Iowa Pork Congress To Feature “Taste” Contest With Chefs
(Des Moines) — Pork producers from across the state will converge at Des Moines next week for the annual Iowa Pork Congress. The industry trade show along with the educational sessions will take place on Wednesday and Thursday, but on Monday, several chefs have been invited to participate in the “Taste” contest. Dal Grooms serves as the Director of Communications for the Iowa Pork Producers Association. She says at least ten chefs from across Iowa have been invited to create an interesting pork entrée using ground pork.
Grooms says although the competition is fun, there is a reason for the contest. She says 30 years ago, few restaurants would offer any pork entrée items. Now today, thanks in part to the pork check-off program with promotion slogans as “Pork, the other white meat”, and “Be Inspired” pork entrees is becoming more popular as a regular featured menu item.
Grooms says many recipes that call for ground beef can be substituted with ground pork.
Voting Delegates To Iowa Pork Congress Will Decide Policy
(Des Moines) — On Tuesday, voting delegates from the 99-county pork producer organizations will decide upon resolutions and establish policy. Grooms says a special task force report will be delivered to the county delegates that looks at the responsibilities of the member-based pork association, and the responsibilities of the Pork Board with the required investments.
Another topic to be discussed is a proposal to lower the rates for the pork checkoff program. Currently, producers’ share of the pork checkoff is 45 cents per $100 dollars value of pork. Membership dues are utilized for lobbying purposes, while check-off funds can only be used for promotion and education, research, market development, and exports.
The industry trade show and seminars will be featured on Wednesday, January 26th, and Thursday, January 27th. The Master Pork Producers banquet will be held Wednesday evening. KLEM will have special reports from the Iowa Pork Congress next week.
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