2024 Annual Conference

Feb. 28 & 29
Raleigh Hilton North Hills

3415 Wake Forest Rd, Raleigh, NC 27609

Wednesday, Feb. 28

11 am | Allied Conversation

Roy Lee Lindsey, NC Pork Council CEO 

This program is open to all those who provide support services and goods to our industry. We’ll provide you an update on what’s happening within the industry in North Carolina, where are we focusing our efforts in the future, and what we think the next challenges to the industry may be. 

Noon | Lunch

Join us for a free lunch!

12:30 pm | Creating Consumer Trust for Real Pork*
Dr. Katie Sanders, NC State University
Dr. Fally Masambuka-Kanchewa, Iowa State University


*1 hour of OIC credit available

The National Pork Board has funded the creation of the Real Pork Trust Consortium with NC State University, NC A&T State University, Iowa State University, University of Georgia and University of Minnesota faculty.  Find out what the consortium is tasked with and share your perspective as a NC pork producer or allied industry member on how we can improve consumer-facing communication and information related to pork production.

2 pm | BREAK - presented by First Bank & Trust of Virginia
2:30 pm | Swine Snippets*

Short research updates – *2 hours of OIC credit available

The Effects of Production System on Berkshire Growth During the Summer, Nina Hollomon, NC A&T State University

Swine Manure Nutrient and Energy Recovery: Program UpdatesDr. Mahmoud Sharara, NC State University

Retention rates of females through Parity 3 in herds with high and low circulating Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae, Lindsey Britton, NC State University

Attributing the Source of Fecal Waste in a Multi-use Agriculturally Intensive WatershedDr. Jay Levine & Dr. Bill Showers, NC State University

Dried Sludge as a Fertilizer SourceDr. Stephanie Kulesza, NC State University

Greenhouse sludge drying and export of fertilizer from North CarolinaJordan Phasey, Phinite

5 pm | Welcome Social - presented by Naylor Association Solutions

Join us in the lobby for a Welcome Social presented by Naylor Association Solutions. Complimentary drinks and light appetizers will be available.

5:30 pm | Bacon Bash registration opens

Members only event.

6 pm | Bacon Bash

Members Only Event

Thursday, Feb. 29

7:15 am | Breakfast Buffet opens - Sponsored by NC Farm Bureau

Come hungry for this full breakfast buffet featuring bacon provided by Villari Food. Free.

Sponsored by


7:45 | Annual Meeting

In accordance with provisions stated in Article VIII of the North Carolina Pork Council Bylaws, notice is hereby given that the Annual Meeting of the members of the Council will be held on Thursday, February 29 at 7:45 am at the Hilton Raleigh North Hills, Raleigh, NC. The purpose of the meeting is to present financials and announce elected 2024 Board of Directors.

8 am | State and National Updates

NC Pork 2023 in Review — Roy Lee Lindsey, CEO
National Pork Board – Bill Even, CEO
National Pork Producers Council – Bryan Humphreys, CEO

10 am | Networking Break
10:15 am | North Carolina’s path to eliminating feral swine*

Falyn Owens, NC Wildlife Resources Commission
Dr. Chris DePerno, NC State College of Natural Resources
Angie Maier, NC Pork Council
Dr. Gustavo Machado, NC State College of Veterinary Medicine

*1 hour of OIC credit available

Feral swine have been a problem in North Carolina since European settlers came. As the feral population continues to grow, it poses a more serious biosecurity threat to the pork industry. Members of the NC Feral Swine Task Force will present findings from a year of in-depth study into the problem of feral swine in North Carolina, and the solution to eliminate the threat.

11:30 am | Awards Luncheon - sponsored by Farm Credit Associations of NC

Honorees this year are:

Hall of Fame: Jimmy Pollock
Outstanding Pork Producer: Brian Kennedy
Excellence in Innovation Award: Dr. Ashley DeDecker
WW Shay Award for Industry Distinction: Dr. Billy Flowers
Emerging Leader: Zeke McCullen

Cost is $20 per person in advance, $25 at door.

Sponsored by:

1:30 | Networking Break
2 pm | Break out session (Choose 1)

Baffled by Ventilation?* 
Dr. Suzanne Leonard, NC State CALS
Austin Baker, Hog Slat

*1 hour OIC credit available
Ventilation has major impacts on worker safety, swine health and farm profitability. Learn the true costs of improper ventilation, as well as practical troubleshooting and management techniques to optimize your own ventilation systems.

Having the hard conversations
Dr. Katie Sanders, NC State CALS
This breakout session will focus on navigating hard or controversial topics within the pork industry. A particular focus will be on consumer perspectives, as those perspectives drive many of the concerns and questions asked by media outlets. Strategies for understanding your audiences and connecting with their values to build shared connection rather than division will be emphasized.

3 pm | Break
3:15 pm | Regulators share lessons from the field*

 Christine Lawson and Steve Guyton, NC Department of Environmental Quality
*1 hour OIC credit available


Register now

Hotel Information 

Hilton Raleigh North Hills
3415 Wake Forest Rd
Raleigh NC

Advance room rate: $169 | Book Now 

Or call 1-800-HILTONS. Use code NCPORK. 

Book by January 29, 2024 to receive the group rate.

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