Oklahoma Pork Producers will Gather in Midwest City February 28Tue, 18 Feb 2014 02:38:29 CST
The Oklahoma Pork Congress is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 28, at the Reed Center in Midwest City. More than 150 pork producers, allied industry members and guests will meet for updates, programs, lunch, awards banquet, and business meeting as well as silent and live auctions.
The day will begin at 10 a.m. with an update from the National Pork Producers Council, and the National Pork Board. After the national updates about the industry, J.D Strong, executive director of the Oklahoma Water Resources Board, will present a discussion about the water issues throughout Oklahoma.
During lunch, Class II of the okPORK Youth Leadership Camp plans to give a presentation about their travels through the state learning about the Oklahoma pork industry. The camp participants plan to spend the day helping with arrangements and talking with members about their experiences.
Following lunch, okPORK Executive Director Roy Lee Lindsey will provide an update for all members. Directly following the okPORK update McSpadden & Associates will lead attendees through a discussion on the current legislative session and the effect it could have on Oklahoma's pork industry. The okPORK membership also will hold its annual business meeting and elect members to the okPORK Board of Directors.
At 4 p.m. the keynote speech is scheduled to begin. Jim Wiesemeyer, vice president of Informa Economics, will give the keynote presentation. From his position in Washington D.C. he is a perfect choice to share information on the state of national affairs and how they will affect the U.S. pork industry and economy as a whole.
The evening will begin with a reception during which attendees will have the opportunity to raise funds through the okPORK silent auction. The Awards Banquet will begin at 6:15 p.m. During the banquet Chuck and Wathina Luthi will be inducted into the okPORK Hall of Fame and Mike Dain will receive okPORK's Distinguished Service Award. In addition, okPORK plans to honor Sen. Roger Ballenger and Rep. Jeff Hickman as the 2014 Outstanding Legislators. There will be a special recognition of the previous okPORK Hall of Fame and Distinguished Service honorees during the banquet. The evening will end with a live auction.
You can find the full agenda and all the pork congress details at www.okpork.org. okPORK will be posting live updates during the Oklahoma Pork Congress on Facebook and Twitter. We are located at www.facebook.com/okpork. The okPORK Twitter handle is @Okpork and you can follow updates using the hash tag #okporkcongress14.
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