Nominations Open for 2019 America’s Pig Farmer of the Year Award

Nominate a deserving pig farmer by March 10

DES MOINES, IOWA – Jan. 14, 2019 – The National Pork Board is accepting nominations for its 2019 America’s Pig Farmer of the YearSM award through Sunday, March 10, at americaspigfarmer.com. The award recognizes a U.S. pork producer who demonstrates excellence in raising pigs using the We CareSM ethical principles and by sharing his or her story with the public.

“Like most pig farmers, I’m most comfortable in the barn,” said Patrick Bane, a pig farmer from Illinois and America’s Pig Farmer of the Year. “However, my passion for pig farming is why I decided to be involved in this program. It allows me to help more people understand the story of modern agriculture.”

Bane has participated in several events since being named America’s Pig Farmer of the Year in October. This has included attending the fall meeting of the Pork Checkoff’s Retail Advisory Council, networking with Chicago-based food influencers and speaking at the Humane Table congressional briefing in Washington, D.C.  The latter event was hosted by American Humane, one of the oldest animal welfare organizations in the country.

A panel of third-party judges will help determine the final award recipient, with the winner announced during national pork month this October. The public also can play a role in selecting the 2019 winner by viewing short clips of the finalists on their farms at americaspigfarmer.com, and voting for their favorite through the Pork Checkoff’s social media outlets.

Anyone can nominate a U.S. pork producer or themselves at americaspigfarmer.com/nominate. Candidates must be at least 30 years old as of Jan. 1, 2019. Complete rules of the award program are on the site as well, along with answers to frequently asked questions.


The National Pork Board has responsibility for Checkoff-funded research, promotion and consumer information projects and for communicating with pork producers and the public. Through a legislative national Pork Checkoff, pork producers invest $0.40 for each $100 value of hogs sold. Importers of pork products contribute a like amount, based on a formula. The Pork Checkoff funds national and state programs in advertising, consumer information, retail and foodservice marketing, export market promotion, production improvement, science and technology, swine health, pork safety and sustainability and environmental management. For information on Checkoff-funded programs, pork producers can call the Pork Checkoff Service Center at (800) 456-7675 or check the Internet at pork.org.