarship will be awarded to those recipients who share his passion for showing pigs and wish to pursue a career in agriculture. It is our hope Noah’s dreams will make the scholarship recipient’s dreams come true as well.

The application deadline is Friday, February 14. For more information and to apply, click HERE .