Karen Hiltbrand’s time as the okPORK summer intern is drawing to a close. We’ve loved working with Karen and are excited to see all the big things her future holds. Karen wrote a recap of her summer okPORK adventure so read more to find out about her internship.
During the work on last year’s warthog bill, it became clear to okPORK that Senator Eddie Fields would be a perfect recipient for the 2018 Outstanding Legislator Award.
“It was great to work with the Oklahoma Pork Council,” Senator Fields said. “We established a great working relationship during the warthog bill and made sure they were not going to be imported into the state,”
Darren Wheeler, a long-time pork supporter and owner of Wheeler Meat Market in Oklahoma City, Okla., has been selected to receive the 2018 Ambassador Award for his extensive service with okPORK.
Wheeler said the meat business has and always will be a family affair.
The first okPORK Excellence Award winners were honored at Oklahoma Pork Congress on June 29, 2018. Robert Teel with Prestage Farms, Juan Ovalle, Sr., with Smithfield, and Sam DeHaas with The Maschhoffs were the inaugural recipients of this award. Read more about these outstanding Oklahoma pig farmers.
For the past 12 years, the Oklahoma Pork Council and the Oklahoma Blood Institute have teamed up for the annual Memorial Day Blood Drive held during the last week of May. This year’s event included the theme “Give Local” where 1,299 donors were accounted for at the OBI buildings and busses around the state. A total of 3,897 lives were saved.
In rural America, a Blue and Gold jacket holds a very special meaning. It represents leadership, hard work, and a commitment to care for the land and animals that feed us. The okPORK spent May 1 and 2 among great Oklahoma FFA students proudly donning their Blue and Gold.