Ohio Pork Producers visit Capitol Hill for USO BBQ

Ohio pork was featured at the recent National Capital Barbeque Battle in Washington, D.C.

Ohio pork farmer and a director for the National Pork Board Rich Deaton said the organization showcased various pork items.

“We were there in that tent space where these casting vote, and that gave us all an opportunity to just dialogue with them and ask questions of which one do you prefer,” he says.

Jess Stevens tells Brownfield it was an opportunity to show the We Care principles to the U.S. armed forces through high quality protein.

“We’ve been focusing on pork as a high quality protein and safe protein and giving that to some of the folks in our US armed forces and using that as a pillar like this nourishes their body,” she says. “This was an all pork BBQ. These are all pork recipes, building healthy bodies with a high quality protein.”

She says interacting with consumers was most impactful.

“It was way outside and it got us in front of the broader audience,” she says. “We always talk about talking to consumers, but it was great to talk to consumers where they’re at.”

Ohio Pork Council, Illinois Pork Producers Association, Pennsylvania Pork Producers Association and Iowa Pork Producers Association participated and donated to the All-Pork contest. State pork associations in Virginia, North Carolina and Iowa sponsored the $100,000 Pork Chop Challenge. 

Photo provided by Ohio Pork Council.

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