Adam Wells-Morgan Wins Checkoff’s National Taste of Elegance Competition

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 Elected President of National Pork Board

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.

National Pork Board Implementing New Strategic Plan

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.

Redesigned Web Site Offers New Features

The Pork Checkoff’s online information resource for pork producers – – 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.

Pork Checkoff Presents PORK Academy at World Pork Expo

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.

Pork Producers Help Tennessee Flood Victims, Volunteers

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.