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Alabama Pork Producers, a division of Alabama Farmers Federation, is composed of farmers across the state involved in swine production. Some farmers independently own their operations. Others contract with a company to raise hogs, while still others raise hogs that are sold to young people to exhibit in market shows.
Regardless of size of their farm, pork producers share a common interest to provide for their families while managing their farms in an environmentally sound manner.
Goals and Issues
Goals of the Alabama Pork Producers are determined by a state committee, which is elected by other producers throughout the state.
Issues and challenges facing producers are evaluated each year, and priority is placed on each to determine a focus for the division's efforts.
- Work with youth pork program to increase involvement and quality of education
- Improve image of producers and educate public about pork production
- Develop markets
- Assist producers with education of animal welfare issues
Helping farmers address everyday problems is a key part of our mission. As new challenges appear, Alabama Pork Producers is poised to address those for the good of its producer members.
Alabama Pork Producers is the steward of Alabama's checkoff funds. The National Pork Board collects the pork checkoff and redistributes a portion back to Alabama and maintains a portion to support national programs. Checkoff funds may be used only in areas related to consumer information, promotion, research, and producer education. Programs implemented and supported by Alabama Pork Producers include advertising, community events that focus on pork promotion, 4-H and FFA activities, cooking demonstrations and contests, producer education meetings, and research.
Since checkoff funds may not be utilized for efforts dealing with matters of a legislative or regulatory nature for example, Alabama Pork Producers is able to utilize the resources of Alabama Farmers Federation. National Pork Producers Council is the national trade association that represents America's pork producers on a variety of issues.
Alabama Pork Producers also works closely with the Department of Animal Sciences at Auburn University and the Alabama Cooperative Extension System to provide information for Alabama's producers.
Dr. Frank Owsley serves as the state's swine specialist and coordinates the extension swine program.
||Members of the 2013 Alabama Farmers Federation State Pork Committee are, from left, front row: Chairman Mark Pennington, Calhoun County; First Vice Chairman Tim Donaldson, Cullman County; Roland St. John, St. Clair County and Frank Morris, St. Clair County; back row: Luther Bishop, Colbert County; John Gibson, Marshall County; Tim Gates, Pickens County; L.O. Bishop, Colbert County and Federation Pork Division Director Guy Hall.
Alabama Farmers Federation at Work for Alabama Pork Producers
As a part of Alabama Farmers Federation, Alabama Pork Producers is represented at the state and national levels through departments of Governmental Affairs and National Affairs. The Department of Public Relations provides communications about important issues and notices through its monthly magazine, Neighbors and biweekly newsletter, Cultivator.
The Local Connection
County Farmers Federations, with the assistance of Area Organization Directors, provide support and a mechanism to address issues on the local level. Herein lies the strength of Alabama Pork Producers. Each county may establish its own Pork Committee. Needs and requests from producers in the county are the beginning of policy development and the direction of Alabama Pork Producers. You may contact your county Pork Chairman, or if none currently exists, the Area Organization Director in your region or your County President for more information.
Why Should I be a Member of Alabama Farmers Federation and Alabama Pork Producers?
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The Alabama Farmers Federation brings farmers of all commodities together for a common cause. Together, we can accomplish more for everyone's benefit. The more pork producers actively participating in Alabama Farmers Federation and Alabama Pork Producers, the more effective the organization can be on issues affecting them. With membership in the Alabama Farmers Federation, come many benefits.
Did You Know?
Alabama's top hog producing counties are DeKalb and Pickens.
In 2010, Alabama produced 93,898 market hogs and 187,188 weaned pigs, with annual cash receipts of $18.6 million.
Pork is the world's most widely consumed meat, accounting for about 40 percent of the world's meat consumption.
In 2010, the United States' annual per capita pork consumption was 44.8 pounds.
The United States is the world's largest exporter of pork. Our top global customers are Mexico, Japan, China and Canada.
In 2011, 1 of every 4 hogs was exported. This amounts to nearly 5 billion pounds of pork at a value of $6.1 billion to the U.S. economy.
The national pork industry creates more than 550,000 jobs.
More than 67,000 pig farmers produce nearly 22 billion pounds of pork each year at a value of $34.5 billion to the gross national product.
Over the last 50 years, the pork industry has reduced its usage of water by 41 percent; land by 78 percent; and its carbon footprint by 35 percent, calculated on a per-pound-carcass-weight basis.