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5-8 ............... 2020 Year in Review 10 ............. Legislative Update 17-27 ............. Swine Health Symposium &

Ohio Pork Congress Program

28-32 ............. Awards


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Message from our President OPC Members and Friends of the Pork Industry, My name is Ryan McClure, and I am the newly elected President of the Ohio Pork Council. My family and I operate McClure Farms, a grain operation, and Hillside Acres, a permitted wean-to-finish pig farm in Paulding County. I look forward to serving the organization during my term as President. As we look back on 2020, often times, we opt to point out the challenges and disappointments we were dealt. However, I invite you to set those aside, and think about all of the opportunities and lessons learned. As a farmer, I was certainly dealt a fair hand of challenges, but through those challenges came opportunities – and that rings true for the Ohio Pork Council. Over the past year, OPC has taken a transition in leadership, a global pandemic, supply chain disruptions and the cancellation of numerous in-person events in stride. With each of these challenges came opportunities – a chance to listen to our members more closely, assess and adjust the functions of our organization, improve our relationships with supply chain partners, refine Ohio’s swine health preparedness, and strategically plan ahead for future events. As I begin my term as President of the Ohio Pork Council, I’m not only reminded of how far our organization has come in the past year, but I’m also reassured that the work we are doing to advance Ohio’s pork industry is making a difference. As we kick off the new year, I invite you to join us for the Ohio Pork Congress in Columbus, Ohio. Rest assured that OPC is working hard to host the event in-person, with social distancing guidelines to be enforced. For those that are unable to join in person, all sessions will be live streamed and available to view online. New this year, the annual Swine Health Symposium will be held on Tuesday, February 9, and the Ohio Pork Congress Symposium will be held Wednesday, February 10. During the two-day program, a variety of nationally recognized industry professionals will provide insights on subjects pertinent to our industry. As we look ahead at what’s to come in 2021, Swine Health Symposium and Pork Congress speakers will deliver insights on animal health, disease prevention, the importance of a Secure Pork Supply Plan, employee onboarding and retention, and so much more. Be sure to join us early Tuesday morning for a coffee chat with National Pork Board CEO Bill Even, and National Pork Producers Council CEO Neil Dierks. The annual Ohio Pork Congress Trade Show will feature a variety of exhibits presenting the latest advancements in the pork industry. In this edition, you’ll find the Ohio Pork Congress program, which includes a list of Trade Show exhibitors, daily schedules and more. On Tuesday, February 9, I encourage you to attend the Pork Congress Reception and support the silent and live PAC auctions by placing bids to raise funds that support the efforts of the PAC committee. This committee works on behalf of OPC members to protect our freedom to operate pork businesses in Ohio and transport our products around the world. On Wednesday, February 10, you are invited to attend the annual Ohio Pork Congress Awards Luncheon, where we’ll recognize five deserving award recipients, and hear from Keynote Speaker Damian Mason, who’s sure to provide excellent entertainment for all in attendance. On behalf of the Ohio Pork Council and Ohio’s pork industry, I’d like to personally thank each of you for your continued support and commitment to advancing our industry. I look forward to working together in the new year and hope to see you at the 2021 Swine Health Symposium and Ohio Pork Congress.

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2020 Year In Review Making an Impact in 2020 As we close out the end of 2020 and welcome 2021 with open arms, it is evident that the Ohio Pork Council has made great strides with large efforts from members, industry partners, the board of directors and staff. Clearly, the COVID-19 pandemic dominated the daily work of the organization and hindered planned activities. However, the Ohio Pork Council fulfilled its responsibility to provide producer and consumer education, promote the work of farmers and work with research partners to enhance the industry. As we welcome some normalcy back, the Ohio Pork Council Board of Directors and staff pause to listen to our members, and evaluate our progress towards the goals set for our organization.

Improving Swine Health Preparedness In the early stages of the pandemic, OPC took the threat of supply chain disruptions as an opportunity to refine the state’s swine health preparedness plans. In collaboration with the Ohio Department of Agriculture, the Ohio State University and the Ohio Emergency Management Agency, Ohio’s pork industry has a swine health preparedness plan backed by research. The newly adapted plan includes ready-to-use farmer materials and decision trees to fit various scenarios. To access these materials, contact the Ohio Pork Council office. Additionally, OPC is pleased to partner with the National Pork Board to launch AgView within the state of Ohio. AgView is a technology solution to help the U.S. pork industry respond faster than ever before possible in the event of a foreign animal disease (FAD) outbreak. The web-based tool will allow participating producers to easily share their farm’s FAD status updates and pig movement data with state animal health officials. The opt-in, nofee technology – funded by the Pork Checkoff – will allow for contact-tracing of infected animals to help rapidly contain or regionalize a potential FAD outbreak. AgView is designed to help the U.S. pork industry coordinate a unified response to FADs across the nation – from grain farmers to producers, to state health officials and veterinarians. More information on AgView will be covered during the Swine Health Symposium on Tuesday, February 9, 2021. Ohio Porkline | www.OhioPork.org 6

Enhancing Environmental Stewardship & Responsibility Environmental stewardship and responsibility remained at the forefront of the mission of the Ohio Pork Council in 2020. Over the past year, OPC has served as a vocal partner for the Ohio Agricultural Conservation Initiative (OACI) and the H2Ohio program. In addition, OPC represents Ohio livestock groups on the 590 Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Standards Committee. In October, OACI launched the mobile app to enroll farmers in the OACI Farmer Certification Program, which helps farmers throughout Ohio take conservation programs to the next level through a free, confidential analysis of current nutrient management practices. Through the 590 Standards Committee, OPC developed and coordinated joint public comments regarding the final Ohio 590 standard update.

Honoring We Care Principles Despite the challenges of 2020, the We Care ethical principles remained at the forefront of the daily activities of the Ohio Pork Council and Ohio pig farmers. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Ohio’s pig farmers donated over 81,000 pounds of pork to food banks across the state. In addition to those donations, Ohio pig farmers representing Kalmbach Swine Management, Hord Family Farms and Heimerl Farms provided the Mid-Ohio Food Bank with a donation of 4,800 pounds of Sugardale ham. The ham donation, which will feed approximately 9,690 people, is fully funded by a collaborative t-shirt fundraiser established by the farms, in partnership with the Ohio Pork Council and Decal Impressions of Cincinnati, Ohio. JH Routh Packing Company of Sandusky, Ohio, also contributed to the fundraiser.

2020 Year In Review Numerous pig farmers and friends of the industry also participated in the National Pork Producers Council’s annual #GiveAHam challenge, a community challenge that encourages ham donations throughout the holiday season.

Promoting Pork in 2020 Despite in-person events being cancelled, the Ohio Pork Council participated in various consumer-facing promotions and partnerships in 2020. OPC’s social influencer partners created 17 social media blog posts featuring versatile pork recipes prepared using popular cooking methods. In 2020, these posts garnered 748,000 social media impressions, with six posts in the top 10 for their category on Google. New this year, OPC partnered with News 5 in Cleveland to participate in their Healthy at Home campaign. In October and November, OPC’s recipe videos earned over 538,600 TV impressions and 60,000 online impressions. The campaign featured three recipes prepared by social influencer partner A Cedar Spoon, in addition to a farmer interview with Janel Hord, which garnered over 35,000 impressions respectively. Through OPC’s partnership with Ohio State Athletics, Buckeye fans were encouraged to Party at Home with Pork this football season. Utilizing radio ads, digital ads and social media, OPC helped pork stay top-of-mind for fans at home. To wrap up 2020, OPC partnered with farmers, past Ohio State football players and friends of the pork industry to create a Pass the Pork video for Ohio State Buckeyes social media channels. This promotion encouraged Buckeye fans to pass the pork to their local food bank during the holiday season.

Pork in the Classroom Educating consumers from a young age remains a top priority for the Ohio Pork Council. Through OPC’s Virtual Field Trip program and Family and Consumer Science programs, our organization is not only able to educate students on modern farming practices, but we’re able to help students make informed decisions at the grocery store and in their kitchen. This year, in light of the pandemic, OPC reached students learning in the classroom and remotely at home. 2020 marked the sixth program year for OPC Virtual Field Trips, executed in partnership with Virtual Farm TripsTM. During the fall semester, four elementary and two middle and high school Virtual Field Trips were hosted, reaching a total of 1,505 students in 77 classrooms. Thanks to farmer hosts, Phil Hord, Casey Long, Rob Ratliff, Nathan Schroeder, Jacob Wuebker, Jeff Wuebker, Christine Snowden, Gracee Poorman and Dr. Bryan Ideus for making this year’s Virtual Field Trip program successful! Pivoting from traditional in-classroom instruction by OPC’s Family and Consumer Science presenters, OPC offered a virtual Pork in the Classroom learning opportunity for over 100 teachers. The learning opportunity, hosted by Peggy Flax and Diana Novotny, provided students with step-by-step recipe videos, a purchasing pork guide and a lesson about modern pig farming. Thank you to all of the dedicated farmers and volunteers who participate in these programs and help generate positive conversations about Ohio’s pork industry! OPC looks forward to continuing these popular programs in 2021.

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Financial Update

Checkoff Financial Statement I NCOME Checkoff Revenue

2 02 0

2 01 9

$ 621,409




$699,4 27

$ 7 2 8 , 1 51

Contributions TOTAL


2 01 9

Consumer Information & Promotion

$ 300,522

Consumer Information & Promotion

Production, Technology & Education

$ 177,353

Production, Technology, & Education

$ 289,099

Fixed Expenses TOTAL

$ 205,507 $ 75,769 $ 265,238

Fixed Expenses

$7 6 6 , 9 7 8



Increase (decrease) in net assets

$ (67,548)

Increase (decrease) in net assets

$ 153,370

Net assets at beginning of year

$ 487,982

Net assets at beginning of year

$ 334,612

Net assets at end of year

$ 487,982

$ 4 20,434

Net assets at end of year

Non-Checkoff Financial Statement INCOME 2020


Strategic Investments Program

$ 197,170


Contributions & Events



$7 7 1 , 3 6 7





Public Policy

$ 61,668

Public Policy

OPC Events


OPC Events

$ 155,930

Operating & Fixed Expenses

$ 443,032


Operating & Fixed Expense TOTAL

Increase (decrease) in net assets Net assets at beginning of year Net assets at end of year

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$ 50,437 $ 975,943 $ 1,026,380

$ 71,958



Increase (decrease) in net assets

$ 143,819

Net assets at beginning of year

$ 832,124

Net assets at end of year

$ 97 5, 9 4 3

Legislative Update Legislative and Regulatory Roundup Statehouse Report Provided by Bricker & Eckler In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic significantly reduced legislative activity that otherwise would have occurred. The legislature largely focused on the state’s response to the many impacts of COVID-19 in Ohio. Also, the House Republican majority caucus spent the late summer and fall reorganizing itself after former Speaker Larry Householder was indicted on federal charges related to the House Bill 6 scandal. House Republicans selected Representative Bob Cupp (R-Lima) to replace Representative Householder as Speaker. Water Quality: The H2Ohio program funded $172 million in the 2019 biennial budget, H.B. 166, remained almost fully funded, despite fiscal constraints to the state’s overall budget due to the COVID-19 pandemic causing reduced tax receipts. The Ohio Department of Agriculture is currently working with farmers via the H2Ohio water quality initiative in the 14 counties of the Maumee River Watershed in 2021 to implement Best Management Practices. Last year, the House and Senate introduced separate bills related to water quality issues, and both bills passed their respective chambers. Representative Haraz Ghanbari (R-Perrysburg) and Representative John Patterson (D-Jefferson) are sponsors of House Bill 7(HB 7), which creates the H2Ohio Trust Fund and the H2Ohio Advisory Council to disburse dollars from the trust fund for water quality programs. HB7 also creates the H2Ohio Endowment Board, which allows the fund to accept donations, land, title to land and federal dollars. Status: HB 7 text was amended with SB 2 provisions. It was further amended to modified requirements that land used in biofuel product must meet in order to be valued for property tax purpose of current agricultural use value land eligibility. HB 7 passed by both chambers. CARES Act Funding: The Ohio Pork Council successfully worked with Governor DeWine’s Administration during the spring and summer to develop a plan and to secure CARES Act funding in the event that livestock depopulation would need to occur due to COVID-19 disruptions in the food Ohio Porkline | www.OhioPork.org 10

supply chain. The agriculture organizations asked for $1.5 million in funding for the Department of Agriculture for potential depopulation expenses and were included in a broader appropriation of $25 million for all agencies to cover emergency costs that may arise due to the pandemic. Legislative Preview: The COVID-19 pandemic will certainly continue to shape Statehouse activity for the first half of 2021, at least until a vaccine is widely distributed. Governor DeWine, as a sitting Governor, must submit his operating budget proposal for the biennium to the General Assembly by February 1, 2021. The budget will be a fiscally constrained one because of likely decreased revenues, continued financial uncertainty due to the pandemic, and the requirement for the state to have a balanced budget. The Ohio Department of Agriculture, like all agencies, will advocate for its budget requests, and the Ohio Pork Council will have an opportunity to weigh in on those requests throughout the legislative process. Other legislative activity coming in 2021 is the mandatory redistricting for Congressional and Statehouse districts as result of the recent census. Many of the bills that were left unfinished at the end of 2020 will likely get reintroduced next General Assembly. Conclusion: Bricker & Eckler looks forward to working with the Ohio Pork Council in 2021 to address the issues you encounter in Ohio. Please continue to let us know how we can be of assistance and if you have any questions. We wish you and your families a Happy Holiday season and a Happy New Year.

JUNIOR SWINE DAY OSU VIRTUAL JUNIOR SWINE DAY - FEBRUARY 20, 2021 Registration is free. Visit: go.osu.edu/jsd2021 9:00 a.m. - Welcome Evaluating and Selecting Your Pig Project A.J. Genter, Wauseon, OH and Justin Rodabaugh, Rensselaer, IN Nutrition and Feed Management Dr. Joel DeRouchey, Swine Nutritionist, Kansas State University Meat Science Dr. Steve Moeller, OSU Swine Extension Specialist When Science and Pig Shows Collide Andy Bowman, OSU Veterinary Preventive Medicine Vaccinations and Pig Health Dr. Todd Price, North Central Vet Services, Sycamore, OH Showmanship and OHPIGS: The Ohio Summer Show Circuit Kelly Morgan, Manager of show pig programs, Ohio Pork Council OHPIGS 12:30 p.m. - Wrap up and Answer Questions

Contact: Dale Ricker – ricker.37@osu.edu

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Ohio Pork Council Ohio Pork Council Welcomes New Board Members The Ohio Pork Council is pleased to announce its new board members, elected during the 2020 Report to Investors and Annual Meeting. In addition to these newly elected board members, Nick Seger, of District 3, was elected to serve as President-Elect; Ken Garee, formerly Director at Large, was elected to serve as Treasurer; and Nathan Schroeder, of District 1, was elected to serve a three-year term.

Jeff Tuente, District 3 Director Jeff Tuente is an owner of Tuente Farms in Darke County, Ohio, where he and his family operate fourth-generation businesses. Operations include a farrowto-finish operation and a commercial trucking business. Jeff has been involved in pork production for 22 years, in which he has worked alongside family members in all facets of the farm. Currently, he manages daily marketing and office duties. Jeff is actively involved in his local church, where he serves as president of the men’s sodality, and a member of the maintenance committee.

Brad Heimerl, District 4 Director Brad Heimerl is the Chief Swine Officer at Heimerl Farms LTD in Licking County, Ohio, where he and his family operate a farrow-to-finish and row crop operation. Brad has been involved in pork production for 12 years. In his current role, he works closely with the swine service team and contract growing partners. He also manages transport/packer logistics and plays an active role in the crop operation. Brad has experience with the Ohio Farm Bureau and the Young Farmers and Ranchers program, as well as serving on the reserve unit at the Licking County Sheriff’s office. Over the years, Brad has also been actively engaged through Ohio Pork Council, the National Pork Board and National Pork Producers Council functions.

Jess Campbell, Director at Large Jess Campbell is an owner of Carroll Creek Farms in Warren County and the Vice President of Agribusiness – Swine at Farm Credit Mid-America, where she lends to swine producers and has been employed for the past 12 years. Jess grew up working on her family’s commercial 300 sow farrow-to-finish operation and still farms today with her husband, Adam, and children by selling beef, pork, lamb, and chicken direct to consumers. Jess is also involved in the National Pork Producers Council Allied Industry Council, the 21st Century Pork Operations Club, serves on the Ohio Farm Bureau’s State Young Ag Professional Committee, and attends various swine events annually. At the local level, Jess serves on the Lebanon Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and various committees at her church. Chris Allen, Director at Large Chris Allen is the owner and manager of CTA Pork, LLC, a contract finisher, located in Coshocton County. Chris’s involvement in the pork industry started shortly after serving in the Army. During his 30 years in pork production, Chris has held numerous roles in the areas of sow care, gilt multiplication and genetic sales. In addition to his current role as a contract grower, Chris is a Key Account Manager for Pharmgate Animal Health, where he focuses on sales of swinespecific animal health products. Chris is also involved with Ohio Farm Bureau, where he has been a member for 15 years, coaches church-league basketball, and is involved as an elder at his local church. Ohio Porkline | www.OhioPork.org 13

Ohio Pork Council


Nathan Schroeder District 1 Director

Scott Isler District 2 Director

Jeff Tuente District 3 Director

Brad Heimerl District 4 Director

Jim Newton District 5 Director

Josh Berry District 6 Director

Jess Campbell Director at Large

Chris Allen Director at Large

Janel Hord Director at Large

John Heinz Director at Large

Dale Ricker Ex-Officio

Jerry Happy Associate Director

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Ohio Pork Council


Ryan McClure President

Dave Shoup Past President

Nick Seger President Elect

Rich Deaton National Pork Board Member


Cheryl Day Executive Vice President

Michelle Visintine Director of Administrative Services

Ken Garee Treasurer

Duane Stateler National Pork Producers Council Board Member

Meghann Winters Communications Director

Kelly Morgan Manager of Showpig Programs

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2021 Trade Show Exhibitors DNA Genetics Columbus, NE www.dnaswinegenetics.com Elanco Animal Health Greenfield, IN www.elanco.us A1 Ag Services, LLC Ft. Recovery, OH www.a1ag.com Ag Credit Fostoria, OH www.agcredit.net Ag Property Solutions Emmetsburg, IA www.agpropertysolutions.com Altenburg Construction, Inc. Lewisville, MN www.altenburgconstruction.com Automated Production (AP) Assumption, IL www.automatedproduction.com

Farm Credit Mid-America Louisville, KY www.e-farmcredit.com Farmer Boy Morral, OH www.farmerboyag.com Gestal by Jyga Technologies Garnett, KS www.jygatech.com Hog Slat Union City, OH www.hogslat.com Homan Inc. Maria Stein, OH www.homaninc.com

Boehringer-Ingelheim Animal Health, Inc. Duluth, GA www.boehringer-ingelheim.com/ animal-health

Hypor Genetics Lake Lillian, MN www.hypor.com

Central Life Sciences Newburg, PA www.centralflycontrol.com

Innovative Heating Technologies Oak Bluff, Manitoba, Canada www.innovativeheatingtech.com

Commercial Concepts, A.I., Inc. Needmore, PA

Jimdi Inc Allendale, MI www.jimdiinc.com

Crystal Spring Hog Equipment Manitoba, Canada www.gromaster.com

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Maximum AG Technologies Jenison, MI www.maxagtech.com

2021 Trade Show Exhibitors Merck Animal Health De Soto, KS www.merck-animal-health.com

Purina Animal Nutrition Great Lakes Region www.purinamills.com

MetaFarms / SMS Burnsville, MN www.metafarms.com

QC Supply, LLC Schuyler, NE www.qcsupply.com

National Pork Board Clive, IA www.pork.org

Red Rock Holdings, Inc. Brewster, MN www.redrockholdingsinc.com

Olmix Black River Falls, WI www.olmix.com

Schick Enterprises Kutztown, PA www.schickenterprises.com

Osborne Industries, Inc. Osborne, KS www.osbornelivestockequipment.com

SDI Alexandria, SD www.sdimfg.com

Paradise Energy Solutions Sugarcreek, OH www.paradisesolarenergy.com

Soppe Systems, Inc. Manchester, IA www.supplemilk.com

PIC Hendersonville, TN www.pic.com

Thorp Equipment, Inc. Thorp, WI www.thorpequipment.com

PigCHAMP, Inc. Ames, IA www.pigchamp.com

Topigs Norsvin USA Burnsville, MN www.topigsnorsvin.us

PigEasy, LLC Templeton, IA www.pigeasy.com

United Animal Health Sheridan, IN www.unitedanh.com

PitCharger Elkhorn, NE www.pitcharger.com

USDA/NASS/Great Lakes Region/OH Reynoldsburg, OH www.nass.usda.gov

Prairie Pride by PWA Olivet, SD www.prairie-pride.com

Zoetis Churubusco, IN


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Tuesday Schedule & Speakers

Ohio Swine Health Symposium Tuesday, February 9, 2021 8:00 – 9:00


9:00 – 9:15 Ohio Department of Agriculture Update Dr. Tony Forshey 9:15 – 10:00 Role of the Gut Microbiome in Reducing Antimicrobial Use Dr. Megan Niederwerder, Kansas State University 10:00 – 10:30 Secure Pork Supply – Farm-Level Changes Implemented with our Plan Terri Specht, DVM, Heimerl Farms; Jess Higgins, DVM, Kalmbach Feeds 10:30 – 11:00 Common Contributors to Vices and Mitigation Strategies Nat Stats, PIC 11:00 – 11:30 Individual Sow Care/Lameness Bill Minton, DVM, Four Star Veterinary Service 11:30 – 12:30


11:30 – 12:00 Q&A, Update from Ohio Pork Council Cheryl Day, Ohio Pork Council 12:00 – 1:00


1:00 – 1:20 Ventilation: Potential Impacts on Pig Health Todd Price, DVM 1:20 – 1:40

Application of Disinfectants Appropriately Stuart Heller, Neogen

1:40 – 2:20

Rapid Fire – Disease Update:

M. Hyorhinis Michelle Michalak, DVM, Maria Stein Animal Clinic Strep Suis Dwain Guggenbiller, DVM, Phibro Animal Health PRRS Dwain Guggenbiller, DVM, Phibro Animal Health Flu Andy Bowman, DVM, OSU Veterinary Preventive Medicine 2:20 – 2:40 AgView: The Pork Industry’s Path to Protection Nathan Gordon, Accenture Industry X; Dr. Dave Pyburn, National Pork Board 2:40 – 3:00



Live Auction and Reception

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Tuesday Schedule & Speakers Dr. Tony Forshey

Dr. Terri Specht

DVM, State Veterinarian, Ohio Department of Agriculture

DVM, Heimerl Farms

Dr. Tony Forshey serves as the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s (ODA) State Veterinarian and oversees all operations of the Division of Animal Health. Dr. Forshey received his Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees from The Ohio State University. He then practiced veterinary medicine for 27 years with a major interest in swine production involving much of the Midwest. In addition, Dr. Forshey served as an Adjunct Associate Professor at OSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine for 10 years. Dr. Forshey serves as the vice-chair of the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board; OSU’s Department of Preventative Medicine Swine Update Program co-chair; Ohio Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA) Swine Sub-Committee to ODA chair; chair of the equine and aquaculture task forces; and an ex-officio member of the Ohio Livestock Coalition and the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation boards of directors. He is a member of the Ohio Swine Health Advisory Board; the steering committee of The Ohio Pork Industry Center; the American Veterinary Medical Association; OVMA; the United States Animal Health Association and the National Institute of Animal Agriculture boards of directors; OPC’s Producer Education and Swine Health Committees; the Ohio Livestock Export Council; and OSU Extension 4-H Animal Sciences Strategic Advisory Committee.

Dr. Megan Niederwerder Asst. Professor, Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine Department of Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology Dr. Niederwerder earned her DVM and practiced as a veterinarian for 3 years prior to obtaining her PhD and starting her career in academia. She directs an internationally recognized research program in viral diseases of swine with focus areas on 1) the gut microbiome and porcine respiratory disease and 2) the risk and mitigation of foreign animal diseases in feed. Her research has been supported by over $4.4M since 2016, she is the author or co-author of 31 peerreviewed publications, and she has delivered 48 invited presentations at national and international meetings. Dr. Niederwerder enjoys mentoring graduate students and increasing veterinary student interest in research and discovery as a career.

Dr. Terri Specht, an Ohio native, graduated from The Ohio State University in 2009 with her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. Upon graduation, she began practicing in mixed animal medicine in Sugarcreek, where she grew up. After diversifying their family farm operation with a contract swine finisher, Dr. Specht was exposed to swine medicine and decided to pursue a career in the swine industry. She continued her career in western Ohio, working with 4 Star Veterinary Service in Chickasaw. Through her experience there, Dr. Specht found her passion for the swine industry - and in 2015, she became the staff veterinarian for Heimerl Farms, Ltd. located in Johnstown.

Dr. Jessica Higgins DVM, Kalmbach Feeds Dr. Jessica Higgins received her DVM from The Ohio State University and also completed a PostDoctorate Certification in Avian Health & Medicine through the University of Georgia. Currently, Dr. Higgins works for Kalmbach Feeds practicing commercial swine and poultry production medicine. She is one of two veterinarians overseeing the health of over 30,000 sows and 900,000 market pigs. This past year, she facilitated implementation of biosecurity protocols and Secure Pork Supply plans for all Kalmbach Swine Management facilities.

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Tuesday Schedule & Speakers Nat Stats Technical Service Manager, PIC Nat Stas joined PIC in May of 2017, and currently serves as a Technical Service Manager. Nat has been in the commercial swine industry since 2011, starting as an intern at Country View Family Farms in Pennsylvania. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from Pennsylvania State University, Nat moved to Illinois to work for The Maschhoffs as a Genetic Supervisor from 2013-2015. Nat then went on to complete a Master’s Degree in Animal Sciences from the University of Illinois with Dr. Mike Ellis, focusing on swine genetics and reproduction. In addition to Nat’s commitment to the commercial swine industry, he currently stays involved in the American Society of Animal Science and many livestock youth development and swine research programs including 4-H, National Junior Swine Association, and university swine production organizations. Nat resides in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Dr. Bill Minton DVM, Four Star Veterinary Service LLC Bill Minton grew up in western Ohio and attended The Ohio State University where he studied animal nutrition and earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1985. His Four Star Veterinary Service office is a four doctor food-animal practice located in Mercer County, Ohio. Since 2001, Dr. Minton has focused on swine consulting in Ohio and surrounding states. Dr. Minton serves on various advisory boards in Ohio and the swine industry, including: the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association; the Ohio Pork Council Swine Health Committee, as Chairman; and the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board Swine Subcommittee. Previously, Dr. Minton served as District 2 American Association of Swine Veterinarians Director, and a member of the Board of Directors for Osgood State Bank. He and his wife Theresa live in Chickasaw and have three grown children and six grandchildren.

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Dr. Todd Price

DVM, North Central Veterinary Services, Lincoln Way Animal Hospital and Whetstone Animal Hospital Dr. Todd Price is the founder of North Central Veterinary Services in Sycamore, Ohio, Lincoln Way Animal Hospital in Upper Sandusky, Ohio and Whetstone Animal Hospital in Bucyrus, Ohio. Dr. Price, his wife and four children operate Price Family Farms, where they farm 600 acres of corn, soybeans, wheat and hay, and operate a commercial wean- to-finish production system currently raising 40,000 commercial market pigs a year. The family also has 75 show sows and a small boar stud that sells show pigs. Dr. Price has served on the OPC Board of Directors, as chairman of the Show Pig Committee, and as a member of the Swine Health Committee and Producer Education Committee. He has also served on the Large Animal Advisory Council for OSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine.

Stuart Heller Technical Service Manager, Neogen Stuart Heller received his Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education from Queens College, and his Master’s of Education in Administration and Supervision from Georgia State University, with plans to become a college professor. However, Stuart has spent the past 35+ years helping develop biosecurity products and programs designed to prevent the introduction of disease in the pork production industry. Stuart was instrumental in helping pioneer the use of foaming applications, fogging supply rooms, and aerosol spray disinfectants. He also introduced two industry standards, Tek-Trol Disinfectant in the late ‘80’s and ‘90’s and Synergize Disinfectant, the market leader since 2004. In 1998, Stuart helped lay the groundwork for biosecurity efforts that were instrumental in the eradication of Pseudorabies, and in 2004, became involved with biosecurity research to help manage and control the spread of PRRSv with Synergize Disinfectant. Some of these interventions included cold weather disinfection techniques for the transportation sector and disinfecting cool cells to prevent aerosol introduction of the virus. Then came PEDv in 2014, and everything changed. Stuart is also involved in the implementation of water treatment programs and chemistries, and how improved water quality relates to health and performance.

Tuesday Schedule & Speakers Dr. Dave Pyburn

Nathan Gordon

DVM, Chief Veterinarian, National Pork Board

Principal Software Artisian, Accenture Industry X

Dr. Dave Pyburn is the National Pork Board’s Chief Veterinarian. He is responsible for assisting with the development and coordination of programs, research and producer information related to food safety, swine health, production, animal welfare, and environment. His duties include representing the U.S. pork industry to domestic and international audiences, dealing with technical issues that could influence U.S. pork consumption or international trade, and program strategy for pork safety, quality and nutrition, and animal welfare program areas. Dr. Pyburn joined the National Pork Board in December 2013. Previously, he was the Senior Staff Veterinary Medical Officer for the USDA APHIS Veterinary Services Swine Health Programs from 2000 to 2013. From 1997 to 2000 he was Director of Veterinary Science for the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC). Prior to the NPPC position, he spent three years in private veterinary practice in Iowa. Dr. Pyburn attended Drake University where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree. He completed his veterinary medicine curriculum at Iowa State University. Dr. Pyburn is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Association of Swine Veterinarians, the Iowa Veterinary Medical Association and the International Commission on Trichinellosis. He is also a member of the Phi Zeta, Phi Kappa Phi and Phi Beta Kappa honor societies. Dave, his wife Kristi, and their three sons live in Ankeny, Iowa.

Nathan Gordon is a Principal Software Artisan with Accenture Industry X out of Des Moines, Iowa. He was an instrumental part of the development of the AgView application with the National Pork Board, which launched in November 2020. Nathan has nearly 20 years’ experience in technology consulting, as a developer and team leader, working for Iowa State University, tech start-ups and in the insurance industry.



LIVE AUCTION & RECEPTION Tuesday, February 9 - 4:00 p.m. Crowne Plaza North - Columbus, Ohio

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Wednesday Schedule & Speakers

Ohio Pork Congress Symposium Wednesday, February 10, 2021 7:00 – 7:30

Early Bird Registration


Coffee with Industry Leaders Bill Even, National Pork Board; Neil Dierks, National Pork Producers Council

8:00 – 9:30


9:00 – 9:20

Foreign Animal Disease Update Dr. Megan Niederwerder, Kansas State University

9:20 – 9:50

Planning Ahead for Unforeseen Depopulation Events: Ohio’s Preparation Status Dr. Steve Moeller and Dr. Andy Bowman, The Ohio State University

9:50 – 10:35

Negotiation Tips and Tricks Amy Johnson, BrownWinnick Law Firm

10:35 – 11:20

Economic Update Shane Johnson, Hurley & Associates

11:20 – 12:00

Employee Onboarding/Engagement Katie Morrison and Melanie Lower Langley, Fine Swine LLC

12:30 – 2:30 Awards Luncheon Keynote Speaker: Damian Mason, Businessman, Agriculturist, Speaker, Podcaster, Author, and Consultant




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Wednesday Schedule & Speakers Bill Even

Dr. Megan Niederwerder

Chief Executive Officer, National Pork Board

Asst. Professor, Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine Department of Diagnostic Medicine/ Pathobiology

As Chief Executive Officer, Bill Even oversees all National Pork Board (NPB) and Pork Checkoff programs. Prior to NPB, Bill served as the Global Industry Relations Lead for DuPont Pioneer where he managed the global corporate engagement strategy, focusing on collaborative stakeholder relationships in the areas of seed, biotechnology, biofuels and farm policy. Bill also served as Commercial Unit Lead for DuPont Pioneer in South Dakota, North Dakota and northwest Minnesota. In that role, he was responsible for leading the seed sales, marketing, agronomy, training, research, production and policy needs in the region. Prior to joining DuPont Pioneer, Bill served as South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture from 2007 to 2010. Bill also served as Deputy Secretary of Tourism and State Development, Director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, State Energy Policy Director, and Policy Advisor for Governor Mike Rounds. Bill and his family own and operate a fifth-generation diversified crop and livestock farm operation near Humboldt, South Dakota where they raise corn, soybeans, wheat, alfalfa and cattle. Bill and his wife, Janell, have three children and live in Adel, Iowa.

Neil Dierks Chief Executive Officer, National Pork Producers Council Neil Dierks, as the Chief Executive Officer, is responsible for the overall implementation of all NPPC programs. Beginning in 1990, Dierks served NPPC in a series of senior executive positions, including Executive Director of Operations, Vice President for Research and Education and Senior Vice President for Programs. Prior to his service with NPPC, Dierks was the Special Activities Director for the Iowa Pork Producers Association and Marketing Director for the Iowa Corn Promotion Board. Dierks currently serves on the Supporters of Ag Research (SOAR) Foundation Board of Directors, the Board and Executive Committee of the Charles Valentine Riley Memorial Foundation and is a recipient of the Distinguished Support of Animal Science Award from the American Society of Animal Science. Neil grew up on a livestock farm in eastern Iowa and remains involved in the family farming operation. He is a graduate of Iowa State University.

Dr. Niederwerder earned her DVM and practiced as a veterinarian for 3 years prior to obtaining her PhD and starting her career in academia. She directs an internationally recognized research program in viral diseases of swine with focus areas on 1) the gut microbiome and porcine respiratory disease and 2) the risk and mitigation of foreign animal diseases in feed. Her research has been supported by over $4.4M since 2016, she is the author or co-author of 31 peerreviewed publications, and she has delivered 48 invited presentations at national and international meetings. Dr. Niederwerder enjoys mentoring graduate students and increasing veterinary student interest in research and discovery as a career.

Dr. Steve Moeller Professor and Swine Extension Specialist, The Ohio State University Department of Animal Sciences Dr. Steve Moeller joined the Department of Animal Sciences in 1995 and has maintained responsibilities in teaching, extension, and research directed toward the swine industry with involvement in collaborative research and extension efforts across food animal species and youth and adult audiences. Fresh pork, beef, and lamb quality attributes that define value, consumer acceptance, and ultimately demand for meat products are the focus of Dr. Moeller’s past and current research efforts. Outreach efforts evolve with industry changes and are currently focused a great deal toward animal care and welfare with contributions to welfare assessment processes and auditing of the swine industry from the farm through the packing plant. Dr. Moeller maintains an active role in the Ohio swine industry, addressing industry issues, offering symposia and workshops, and conducting research focused on current concerns and needs. He currently teaches or coteaches courses in animal handling, human and animal interactions, swine production, branded meat products, and is responsible for two study abroad opportunities within the university. Ohio Porkline | www.OhioPork.org 25

Wednesday Schedule & Speakers Dr. Andy Bowman

Shane Johnson

DVM, Associate Professor, The Ohio State University Department of Veterinary Preventative Medicine

Hog Market Plan Advisor, Hurley & Associates

Dr. Andrew Bowman is an Associate Professor in the Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine at The Ohio State University. Dr. Bowman’s expertise is in swine production medicine, veterinary public health, and epidemiology. In addition to teaching and advising students, his research team focuses on type A influenza viruses in key animal populations and he leads large applied field research projects investigating the epidemiology of influenza in animal populations; zoonotic influenza transmission across the animal-human interface; and methods to reduce the risk of influenza transmission. Some of the team’s most recent work looked at the swine-to-human influenza transmission at agricultural fairs. Before his return to academia, Dr. Bowman was a practicing veterinarian focused on food animal production and he now serves as a liaison between the University and the industry stakeholders.

Amy Johnson Attorney, BrownWinick Law Firm Amy A. Johnson is a member of the BrownWinick Law Firm in Des Moines, Iowa and serves as co-chair of the firm’s Agribusiness practice group. She represents businesses facing a variety of legal issues including choice of entity and entity formation, debt and equity financing, mergers and acquisitions, and drafting a wide variety of contracts. An active member of the American Agricultural Law Association, Amy advises clients in the Agribusiness sector in Iowa and other states regarding federal, state and local environmental laws, corporate farming laws, and the Packers and Stockyards Act. Additionally, Amy serves on the Agricultural Law Section Council for the Iowa State Bar Association. Amy graduated, magna cum laude, receiving her Bachelor of Arts from Central College in 2004. She received her Juris Doctor, cum laude, in 2007 from Creighton University School of Law.

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Shane’s career in the pork industry began in 1994. His background includes procurement, genetics, meat quality research, international sales and risk management. Shane joined Hurley & Associates in 2008. He works with hog clients across the United States, aligning marketing strategies with individual producer needs and protecting profits through disciplined marketing. He also serves as Market Plan Advisor on the Hurley Hog Team. Shane lives and works in Glenwood, Minnesota.

Katie Morrison Recruitment Operation Director, Fine Swine LLC Katie Morrison is the Recruitment Operations Director for Fine Swine, LLC – a position she’s held since January 2018, after joining the company in October 2017. Since joining Fine Swine, LLC, she has restarted their J1 student intern program, summer college internship, and TN Visa work program. She graduated from The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences with a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science/Biosciences in May 2017. She currently lives in Washington Court House with her fiancé, Andrew, and two dogs.

Wednesday Schedule & Speakers Melanie Lower Langley TN Recruiter and Liaison, Fine Swine LLC In March 2020, Melanie Langley left the world of education and took a chance on Fine Swine, LLC. As a TN Recruiter and Liaison, Melanie spends much of her week alongside her Hispanic coworkers, supporting their roles throughout the barns, interpreting and training new candidates, and working with an immigration attorney to bring in new recruits from Mexico. With the help of her team, Melanie has successfully grown the TN program by over 50%. Thanks to Melanie’s upbringing, she is proficient in both Spanish and Portuguese. Melanie graduated summa cum laude from Liberty University with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and a minor in Theology. Additionally, Melanie is the wife of a career firefighter and mother to four children, ranging in age from 19 to 8. After hours, she can be found at Kent State University, cheering (rather loudly) on the sideline of a soccer field, stitching with her daughter, or attempting to steal a few quiet moments in a book.

Keynote Speaker Damian Mason Businessman, Agriculturist, Speaker, Podcaster, Author and Consultant Damian Mason speaks on the two subjects he knows best: Business and Agriculture. Since 1994, he has spoken to over 2,000 audiences in all 50 states and 7 foreign countries. Damian is a graduate of Purdue University. He also studied comedy writing and improvisation at The Second City – Chicago. Damian is a member of the Screen Actors Guild and the National Speakers Association. He is one of only 900 public speakers in the world to hold the Certified Speaking Professional designation. When he’s not traveling for work, Damian can be found on his Indiana farm with his wife Lori or escaping from winter at their Arizona residence.


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Pork Industry Excellence Award DUANE STATELER The Ohio Pork Industry Excellence Award is presented to a pork farmer, or farm family, for their willingness to go above-and-beyond to donate time, money and talents on behalf of the industry. This year, the Ohio Pork Council is pleased to recognize Duane Stateler for all of his contributions to the pork industry - both at the state and national level. Stateler Family Farms spans six generations – and agriculture has always been an integral part of Duane’s life as a fourth-generation pig farmer. Growing up on the family farm, Duane worked alongside his father to raise pigs farrow-to-finish and grow crops. However, in 1984, Duane and his wife, Margie, made the difficult decision to phase out of pork production in order to prioritize Duane’s health. As Duane and Margie’s son, Anthony, became older, he expressed an interest to continue in his father’s footsteps, and as a family, they opted to diversify the farm. In 2006, the Stateler family took the opportunity to become a contract grower for Hord Family Farms – a pivotal moment for Duane and his involvement in the pork industry. After a 20-year hiatus, Duane seized the opportunity to give back to the industry that he felt had given him so much. Duane’s leadership in the pork industry began in 2008, when he was the first contract grower elected to serve on the Ohio Pork Council Board of Directors. Since then, Duane has held numerous leadership positions within the organization, including: President, Legislative Committee Chairman, Budget Committee Member, and Nominating Committee Member. As Ohio Pork Council President, Duane led the organization through the challenges of PED, and the beginning of harsher regulations in the Western Lake Erie Basin. At the national level, Duane has served as an Operation Main Street Speaker, a member of National Pork Board’s We Care Advisory Committee, a member of NPPC’s Investor and Member Relations Committee, and NPPC’s Nominating Committee. As an NPPC Board Member, Duane has been at the forefront of many influential conversations with elected officials at the local, state and national level – voicing the concerns of pork producers across the nation. Duane’s charisma and ability to have transparent conversations with political influencers has paid dividends to the pork industry in the areas of African Swine Fever, global trade, cultured meat, gene editing, and Proposition 12, to name a few. For Duane, a passion to protect the future of the pork industry and educate consumers about modern farming practices is something that comes naturally – and it’s evident to anyone he encounters, whether at the local or national level. Ohio Porkline | www.OhioPork.org 28

Ohio’s animal agriculture industry has bore the brunt of state water quality issues for years – something that the Statelers, as farmers in the Western Lake Erie Basin, are all too familiar with. In 2016, the Statelers became part of the Blanchard River Demonstration Farms project and have since entertained thousands of visitors and participated in countless research projects in an effort to assess, and improve, manure management on Ohio farms. In addition to Duane’s leadership within the pork industry, Duane has served on various agriculture committees and local organizations, including: the McComb Farmers Co-op Board, the Hancock County Farm Bureau Board of Directors, Blanchard Valley Farmers Co-op Board, the Ohio Livestock Coalition, the McComb School Board, and as a member of the Ohio Farm Bureau, Ohio Soybean Association, and Ohio Corn and Wheat Association. Duane also served the McComb Fire Department, as Captain for 15 years, and Assistant Chief for 5 years. Since his early involvement in the pork industry, Duane has been known to do everything in his power to protect the future of the industry. As a friend of the industry and a true leader, he has dedicated countless hours working diligently to finding concrete solutions to hot-button issues.

Congratulations, Duane!


Ohio Pork Council Service Award DR. TODD PRICE

Every year, the Ohio Pork Council presents the Ohio Pork Industry Service Award to an individual who exemplifies outstanding service to the swine industry. This individual exceeds volunteer expectations and is willing to support the pork industry in various ways. This year, the Ohio Pork Council is pleased to congratulate Dr. Todd Price with the 2020 Ohio Pork Industry Service Award. Todd Price, DVM is the founder of North Central Veterinary Services in Sycamore, Ohio, Lincoln Way Animal Hospital in Upper Sandusky, Ohio and Whetstone Animal Hospital in Bucyrus, Ohio. Dr. Price, his wife and four children operate Price Family Farms, a grain and livestock farm where they farm 600 acres of corn, soybeans, wheat and hay, and operate a commercial wean- to-finish production system currently raising 40,000 commercial market pigs a year. The family also has 75 show sows and a small boar stud that sells show pigs. Through his veterinary practice, Dr. Price has mentored many veterinary students and has been a guest speaker at the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine on multiple occasions in both the classroom and labs. He has also served on the Large Animal Advisory Council for the College of Veterinary Medicine, and has lectured on the topics of commercial swine and show pig production at state veterinary meetings in Ohio, Missouri, Oregon and Texas. Dr. Price is no stranger to the Ohio Pork Council, as he has served on the Board of Directors, chairman of the Show Pig Committee, and a member of the Swine Health Committee and Producer Education Committee. During his years of volunteerism, Dr. Price has spoken at eight Swine Health Symposiums, helped plan educational sessions for numerous Ohio Pork Congress Symposiums, and played an active role in many Junior Swine Days. Through his role on the Swine Health Committee, Dr. Price’s expertise has been invaluable in the launch of the PRRS mapping program, and helping the industry navigate issues ranging from foreign animal disease to COVID-19. Earlier this year, Dr. Price was selected to serve on Governor DeWine’s County Fair Task Force, in which he provided sensible, science-based advice regarding public health. Dr. Price’s expertise and counsel on the task force helped preserve county fairs and livestock shows within the state of Ohio, including the first Ohio Youth Livestock Expo, in which he played an active role in planning and implementing.

With a true passion for supporting youth in the swine industry, Dr. Price’s support of the OH-Pigs Show Circuit through his role as committee chairman has been influential on the growth of the program. Entering its sixth show season, Dr. Price played a pivotal role in founding the program in 2015. Since the inception of the show circuit, Dr. Price has volunteered countless hours towards educational opportunities for youth involved in the show industry. Dr. Price is a long-time member of the Ohio Veterinary Medicine Association and the American Association of Swine Veterinarians. In addition to his involvement in the animal health and pork industries, Dr. Price served on his local school board for 12 years. The Ohio Pork Council is fortunate for Dr. Price’s years of service, volunteerism, expertise and unique skill set. Dr. Price is an exceptional asset to Ohio’s pork industry, show pig industry and animal health community.

Congratulations, Todd!

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Swine Manager of the Year TRAVIS STAHL

The Ohio Pork Council Swine Manager of the Year Award recognizes a leader of a swine operation that is highly knowledgeable of the pork industry and has demonstrated the ability to make key decisions on behalf of their operation. This year, the Ohio Pork Council is pleased to recognize Travis Stahl as the 2020 Swine Manager of the Year. Travis graduated from Purdue University with a degree in animal science. He managed research operations for United Feeds for many years before joining the Hord Family Farms team 13 years ago. Since joining the Hord team, Travis has been willing to jump in and volunteer at various farm events, in addition to industry events. At the farm-level, Travis enjoys volunteering at community fundraisers and outreach events. Travis has also volunteered at the Ohio Pork Council Stand at the Ohio State Fair. Travis’s knowledge and experience caring for pigs is exceptional. Travis’s coworkers have touted his excellent instincts when evaluating factors associated with animal well-being – including ventilation, health, feed, water, and animal husbandry. Travis is also well-known for his ability to move quickly on his feet towards a course of action or treatment plan. His natural instincts, coupled with his experience and knowledge, enable Travis to work hand-inhand with the veterinary team to find sensible solutions to promote the health and well-being of the pigs he manages.

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Above all else, Travis is always willing to lend a helping hand and serve as a leader for his team and Hord Family Farms’ grower partners. Travis’s ability and desire to follow through with each person or problem he encounters is one of his many desirable traits. When dealing with challenges, you can count on Travis to make sure things are handled to the best of his ability and know that proper pig care will be prioritized by him and his team. Travis and his wife, Marie, reside in New Washington and have two adult sons.

Congratulations, Travis!


Pork Promoter of the Year LAUREN SCHWAB EYRE

The Pork Promoter of the Year Award is given to an individual or company who excels in promoting the pork industry. This year, the Ohio Pork Council is pleased to honor Lauren Schwab Eyre as Pork Promoter of the Year. Lauren is the Farrowing Manager and Consumer Communication and Education Manager at Schwab Family Farms in Somerville, Ohio, a farrow-to-wean operation. There, she works alongside her parents, Jeff and Toni, her brother, Ryan, and several team members. She and her husband, Ryan, reside in Eaton. Lauren attended Miami University, where she earned her bachelor’s in journalism and Women’s Studies, and her master’s in Family Studies, with a focus on food insecurity. While in college, Lauren was active in the Ohio Pork Council’s Pork in the Classroom program, in which she spoke to hundreds of Family and Consumer Science students about modern pork production. Upon graduation, Lauren accepted the opportunity to return to the family farm and manage farrowing operations. Naturally, Lauren paired her journalism background with her love for agriculture to promote the pork industry. Since joining the family operation, Lauren has been active in education and promotion efforts through the Ohio Pork Council, National Pork Board, the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance, and American Agri-Women, in addition to her own online social influencer work. In recent years, Lauren has served as an Ohio Pork Council Virtual Field Trip host, showcasing her family’s pig operation to students, and serving as a resource for those unfamiliar with Ohio agriculture. In addition, Lauren has also served as an Operation Main Street presenter, in which she has worked with the National Pork Board to speak with local Kiwanis and Rotary organizations about Ohio pork production.

At the national level, Lauren has served as a pork representative for the American Agri-Women organization, and for the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance. Both of these opportunities allowed Lauren to attend national conferences and promote pork among agriculture professionals. In 2015, Lauren was selected as a finalist for the National Pork Board’s Pig Farmer of the Year contest, a prestigious honor that recognizes pig farmers who demonstrate and live by the We Care ethical principles. In addition to her involvement within the agriculture industry, Lauren leads her own promotion efforts online, where she is affectionately known as Farm Girl with Curls. Whether talking about country music, her daily role on the farm, or how healthy pigs make safe pork, Lauren enjoys serving as a resource for consumers across the country interested in learning more about Ohio’s pork industry.

Congratulations, Lauren!

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Friends of the Ohio Pork Industry OHIO DAIRY PRODUCERS ASSOCIATION

The work of the Ohio Pork Council is made possible by the many generous supporters who devote time to enhance the organization’s efforts on behalf of all farmers. To acknowledge their efforts and express gratitude, OPC established the Friends of Ohio Pork Industry award. This award recognizes an individual, organization or company that has made a substantial impact on the organization through monetary support or volunteer activities throughout the year. The Ohio Pork Council is pleased to honor the Ohio Dairy Producers Association with the 2020 Friends of Ohio Pork Industry Award. All farmers are dedicated to safeguarding the planet’s natural resources and sustainable animal agriculture production. For years, livestock farmers have relied on science, innovation, and efficiency while protecting the environment. Yet, animal agriculture continues to encounter opposition through negative information, burdensome regulations, and unnecessary threats as an industry. Manure management and water quality are an absolute priority for Ohio’s pork and dairy industries. Recognizing this, the Ohio Dairy Producers Association (ODPA) has been an instrumental partner to the Ohio Pork Council in water quality efforts led in 2020. Having the foresight to drive collaboration between Ohio’s agriculture, conversation, environmental and research communities, ODPA played a pivotal role in the formation of the Ohio Agriculture Conservation Initiative (OACI). OACI is a partnership that recognizes farmers for their dedication to advancing methods that improve water quality in Ohio and increasing the number of best management practices being implemented on farms. ODPA has served as a leader and investor in OACI since its inception in 2019. In its first program year, ODPA served as a leader on the OACI Board of Directors, and as an investor towards the establishment of nutrient management efforts and a farmer certification program. As a valued partner in Ohio’s Ohio Porkline | www.OhioPork.org 32

agriculture community, ODPA has contributed funding and invested time towards real solutions for sustainable nutrient management practices that enhance the state’s water quality and soil health. Together, ODPA and OPC have generated a positive impact by leveraging funds, knowledge and effort to assist their farmer members. Collectively, the two organizations have accomplished more and established a stronger voice within Ohio agriculture.

Congratulations, Ohio Dairy Producers Association!



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