National Pork Board to Meet in OklahomaFri, 07 Jan 2011 17:37:11 CST
The National Pork Board will hold its first meeting of 2011 this week in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The meeting, scheduled for this Wednesday through Saturday, continues a tradition begun two years ago when the board held its first traveling Board Meeting in Raleigh, North Carolina. Last year the Pork Board met in Columbus, Ohio. The board hopes that Oklahoma producers and producer leaders will participate in the meeting.
Oklahoma ranks eighth nationally in total swine numbers and fifth in the number of pigs produced; the state is a major producer of piglets that are finished in nearby states. According to data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Oklahoma producers market approximately 7.5-million hogs annually, producing cash receipts of more than 636-million dollars. Nearly 16-thousand Oklahomans are employed in swine production.
Gene Nemechek, a swine veterinarian from Springdale, Arkansas, and president of the National Pork Board, points out that - producers from different parts of the country face unique challenges and sometimes have unique views on issues confronting the pork production industry. Nenechek says, "We look forward to learning from our fellow producers in Oklahoma."
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