Americas Pig Farmer featureTo encourage even more pork producers to apply for the America’s Pig Farmer of the YearSM award, the National Pork Board has made the application process even easier by eliminating the video requirement and replacing it with two photos.

“With the May 17 deadline to apply for the award getting closer, we wanted to streamline the application process and make it easier and faster for producers to apply,” said Mike King, director of science communications for the National Pork Board. “If pork producers have been on the fence on whether to apply for America’s Pig Farmer of the Year, the revised requirements should make the decision to go ahead and apply an easier one.”

Also, King clarified that the actual off-farm time commitment for the winner is most likely to be about 14 days over the course of a year. Additional days might be for on-farm visits by guests of the National Pork Board who want to learn more about how the recipient produces wholesome, high-quality pork. As always, busy times of the year, such as harvest and planting, would be taken into account.

With just a few farm records in hand, such as the farm’s premises identification number, most producers should be able to fill out the application in about an hour – perhaps something to keep in mind if wet weather causes planting delays.

Interested producers can find all award-related information at and get application help at (800) 711-0747, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Time.