NPPC Elects New Officers, Board Members

KANSAS CITY, Mo., March 8, 2014 – The National Pork Producers Council today elected new officers and members to its board of directors at its annual business meeting – the National Pork Industry Forum – held here.

Elected as president of the organization was Dr. Howard Hill, a consultant for Iowa Select Farms and a pork producer from Cambridge, Iowa. His pork production business, H&K Enterprises, includes hogs and cattle, and Hill and his son farm 2,600 acres of corn, soybeans and alfalfa.

Dr. Ron Prestage was elected as president-elect. A pork producer from Camden, S.C., Prestage is part of the family-owned Prestage Farms, which includes hogs, turkeys, cattle and cropland for hay. He’s primarily responsible for the sows and turkeys on the farms in South Carolina and a swine operation in Mississippi.

Elected as vice president was John Weber, a pork producer from Dysart, Iowa. In addition to raising hogs for Cargill Inc., he manages with his son Valley Lane Farms Inc., a grain and livestock operation.

New members elected to the board for three-year terms were David Herring, of Lillington, N.C.; Phil Borgic, of Nokomis, Ill.; and Terry Wolters, of Pipestone, Minn. They join current directors Jim Compart, of Nicollet, Minn.; Jim Heimerl, of Johnstown, Ohio; Ray Summerlin, of Rose Hill, N.C.; Bill Kessler, of Mexico, Mo.; AV Roth, of Wauzeka, Wis.; Ken Maschhoff, of Carlyle, Ill.; and Chris Hodges, of Kansas City, Mo.

Elected for a two-year term as the allied industry representative was Kent Bang, with AgStar Financial. Re-elected for two-year terms to the NPPC Nominating Committee were Dave Moody, of Iowa, and Kraig Westerbeek, of North Carolina.

“In Howard, Ron and John, pork producers have some great leadership at the helm of NPPC, and the pork industry has some thoughtful innovators,” said NPPC CEO Neil Dierks. “And the addition of David Herring, Phil Borgic and Terry Walters to the NPPC board gives us some good young leaders who will help take the industry into the future.”