For the second year in a row, the Ohio Pork Council received top honors at the American Association of Political Consultants Pollie Award Conference, held on April 2-4 in Napa Valley, Calif. The Ohio Pork Council was also recognized at the Ohio Poultry Association’s Annual Industry Celebration Banquet, held April 12 in Columbus, Ohio.
OPC’s Bacon Vending Machine took top honors in the Best New and Unusual Tactic category of the Pollie Awards — the most prized and sought-after awards in the political communications and public affairs industries. The Bacon Vending Machine was designed to create a unique way to promote pork products, while emphasizing farmers’ mission to give back to the community. Additionally, the Bacon Vending Machine served as a fundraiser for The Ohio State University’s meat science program. The vending machine was launched on Ohio State’s campus last December, and received media attention from local, national and international news outlets.
As an allied industry member, OPC works alongside Ohio’s commodity groups on various agricultural fronts. As a token of appreciation, the Ohio Poultry Association awarded OPC with the Industry Partner Award during their recent Industry Celebration Banquet — a fundraiser for Ohio Poultry Association charities. OPC was recognized for their collaborative efforts with the Ohio Poultry Association toward the betterment of Ohio agriculture through statewide efforts on water quality.
“The Ohio Pork Council is humbled to receive these honors,” says OPC president Dave Shoup. “From promotional efforts like the Bacon Vending Machine, to our partnerships with commodity groups like the Ohio Poultry Association, OPC strives to provide a hopeful future for Ohio agriculture.”
Pollie Award entries are judged by a blind jury of professional peers, while members of the Ohio Poultry Association nominate candidates for their awards. The American Association of Political Consultants celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Pollie Awards, and the Ohio Poultry Association commemorated 34 years of the Annual Industry Celebration Banquet with a Poultry Prom theme.