The Rock County Pork Producer's mission is to promote pork products throughout Rock County and to educate area residents for a better understanding of the pork industry in our society.
Through the activities the producers participate in and the events they organize, the Rock County Pork Producers use funds raised to support the education of area youth who are interested in a career in agriculture, to help fund activities and events that promote agriculture in Rock County and the state of Wisconsin and to educate and encourage youth exhibitors participating in the Rock County 4-H Fair.
Getting together as a group in the early 1960s, pork producers from all over Rock County would gather and meet on a fairly regular basis. In about 1969, they held their first Pork Fest, serving a meal which included pork. They served the farmers of Rock County who raised swine. Since that time, the event has evolved into the major fundraiser and promotional event it is today -- known by all as the "Rock County Pork Fest."
With the purpose of promoting the Pork Industry in Rock County and ensuring that funds raised by this organization would be used for charitable purposes, the Rock County Pork Producers, Inc was founded as a non-profit organization on May 1, 1992.
The original members of the Board of Directors for the Rock County Pork Producers included: Arlen Butts, Marty Clift, Norm Everhard, John Lader, Michael Ligman, Byron Meech, Raymond Miller, Tom Walsh and Andrew Weberpal.
In 2010, the Rock County Pork Producers were granted non-profit 501(c)(5) status.
What We Do
Each year, the Rock County Pork Producers award three $500 scholarships. Scholarships are available to area students who are graduating from High School or are enrolled in a post secondary school and are pursuing a career in agriculture or a related field. Applications are selected based on the student's leadership skills and their contribution to the future of the Pork Industry.
The Rock County Pork Producers sponsor an annual Swine Clinic which teaches youth the proper handling and care of their swine project and assures the raising of quality pork products.
The Rock County Pork Producers provide financial support and also volunteer to help with: Wisconsin State Fair Pork Shoppe, Alice in Dairyland, WPA Taste of Elegance, Rock County Children's Christmas Benefit, Vets Roll, Echo and Rock County 4-H Fairgrounds Improvements.
Youth participating in pork industry programs in the state of Wisconsin will benefit from the recent pie and silent auctions at the Wisconsin Pork Association’s Taste of Elegance reception, which was held in conjunction with the Pork/Corn/Soy Expo on January 31, 2013 in the Wisconsin Dells.
The Pie Auction raised $10,300 for youth programs. Pork producers, corn growers, and industry representatives from around the state showed their support for youth involved in agriculture by placing bids on the assortment of pies.
All of the pies were donated by industry supporters and families involved in the Wisconsin Pork Association. The Rock County Pork Producers were among 13 buyers and contenders providing their support for the event. The highest bid of the evening was for a 40-pound apple pie, which sold for $2,000 to the Rock County Pork Producers.
In addition, a silent auction was held to continue to build the Buell Gunderson Memorial Scholarship fund. The total raised for the Buell Gunderson Memorial Scholarship fund was $1,255. Pork producers and industry representatives from around the state showing their support by donating an item. The Rock County Pork Producers donated a "Janesville" wagon filled with pig-themed items and a voucher good for tickets to Pork Fest (being held on June 12, 2013).
Pictured at the event are Board Members: John Morton, Sally Churchill, Randy Kleven, Ed Reible along with several former Board Members and supporters. Holding the pie is the creator of the sweet treat, Chef Robert Gamble.