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Master Pork Awards Nominations Due Aug. 1

Nominations for the 2020 Master Pork Producers, Master Pork Partners and Environmental Steward Award are now being accepted by the Iowa Pork Producers Association (IPPA). The submission deadline is Aug. 1, 2020, according to a release from the IPPA.

The Master Pork Awards Program is a joint effort between IPPA and Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach. It began in 1942 to help stimulate pork and lard production in support of World War II efforts. While program standards have shifted over the years, the awards still serve to promote diversity, efficiency and excellence in pork production in Iowa, the release says.

The award recognizes outstanding Iowa pork producers. Awardees will be evaluated based on their pork production statistics, and their commitment to We Care principles, which outline values in food safety, animal well-being, employee safety and health, community outreach and protection of both the environment and public health.

There are three categories for Master Pork Partner awards, which were first established in 2014 to recognize individuals who are not involved in day-to-day, on-farm duties and management, but demonstrate positive impacts on Iowa pork production through important partnerships with pig farmers. The additional categories are Veterinarian of the Year and Driver of the Year, according to the release.

The IPPA Environmental Steward Award will recognize an individual who demonstrates the positive contributions the pork industry makes to the natural environment.

All award winners will be honored at the 2021 Iowa Pork Congress in Des Moines in January. For more information, award nomination forms and instructions, and past award recipients, go to and click on the information on the left side of the page. You can also contact the IPPA office at 800-372-7675 or email [email protected].

Iowa Pork Crawl Rewards Customers for Supporting Eateries

As Iowa restaurants reopen following loosened coronavirus-related restrictions, the Iowa Pork Producers Association (IPPA) is rewarding customers for supporting them—while eating pork, according to an IPPA release.

The group has kicked off the Iowa Pork Crawl Freestyle, a summer promotion that encourages customers to enjoy pork at eateries around the state. Participants can dine in, carry out or have their meal delivered, then share photos of their food on social media channels for a chance to win prizes. The contest runs through Aug. 30, the release says.

Rules are simple: Order an entree featuring pork from a choice of five different Iowa food establishments, including restaurants, vendors and food trucks. Pork must be the main ingredient, such as a pork chop, a breaded pork tenderloin, pork tacos, a BLT or pork ribs.

To enter for prizes, snap a photo of yourself with each of the five dishes, and share all five photos in a post on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Tag @IowaPork, tag or list the five restaurants you visited, and use the hashtag #IowaPorkCrawl. For every five pork entrees and restaurants visited, participants can post again for more chances to win.

"Iowa Pork values our relationships with foodservice entities across the state, and it has been a tough couple months for both them and our farmers," said Kelsey Sutter, IPPA's marketing and programs director, in the release. "This program is aimed to celebrate the resilience and perseverance of both."

The first 25 individuals who correctly share a completed Iowa Pork Crawl will win a pork swag bag that includes a T-shirt, a meat thermometer, an Iowa Pork can koozie and $10 in Pork Cash that can be redeemed for fresh pork products at most major Iowa grocery retailers, the release says.

Once the crawl ends, two participants will be randomly selected to each win a grand prize valued at $500. One package features a catered party for up to 20 guests, with pork among the meat offerings, while a YETI explorer package includes a YETI cooler, two YETI Rambler® Tumblers, $100 in Pork Cash and a $25 gas card.

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Winners Announced at the 2020 Missouri Pork Classic Golf Tournament

The Missouri Pork Association hosted the 21st annual Missouri Pork Classic on June 23, 2020, at Boonville’s Hail Ridge Golf Course. This year’s tournament was a success, assembling a total of 33 teams made up of area producers and industry representatives. Players enjoyed great food and endless fun on the course. Several prizes were awarded during the annual Rib Fest immediately following the tournament, including those listed below, according to a Missouri Pork Association release.

First, second and third place were recognized with cash prizes in Flights A and B. Flight A results are as follows: First place went to Ben Jacobi, Brian Nobis, Seth Brunkhorst and Nick Larson, sponsored by Ag Property Solutions, with a score of 49. Second place was awarded to the team of Casey Wasser, Scott Swain, Gary Wheeler and Senator Caleb Rowden, sponsored by Missouri Soybean, with a score of 49. Third place went to Greg Reed, Keith Whitney, Bob Rush and Brent Marcks, sponsored by Raymond James, with a score of 51.

Flight B results were as follows: With a score of 68, first place was awarded to, Brain Spannagel, Hayden Williams, Corey Oswald and Joel Steckelberg sponsored by Kemin. Second place in flight B went to Craig Behnken, Bill Kent, Jim Van Booven and Kara Spinar, sponsored by Zoetis, with a score of 69. In third place, John Akridge, Dean Rehmeier, Rick Rehmeier and Eric Rehmeier, sponsored by MFA Inc. scoring 69.

Additional cash prizes were awarded in various categories, including: Longest Putt – Steve Menke of Pipestone; Longest Drive – Nick Larson of N-5 Enterprises; and Closest to the Hole – Richard Hawkins of FCS Financial. Cash prizes in the skins contest went to three different teams: N-5 Enterprises, Mt. Zion Homestead and Missouri Soybean Association.

Heimerl Farms, Ltd. donates 1,645 pounds of pork to Mid-Ohio Food Bank for families in need during COVID-19 pandemic 

When the news of COVID -19 broke in March, many questions were left unanswered both for the pork industry and consumers throughout Ohio and the U.S. Not only were grocery store shelves empty, but many families found themselves in a difficult situation with unemployment rates soaring to record high numbers, according to a release from Heimerl Farms.

Heimerl Farms, with the partnership of Provimi, a Cargill company, donated 1,645 pounds of processed pork to Mid-Ohio Foodbank, who provides 140,000 meals per day to families in need across 20 counties in Ohio, the release says.  

“41 million Americans go hungry every day and of that, 11 million are children,” said Brad Heimerl, family member and part-owner of Heimerl Farms, in the release. “Add this to the economic climate that COVID-19 has created and you instantly see where there is a need to bring food to the tables of families throughout central Ohio.”