Roy Lee Lindsey Previews the 2019 Oklahoma Pork Congress Set for August 2nd in Norman, OklahomaTue, 23 Jul 2019 12:00:20 CDT
In less than two weeks, stakeholders of the Oklahoma pork industry will gather in Norman, Oklahoma for the 2019 Oklahoma Pork Congress. Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Associate Farm Director Carson Horn sat down with Roy Lee Lindsey, executive director of the Oklahoma Pork Council (okPORK), to preview the agenda of this year’s event. You can listen to their complete conversation by clicking or tapping the LISTEN BAR below at the bottom of the page.
“It should be a wonderful event again this year,” Lindsey said. “We’re really excited about the program.”
The day prior to this year’s Congress, okPORK will host its annual golf tournament Thursday, August 1st at the Westwood Park Golf Course near the Norman Embassy Suites where the Congress will be held. Team entries are still being accepted.
On Friday, August 2nd, the Congress will kick-off with National Pork Board CEO Bill Even who will present the Board’s new strategic plan for the Pork Checkoff; and Maria Zieba, director of international affairs and trade for the National Pork Producers Council, who will discuss the current US trade situation. Following those speakers, attendees will have the opportunity to hear an update on the African Swine Fever situation from both a global and state-wide perspective. Lindsey will also provide a brief policy update on all that was accomplished during the 2019 Oklahoma Legislative Session. Finally, keynote speaker Emily Bowers will share her presentation, “Generations in the Workplace,” with those in attendance.
During the formal business session of the Congress, there will also be two elections taking place. One, to fill three open seats on the Oklahoma Pork Council Board; the other to elect delegates to the Pork Act meeting that will take place at the National Pork Industry Forum in Kansas City, Missouri this coming March.
According to Lindsey, the East and West District board seats are currently up for election as well as one At-Large seat, which represents the whole state. Any producer, age 18 or older, who is a resident of Oklahoma and has paid all assessments due may be considered as a delegate candidate and/or participate in the election. All eligible producers are encouraged to bring with them a sales receipt proving that hogs were sold in their name and the checkoff deducted. Nominations will be accepted from the floor. The board maintains nine seats with each member serving a three-year term. Only paid okPORK members are eligible to vote in the election process.
Only active participants of the Pork Checkoff are eligible for nomination to serve as a Pork Act Delegate and to vote in this election.
The Congress will conclude with the “Bacon & Blues” Casino Night event. Cost to attend is $40.
Further details about the Congress including registration and golf tournament entry information can be found either on the okPORK website, or by calling their offices at 405-232-3781.
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