North Carolina Pork Council Honors Four Industry Members

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Four people were honored at a recent awards luncheon at the North Carolina Pork Council’s annual conference. Todd See, Chair of the Conference Committee, presented the awards with NCPC President Jared Porter. The following prizes were awarded:

Hall of Fame – Robert W. “Bob” Ivey, Goldsboro

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Bob Ivey


Bob Ivey of Goldsboro has been inducted into the NC Pork Council Hall of Fame, the highest honor bestowed by the organization, an honor reserved for outstanding lifetime achievement and contributions to the industry.

Ivey has been an influential leader in the North Carolina pork industry for decades – and many of the significant advancements of the past 40 years are the result of Ivey’s leadership.

In 2011, National Hog Farmer featured Ivey as a master of the industry, noting that “in the space of 35 years, Bob Ivey has built three hog production systems from the ground up.”

He built Ivey Spring Creek Farm in Goldsboro which went from specializing in certain purebred lines to a four-way cross known for producing silky pork for the Japanese market. Then, in 1989, he developed a three-site production concept for Maxwell Foods when that company branched out into pork. The third challenge was when he developed a 20,000 sow production system for Maxwell in Indiana.

The record shows, again and again, that Ivey has brought an innovative and science-based approach to the industry, including adopting and adapting to pen gestation in a large production system. And he remains active in the genetics segment of the industry to this day, through his genetics business ISCF.

Ivey worked closely with fellow Hall of Famer Charles Stanislaw of NC State University to use data and computers to compile performance data on boars and gilts, which eventually led him to serve on the board of the National Swine Improvement Federation.

Ivey has also been a leader in the state’s animal biosecurity and response planning efforts as past chair of the North Carolina Swine Disease Task Force. Through all of these efforts, his work has helped the state’s pork industry to be one of the best prepared in the country.

He was instrumental in leading not only the North Carolina Pork Council, but also the National Pork Board and the National Pork Producers Council. As a member of the NC Pork Council Board of Directors, he was named “Pork All-American” in 1982, then served on the NPPC Board of Directors from 1984 to 1990, then on the first Board of Directors of the NPB when it was formed, from 1990 to 1996.

Ivey remains active, serving on the board of both NPPC and NCPC, evidence of the trust and respect he has earned. He passed on his love of the industry to his daughter, Marlowe, who was honored a few years ago by NC Pork as an emerging leader – further proof of Ivey’s interest in passing on everything to the next generation. which is good and necessary in our industry.

In nominating Ivey, former NC Pork Council CEO Andy Curliss said he studied the industry, including reading the minutes of every NC Pork Council board meeting. “And it is on the basis of this knowledge that I can write with confidence that Bob Ivey is more than deserving, is more than qualified and far exceeds all the high standards we sought when we decided to admit a person in the North Carolina Pork Council. Hall of Fame.”

Outstanding Pork Producer – Bob Livingston, White Oak

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Bob Livingstone

The North Carolina Outstanding Pork Producer of the Year award recognizes a pork producer or family who has made a significant contribution to the pork industry in North Carolina.

A passion for agriculture and people is what drives Bob Livingston to be the best pig farmer he can be and a deserving recipient of this year’s Outstanding Pork Producer Award.

Livingston and his wife, Jean, own Turnbull Company LLC in White Oak, where they operate a 2,400 head sow farm through Smithfield Hog Production, where they consistently place in the top five for the production of sow farms.

“Bob and Farm Manager Antonio lead by example, working in a safe manner to show what is expected of all employees,” said Bladen County Extension Manager Becky Spearman, who nominated Livingston for the award on behalf of the Bladen County Livestock Association. . Safety is the number one priority on the farm.

Turnbull Company’s second priority is to treat each other with dignity and respect. Livingston goes above and beyond the expectations of its employees by providing opportunities for career growth and continuing education within the industry. Livingston strives to recognize and celebrate the different cultures of its employees by learning to speak the different languages ​​of its employees such as Russian, Polish, Czech and Spanish. By doing so, he is better able to connect with these people and help them with events in their personal lives, such as doctor’s appointments or parent-teacher meetings. It also provides social housing for most of its employees.

“They’re not just average workers, but the type of people in ten thousand,” Livingston says of his employees. This investment in its employees contributes to the farm’s low turnover rate, many of whom have more than 20 years of service. At the awards luncheon, Livingston spent his acceptance speech bragging about his employees.

Whether you’re talking about his genuine investment in his people, his farm production records, or his passion for being a leader within his community, Livingston is a worthy recipient of this year’s Outstanding Pork Producer Award.

WW Shay Award for Industry Distinction – Charmae ​​Kendall, Magnolia

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Charmae ​​Kendall


In order to receive the WW Shay Award, one must demonstrate outstanding service to the pork industry, and throughout her career Charmae ​​Kendall of Magnolia has done just that.

In the words of her nominator, Morris Murphy, “Charmae ​​Kendall is arguably one of Extension’s most valuable employees, and certainly one of the hardest working. The drive and hard work she puts into teaching young people about the farming industry are second to none. She never sits down until all the work is done, often giving more of herself than is expected.”

Originally from Indiana, Kendall and her husband moved to North Carolina for her career, and in the move she found a home with the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service. Initially working with the Sampson County Extension Office, she worked to accelerate their youth breeding program before moving to the Duplin County office where she continues to share her passion for agriculture.

Kendall uses her skills to connect with young people and educate them about livestock. She plays a key role in the Duplin Grows event, where she and other volunteers provide every third grade student in Duplin County Public Schools the opportunity to interact with local agribusiness professionals while learning about agriculture. During the spring and summer months, you can often find her taking students across the state to farms where they learn to judge livestock in preparation for 4-H judging contests.

One of Kendall’s best-known projects is the Duplin County 4-H Pig Project. The project, now in its fifth year, is a partnership with Smithfield Hog Production where 40 local children are introduced to the pig industry as they learn to care for and show pigs over a period of eight weeks. At the end of the project, the pigs are displayed for the Coastal Plains Livestock Show and Sale. Without her creativity and determination, projects like this would not be possible.

Emerging Leader – Josh Coombs, Clinton

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Josh Combes


The purpose of the North Carolina Pork Council Emerging Leader Award is to recognize and honor a pork producer 40 years of age or younger who has contributed to the pork industry in North Carolina and who exhibits leadership potential. This year’s recipient is Clinton’s Josh Coombs.

Coombs was born and raised in Sampson County on a farm started by his great-grandfather. His grandfather introduced pigs to the farm, and then his father moved on to a modern pig farm, under contract with Prestage Farms.

Coombs abruptly inherited the farm and all the responsibility when his father was killed in a car accident shortly after Josh’s wedding. Over time, he and his wife Jessica expanded the farm from four to 12 barns and added four nurseries.

When he’s not working the farms, Coombs is a full-time firefighter for the Clinton Fire Department, where he served for more than 18 years.

He served on the North Carolina Pork Board for two years and has agreed to share his story and his farm to help others understand the commitment of North Carolina pork farmers. In 2018, the National Pork Board featured Coombs in a video as part of the Real Pig Farming campaign. He was featured in another video produced by Feed the Dialogue that focused on sustainable farmer engagement. Working with Feed the Dialogue NC and the NC Pork Council, Coombs hosted a media tour of his farm to give reporters a first-hand look inside a barn and next to a lagoon.

In addition to his work at the fire station and with industry, he is a Mason through Hiram Lodge #98 as well as a Sudan Shriner in Clinton. He currently sits on the nominating committee of the NC Pork Council. He and Jessica have three sons – Jett, Wyatt and Jensen – and they are expecting a daughter this year.

“I love sharing life on the farm with my boys, in hopes that they will one day want to follow in the family footsteps,” says Coombs.

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