Adam Wells-Morgan, executive chef of The Club at Old Hawthorne in Columbia, Mo., won top honors in the 21st annual National Taste of Elegance™ contest June 14 in Baltimore, Md. The competition, sponsored by the Pork Checkoff, featured 18 chefs, all winners of state and regional Taste of Elegance culinary competitions. Wells-Morgan earned Chef Par Excellence honors and $5,000 with his winning entrée of Duo of Pork: Sumac and Rosemary Scented Pork Loin and Cider Braised Pork Shoulder served with white cheddar grits, crispy carrots and leeks, and apple spice gastrique. He also was presented with the Media Choice Award, an honor given by representatives of foodservice media to the chef with the most creative application of a pork dish.
Gene Nemechek, a swine veterinarian from Springdale, Ark., has been elected president of the National Pork Board by his fellow board members. The board also elected Everett Forkner, a pork producer from Richards, Mo., vice president. Both will serve one-year terms effective July 1.
Just months after adopting a new five-year strategic plan, the National Pork Board is busy implementing the plan’s vision, National Pork Board President Tim Bierman told reporters Wednesday at World Pork Expo in Des Moines.
In the event of a foot and mouth disease (FMD) outbreak in the United States, what public official would be in charge? What would happen to farmers in the outbreak area? Where would farmers go for information?
The Pork Checkoff’s online information resource for pork producers – pork.org – is getting a new look to make it easier for producers to get the information they need quickly and efficiently. The redesigned site went “live” Monday morning and will be introduced to pork producers during World Pork Expo in Des Moines this week.“The last time we made major improvements to our producer Web site was almost eight years ago,” said Bill Kessler, a Missouri pork producer who chairs the Checkoff’s Producer and State Relations Committee.
The National Pork Board will elect new officers and continue implementing its new strategic plan when it meets on June 10 during World Pork Expo in Des Moines.
With support from the National Pork Board, Burger King Corp. is introducing BK Fire-Grilled Ribs at participating Burger King® restaurants nationwide.
The Pork Checkoff is sponsoring Producers Opportunity for Revenue and Knowledge (PORK) Academy June 9 and 10 during World Pork Expo at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines. Expo continues through noon on June 11. PORK Academy is a series of seminars designed to inform pork producers about current industry challenges in a way that will help them on their own operations.
The Pork Checkoff is offering the 2010 Pork Management Conference, Your Pork Industry Investment, June 16-18 in Hilton Head, S.C.
After recent severe storms dumped more than 13 inches of rain in Nashville, Tenn., in two days, the Cumberland River has left massive destruction in its wake, from the Grand Ole Opry to local hospitals and schools. In response, pork producers have been rolling up their sleeves to help feed those affected by the flood.