Several county pork producers groups from the area were honored on the state level at this year’s Iowa Pork Congress.
The Jones County Pork Producers won the Best County Promotion Program award. They sponsored their first-ever PORK-er RIDE, patterned after Poker Rides. This was a scenic ATV/UTV ride through Jones County that involved more than 100 people who had conversations around pork production – and they raised $1,400 for local youth scholarships. Jones County won $250 in credit to the Iowa Pork Store, which allows them to buy various items to help promote pork. Delaware and Clayton counties were also recognized for their promotions.
The Delaware and Buchanan County Pork Producers were named among the top five winners for county involvement. It’s measured on a points system based on activities to promote the pork industry, including grillings, pork promotions and supporting youth activities. Delaware County placed second in the state with a score of over 14,000 points, while Buchanan County placed fourth with over nine thousand points. Each of those counties received $1,000 to help support their activities.
And several counties were recognized for exceeding their membership goals, including Clayton, Jones and Linn.
Overall, membership throughout the Iowa Pork Producers Association is strong, with membership growing by nearly three percent this past year.