The Ohio Pork Council

The Ohio Pork Council was established in 1968 when leaders in Ohio’s pork industry determined it was a necessity to promote their own product. When the organization began, about 800 farmers dedicated themselves to this task. The Council now has approximately 2,500 members. Our mission is to serve and benefit all Ohio pork producers.

Greater Cleveland Food Bank Receives Donation from Ohio Pig Farmers

June 13, 2024

NEW ALBANY, OHIO – In northeast Ohio, one in seven people is food insecure – a challenge the Greater Cleveland Food Bank is working to solve in the communities they serve. Getting nutritious, high-quality protein is a particular concern for those in need, which is why the annual assistance from Ohio’s pig farmers through their […]

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Ohio Pig Farmers Applaud Ohio House for Passing Feral Swine Bill

June 12, 2024

NEW ALBANY, OHIO – After many months of providing key facts and answering questions with legislative officials, the efforts of the Ohio Pork Council have passed a milestone with today’s passage by the Ohio House of H.B. 503 by a vote of 89-0. Introduced earlier this year, the bill which now must pass the Senate […]

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Ohio Pig Farmer’s Donation to Help Fill Toledo Protein Gap

May 21, 2024

NEW ALBANY, OHIO – When it comes to providing no- or low-cost meals to those in need in northwest Ohio, sourcing high-quality protein is an ongoing struggle as people there are facing food insecurity rates close to 16% — far above the national 13.5% rate. However, thanks to Ohio’s pig farmers annual Pork Power program, […]

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Ohio Pork Council Presents Awards During Annual Pork Congress

February 8, 2024

LIMA, OHIO – The Ohio Pork Council concluded a highly successful 2024 Ohio Pork Congress with its annual awards luncheon on Feb. 7 that featured updates by Ohio Director of Agriculture Brian Baldridge and OPC Executive Vice President Cheryl Day. OPC recognized several top volunteers for their outstanding contributions to the state’s pork industry. These […]

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Early Registration Now Open for 2024 Ohio Pork Congress

January 4, 2024

NEW ALBANY, OHIO – The Ohio Pork Council invites all producers and members of the pork industry to attend Ohio Pork Congress – your connection to all things pork! The Ohio Pork Congress continues its annual tradition of delivering timely, relevant, and useful information for pork producers and everyone working in today’s pork industry when […]

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Officials Break Ground on New Diagnostic Lab

November 17, 2023

NEW ALBANY, OH – Last Thursday marked a milestone moment for Ohio’s pork producers, along with the rest of the state’s animal agriculture industry as officials from the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) broke ground on the state-of-the-art Ohio Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (OVDL) that will replace the current Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory built in 1961. […]

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Toledo Chef Says Pork Summit “Life-Altering”

November 2, 2023

NEW ALBANY, OH – As part of its ongoing mission to create more pork enthusiasts across Ohio, OPC recently sponsored the chef at SAME Café in Toledo to attend the Midwest Pork Summit in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, with the goal of becoming more proficient in pork meal planning and preparation. Courtney Schmidtke, the chef of […]

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Nominate A Deserving Pork Producer

September 18, 2023

Celebrate a deserving colleague, friend, or family member by nominating them for one of OPC’s annual awards. Nominations are easy, so take a look at the categories below before you make your submission. Pork Industry Excellence This award is given to a pork producer or pork producing family for their willingness to give their time, […]

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Ohio BBQ Competitors Vie for Top Prize in 25th Annual Pork Rib-Off

August 2, 2023

Annual Competition Draws Thousands to Sample, Judge Pork Dishes COLUMBUS, OHIO – Barbecue fans from across Ohio and beyond gathered on Aug. 1 at the Ohio State Fair to see which top-notch barbecue competitor would come out victorious in the Ohio Pork Council’s annual Pork Rib-Off competition. The participants vied for top honors in categories […]

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“Breaking Boundaries” Pig Show Debuts at Ohio State Fair

July 28, 2023

COLUMBUS, OHIO – Making its debut at the 2023 Ohio State Fair, the “Breaking Boundaries” Pig Show featured participants between 9 and 22 years old with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. Along with the assistance of 25 youth mentors from the Ohio Pork Council’s OH-PIGS program, the participants experienced their first-ever “center-ring” opportunity to care for […]

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2023 Annual Sponsors