General Frequently Asked Questions

The following is a summary only and is qualified in its entirety by the complete Official Rules which govern the Contest.

Q. How can I apply for the award or nominate someone else?
A. To nominate a pig farmer for this award, please visit our Nominations page. Please provide contact information for the nominee so we can send application information. The farmer you nominate must fill out an online application to be eligible for the award.

If you are a pig farmer and would like to request an application, which will be emailed to you, please visit our Apply page.

Preliminary Applications (which include the submission of three farm photos) are due by 11:59 P.M. CDT March 19, 2017.

Q. Can anyone apply?
A. Any U.S. pork producer who is age 30 or older by January 1, 2017 may apply, but he or she must have five years of professional working experience on a pig farm. For complete eligibility requirements, see the Official Rules.

Q. Can I apply more than once if I own more than one pig farm?
A. No. There may only be one entry per person even if one person owns or operates more than one farm.

Q. Can more than one member of my family apply?
A. No. Only one family member can apply for the farm they are submitting on the application.

Q. After I have filled out the Preliminary Application, what are the next steps?
A. Your preliminary application will be reviewed for completeness and eligibility by the National Pork Board staff. Those applicants who meet the specified criteria will receive an invitation to complete a more detailed application via email. These more detailed applications will be due by 11:59 P.M. CDT April 23, 2017.

Q. How many pigs do I have to have to be eligible to apply?
A. There is no requirement related to the number of pigs you raise. However, applicants must be U.S. pork producers who are age 30 or older by January 1, 2017 with five or more years of professional experience working on a pig farm. Applicants must also be Pork Quality Assurance® Plus certified and the farm on their application must be Pork Quality Assurance® Plus Site Assessed. Applicants must have a completed Common Industry Audit or willing to submit to one (at National Pork Board’s expense). For complete eligibility requirements, see the Official Rules.

Q. If I don’t own the farm I’d like to submit for the award, do I need permission?
A. Yes. This is a requirement that is asked on the application form.

Q. If I am not a full-time pig farmer, can I still apply for the award?
A. Yes, part-time pig farmers can apply. We know there are many pig farmers who have off-farm jobs. However, applicants must be U.S. pork producers who are age 30 or older with five or more years of professional experience working on a pig farm. Applicants must also be Pork Quality Assurance® Plus certified and the farm on their application must be Pork Quality Assurance® Plus Site Assessed.

Q. I don‘t have great Internet service; can I submit a written application? Why can’t I submit a written application?
A. All applications must be submitted via the Preliminary Application email form you will receive. Reasonable Internet access will be a necessity for the winner so he or she can respond quickly to email and participate in social media activities.

Q. What information should I get together so I’m ready to do the Preliminary Application?
A. Most of the questions are open-ended and are about how you raise pigs using the We Care Ethical Principles, rather than numbers oriented. However, you will need the premises identification number (PIN) of the farm that you are submitting on the application. Contact the National Pork Board at (800) 456-7675 if you don’t have the PIN(s). You will also need to know if you are Pork Quality Assurance® Plus certified and if the farm has been Pork Quality Assurance® Plus Site Assessed.

Q. I want to think about the questions before I submit the Preliminary Application. I want to keep a copy of my answers. What should I do?
A. You will receive an application worksheet with the rest of the application information that will be emailed to you. The worksheet is a Microsoft Word document that allows you to type in the answer to each question and save it on your computer. When you’re ready to complete the Preliminary Application you can cut and paste your answers from the worksheet into the application form.

Q. I may need help answering the questions. Who can help me with what to write?
A. Your state pork association most likely can help with some ideas and provide tips. We ask that you answer the questions using your own words about how you’re practicing We Care on your farm.