Ractopamine Update, OPC Scholarships Now Online

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Ractopamine Update

From the Ohio Department of Agriculture: Based upon questions that have arisen regarding ractopamine for use in swine exhibitions in county and independent fairs, Director Pelanda issued the following statement:

This affidavit is a consistent, fair way to respond to international market access. ODA strongly recommends the uniform use of this affidavit as being in the best interest of our young exhibitors. I have serious questions for fairs who object to the use of this affidavit. Prohibiting the use of ractopamine in all fair activities will level the playing field and provide liability protection to our fair boards. This process allows for swine exhibitors to have access to local markets as well.”

The Ohio Pork Council issued important information regarding ractopamine-free swine projects to its membership earlier this month. That message can be viewed here.

Fact sheets, additional information and the affidavit can be found here.

Ohio Pork Council Scholarship Application Now Online

2020 Ohio Pork Council Scholarships – Applications due April 30. The Ohio Pork Council is pleased to offer three scholarship opportunities in 2020. Students entering their freshman, sophomore, junior or senior year in college are encouraged to apply. Applicants, or their parents, must be actively involved in the pork industry. Children of pork industry employees, managers and contract growers are eligible. Applications can be found at http://ohiopork.org/scholarships/

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