Scheduled for Friday, August 2, the annual meeting of the pork minds will gather at the Embassy Suites Norman – Hotel and Conference Center in Norman, Okla. The Oklahoma Pork Congress calls together more than 150 pork producers, allied industry members and guests for updates, programs, awards luncheon, a business meeting, a silent auction and a fun filled Bacon and Blues Casino Night.
The event will begin at 9:30 a.m. with an update from the National Pork Producers Council and the National Pork Board. After the update, the awards luncheon will take place.
Donna Jackson will receive the okPORK Distinguished Service Award and Jim Seward and Curtis Creed will receive the okPORK Excellence Award, In addition, okPORK plans to honor Senator Julie Daniels and Representative Mark McBride as the 2019 Outstanding Legislator, and Tulsa State Fair and Oklahoma Youth Expo Swine Committee members: Rusty Gosz, Rose Bonjour, Jason Harvey, Guy Shoulder, Brett Ramsey and Steve Thompson as the 2019 Ambassadors.
Following lunch, okPORK Executive Director Roy Lee Lindsey will provide an update for all members. Directly following the okPORK update James McSpadden will lead attendees through a discussion on the current legislative session and the effect it could have on Oklahoma’s pork industry. Following the updates, the 2019 business meeting will take place.
At 4:15 p.m., the keynote session will include an exciting opportunity to hear from Emily Bowers, Senior Director of Education and Operations for Bakery Equipment Manufactures and Allieds (BEMA). Bowers serves the baking industry as a subject matter expert on talent management and training.
To round out the day, okPORK will again be hosting a casino night with the theme of Bacon and Blues. An evening of food, casino games including: blackjack, roulette, craps and poker, drinks, silent auction items, door prizes and a DJ will fill the room. The tickets are $40 and include h’odurves, $2,000 in poker chips, two drink tickets and a chance to win$1,000 cash. Your winnings turn into tickets to be entered for different door prizes including: Bacon of the Month Membership, Custom Firepit, Vacation Getaway, a brand-new iPad and more. For more information and to purchase tickets visit www.okpork.org/okporkcongress2019 or call the office at 405-232-3781.
Interested in attending or learning more? You can find the full agenda and all the meeting details at www.okpork.org/okporkcongress2019 okPORK will be posting live updates during the Oklahoma Pork Congress on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat. We are located at www.facebook.com/okpork. The okPORK Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat handles are @Okpork and you can also follow updates using the hash tag #okporkcongress19.