The Ohio Pork Council delivered a powerful event for producers on Tuesday and Wednesday in Columbus. The Ohio Pork Congress attracted more than 450 attendees and 72 trade show exhibitors for educating, networking and honoring its members.
“Each year, Ohio’s pork producers have the opportunity to learn from industry professionals about innovative products and methods to positively impact their farming operations," Ohio Pork Council President Dave Shoup said in a release. “Thanks to our panel of speakers and trade show exhibitors, attendees of Ohio Pork Congress gained valuable information that can be implemented in their daily profession.”
On Tuesday, the Employee Symposium featured industry professionals sharing perspectives on pork industry work culture and attracting employees. Guest speakers included Scott Caine of Aimpoint Research and Jonathon Hoek, Kasey Sheldon and Valerie Duttlinger of Summit SmartFarms. Later that evening, the live auction and reception generated over $26,000 to benefit non-checkoff activities.
Wednesday's line-up of speakers covered topics ranging from water quality and supply chain demands to biosecurity and African swine fever. Speakers included Tyler Bettin of the National Pork Producers Council; Jordan Hoewischer of Ohio Farm Bureau; Scott Brown of University of Missouri’s College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources; Ron Cegnar of CEO Partners Inc.; Tom Gillespie of Performance Health, PC; and Pam Zaabel of National Pork Board.
Keynote Speaker Henry Zerby of Wendy’s Quality Supply Chain Co-op Inc., provided insights on the global protein supply.
Deserving individuals were awarded for their contributions to the pork industry during the Wednesday luncheon.
Jim Heimerl of Johnstown, Ohio, (left) received the 2019 Pork Industry Excellence Award, sponsored by Elanco.
Tony Nye (right) of Washington Court House, Ohio, receives the 2019 Ohio Pork Council Service Award from Ohio Pork Council President Dave Shoup (left).
Bill Knapke of Fort Recovery, Ohio, receives the 2019 Swine Manager of the Year Award, sponsored by Zoetis, from Ohio Pork Council President Dave Shoup (left).
The Morrow County Pork Producers received the Pork Promoter of the Year Award, sponsored by Ohio's Country Journal and Ohio Ag Net.
Ohio Pork Council President Dave Shoup (left) presents Dr. Andrew Bowman of Milford Center, Ohio, with the 2019 Friend of Ohio Pork award sponsored by Kalmbach Feeds and Formula of Champions.
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