PORK’s Top 10 Articles of 2019 - page 2

4-H exhibitor Mason Gorecki (left) sells his 246-pound pig to Joe Pues of EGI Mechanical and donates all proceeds to the Diemel family. ( Linda Peeters )

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5. 5 Things No One Tells You About 4-H

It had been one of those days. My husband was at a meeting and our three kids needed to be in three different places at the same time. As I dropped my son Hunter off at football and found a ride for my oldest daughter Olivia to youth group, I thought to myself, do we really need one more thing?  

It was the first night of 4-H Cloverbuds for our youngest. She’s only 5. Would she even know what she’s missing? Read more. 

4. Feds Seize Million Pounds of Smuggled Chinese Pork

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) stopped an attempt to smuggle one million pounds of pork from China to a New Jersey port on Friday, resulting in the biggest seizure of agricultural product in American history. This comes on the heels of African swine fever (ASF) raging through China and devastating the hog population in the world’s largest pork-producing country.

“This was highly orchestrated,” said Stephen Maloney, the Customs and Border Patrol’s acting port director for the Port of New York/Newark. He said this was a concerted effort to conceal product. Read more.

3. Unpopular County Fair Opinion

I watched my teenage daughter walk back to our pens with her Hampshire barrow last week at the National Junior Summer Spectacular in Louisville and couldn’t help but tear up. She had just been named Reserve Champion in the Hampshire show and there’s no question that I was proud of her and happy about the win. But that didn’t cause the misty-eyed response. I teared up because not too far behind her carrying the banner was her sweet friend, Makayla. Read more.

2. 3 Reasons to Support Youth who Raise Livestock

Some people claim that raising livestock through FFA and 4-H hardens the hearts of our industry’s young people. Yet, if you have been involved in these organizations, you know it does just the opposite. Raising livestock awakens the soul and gives young people a purpose. It gives them a reason to wake up each day and be a caretaker and teaches the proper way to care for animals to ultimately deliver a safe product to the marketplace. 
 
Whether you agree or not with the concept of raising livestock for food, it has been a common practice in our culture for centuries and a practice that is sure to continue. And the truth is, the livestock raised by youth live the very best life on earth, and our young people learn endless life lessons along that journey. Read more.

1. 4-Her Sells Pig for $10,000, Donates Money to Grieving Diemel Family

The generosity and compassion of an 11-year-old 4-H member raised more than $10,000 on Friday in support of the Nick and Justin Diemel family.

The Diemel brothers of Diemel Cattle Company went missing on July 21 while in Missouri on a business trip. On July 28, a Braymer, Mo., man was charged in connection to their disappearance. Although officials do not know where Nick and Justin are yet, it has changed from a missing person’s case into a death investigation. Read more.

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