Pork Producers among 4-H country ham buyers

The Kentucky Pork Producers were among the buyers of the 2014 Kentucky 4-H Country Ham which sold for $4,500 at the Kentucky State Fair Commodity Breakfast.

Bob Robinson, KPPA Secretary, says that supporting the 4-H country ham program is important to the KPPA because it is exposes urban kids to agriculture.

“The ham program is a good program,” Robinson said, “Children who are not involved in agriculture on a daily basis can be involved in it even though they don’t have a farm.”

“As we all know, the ag community is getting smaller day by day so we need to involve urban people because it just makes good sense for us all to be partners,” Robinson said.

Kentucky 4-H State Treasurer Julia Scott says the country ham project is one of Kentucky’s most diverse. Scott has participated in the country ham program for 10 years. She says her interest in the project was sparked by her great uncle who cured country hams but that once she became involved, she realized that most of the other students had no ham curing background.

“We have an array of students who participate in this project because a lot of counties have their own ham houses,” Scott said.

Scott says that one of the greatest aspects of the project is that all participants are required to give a five minute speech about various topics relating to ham curing.

“Many of these students have never been around country ham before but when you take the ham aspect away, they’re still learning to follow through with a project from start to finish and how to communicate about it,” Scott says.

The buyers of the 2014 4-H Country Ham were the Kentucky Pork Producers and Kentucky Farm Bureau.

This article originally appeared in the Fall 2014 issue of The Kentucky Pork Producer News. Article and photos by Celeste Harned of Celeste Communications.