Agriculture economist Glenn Grimes, professor emeritus at the University of Missouri, and former Iowa state senator and “Master Pork Producer” John Soorholtz have been inducted into the National Pork Producers Council Hall of Fame. The two were recognized for their outstanding contributions to the pork industry at the National Pork Industry Forum held March 4-6 in Kansas City, Mo.
Grimes was honored for pioneering pork industry economic outlooks, the pork demand index and practical application of gilt data. In 1983, he began a 20-year consulting relationship with NPPC. Grimes, who earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in agriculture economics from the University of Missouri, worked for the school for more than 58 years. He has been honored by many state and national organizations for his impact on the industry, providing expertise to dozens of pork-industry and agricultural partners.
Soorholtz was part of the so-called Moline 90 group, which provided resources to hire the first full-time executive secretary for NPPC. He also was behind the “Nickels for Profit” program – a forerunner to the pork checkoff – that was piloted in Iowa and Illinois and focused on promoting pork while educating consumers. Soorholtz served as president of the Iowa Pork Producers Association in the ‘70s, and in 1983 he was elected to the Iowa Senate.
“Glenn Grimes and John Soorholtz are two of the giants of the U.S. pork industry,” said NPPC President Sam Carney, a pork producer from Adair, Iowa. “Their contributions to the industry have been invaluable.”