Stephan Hesse Wins Checkoff’s National Taste of Elegance Contest

Stephan Hesse, executive chef of The Oak Grill in Minneapolis, Minn., won top honors in the 20th annual national Taste of Elegance™ contest June 29 in Baltimore, Md. The competition, sponsored by the Pork Checkoff, featured 29 chefs, all winners of state and regional Taste of Elegance contests.

Pork Producers Prepare for Emergencies, Checkoff Launches Emergency Action Plan Tool

The floods of 2008 are fresh in Iowa pork producers’ memories less than a year after rising waters from the Mississippi and its tributaries flooded thousands of acres of crops and dozens of pig barns following heavy spring rains. Helping pork producers prepare for this and many other types of emergencies is the goal of the Pork Checkoff’s new emergency action plan tool.