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National Hog Farmerbelieves all hogs are beautiful, and we think our readers tend to agree. To share our pork industry enthusiasm, we invited readers to submit their favorite photo of their ugliest — or prettiest — pig in June for the first-ever National Hog Farmer “Hogs are Beautiful” Photo Contest.
July 15, 2012
National Hog Farmer believes all hogs are beautiful, and we think our readers tend to agree. To share our pork industry enthusiasm, we invited readers to submit their favorite photo of their ugliest — or prettiest — pig in June for the first-ever National Hog Farmer “Hogs are Beautiful” Photo Contest. We kicked off the photo contest by selecting what we believe to be our ugliest boar photo from the thousands of photos in the National Hog Farmer photo archive (above). A special edition “Hogs are Beautiful” button was created for distribution at the 2012 World Pork Expo. The buttons disappeared quickly, and then the photo submissions started to arrive. Just under 100 pictures of much-beloved pigs were submitted for the contest. Talented, pig-friendly photographer captured images of their favorite pigs, pigs interacting with other pigs, pigs enjoying time with their people, 4-H pigs, artistic pigs, and pigs that are just plain charismatic.
Because of the great response to the contest, the National Hog Farmer staff decided to extend the voting process into July. The winners of the “Ugliest Pig” and “Prettiest Pig” categories will be announced on Friday, July 20. View an online photo gallery of all of the pigs at http://nationalhogfarmer.com.
Editor, National Hog Farmer
Lora is the editor of National Hog Farmer. She joined the National Hog Farmer editorial team in 1993, served as associate editor, managing editor, contributing editor, and digital editor before being named to the editor position in 2013. She has written and produced electronic newsletters for Farm Industry News, Hay & Forage Grower and BEEF magazines. She was also the founding editor of the Nutrient Management e-newsletter.
Lora grew up on a purebred Berkshire operation in southeastern South Dakota and promoted pork both as the state’s Pork Industry Queen and as an intern with the South Dakota Pork Producers Council. Lora earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from South Dakota State University in agricultural journalism and mass communications. She has served as communications specialist for the National Live Stock and Meat Board and as director of communications for the University of Minnesota College of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Sciences. During her career, Lora earned the Story of the Year award from the American Agricultural Editors’ Association and bronze award at the national level in the American Society of Business Publication Editors’ competition. She is passionate about providing information to support National Hog Farmer's pork producer readers through 29 electronic newsletter issues per month, the monthly magazine and nationalhogfarmer.com website.
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