Iowa’s responsible pork producers are constantly working to promote and protect the health and well-being of their animals and to produce safe, affordable food. Eleven of these producers will be recognized for their efforts by the Iowa Pork Producers Association Jan. 26.

IPPA will formally introduce the 2010 producer award winners at the 39th annual Iowa Pork Congress banquet at the Des Moines Marriott.

The newest class of Master Pork Producers will be recognized during the banquet. The prestigious brass belt buckle will be given to eight producers from around Iowa for their attention to quality, efficiency, innovation and production records within their farming business. Recipients are nominated for the award by their peers and neighbors.

The evening will see the naming of the Master Seedstock Producer for 2010 as well. This award is sponsored by the Iowa Purebred Swine Council and recognizes one individual who has demonstrated integrity, leadership and success in the production and promotion of the purebred swine industry.

One of the banquet’s highlights will be the introduction of the 2010 Pork All-American. The recipient must be under the age of 40 and a Master Pork Producer. This is the highest honor bestowed on a pork producer by the association.

For the fourth year in a row, IPPA will name an Environmental Steward Award winner. This award has been presented since 2007 to a pork producer who has exceeded expectations in manure management, soil and water conservation, air quality strategies, wildlife habitat management and environmental management innovations. The winner receives a $500 cash award and becomes Iowa’s nominee for the National Pork Board’s national environmental steward award.

IPPA will once again name two Honorary Master Pork Producers for their valuable contributions and efforts to enhance the success of the pork industry.

The 2011 Iowa Pork Congress is being held at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines Jan. 26 and 27.

Source: IPPA