Lynn Harrison, a pork producer from Elk Mound, Wis., is the new National Pork Board president. Harrison, serving his second three-year term on the board, will serve a one-year term as president beginning Aug. 1.
Steve Weaver, a pork producer and board member from Elk Grove, Calif., was elected to serve a one-year term as vice president. The elections took place during NPB's summer meeting in St. Louis, Mo.
Harrison and his wife, Pat, operate a 10,000-head hog farm in northwest Wisconsin. Harrison is a long-time member of the NPB’s Environmental Committee and served as the board’s vice president this past year. In 2002, Harrison was the recipient of the Environmental Stewards Award, given each year to a select number of U.S. pork producers who best demonstrate their commitment to preserving and protecting the air, land and water resources related to their farms. His farm is one of eight Wisconsin Discovery Farms, which are part of an environmental research program run by the University of Wisconsin. He also has served twice as president of the Wisconsin Pork Association.
“My introduction to the work of the National Pork Board was directly related to my interest in the environment,” Harrison says. “I’ll always have a special passion for those issues. But I’m excited about the opportunity to work on all the issues that face pork producers, regardless of where they live or what style of operation they have. We’ll continue to work to build domestic demand for pork and to develop overseas markets. We’ll still be helping producers resolve animal-care and animal-health issues; and we’ll always be committed to providing consumers with the safest and healthiest pork products possible.
“I also want to build on the foundation laid by NPB President Wayne Peugh during this past year. Under Wayne’s leadership we have made significant progress in building a greater level of trust with our customers, and ultimately with consumers. That is going to serve our producers well for years to come. Under Wayne’s leadership, we launched PQA Plus, an improved version of our landmark food-safety program that now also provides assurances that our animals are being given the best care possible. I hope to continue to build on those efforts.”
Weaver, a former banker, got involved in the pork industry from helping his children raise a few pigs for 4-H and FFA projects. He and his wife, Pat, now raise 1,200 pigs annually on their farm near Sacramento. Weaver was just elected to his second three-year term on the board and serves on the Producer and State Relations, Swine Health and Animal Welfare committees.
Source: National Pork Board