The National Pork Board will honor Sam Hines of Holt, Mich., as the winner of its Distinguished Service Award. Hines is the executive vice president of the Michigan Pork Producers Association. He will be recognized at the National Pork Industry Forum in Dallas. The Distinguished Service Award is awarded annually to outstanding leaders and recognizes a lifelong contribution to the pork industry.
"Sam's hard work and passion for the pork industry benefited not only Michigan producers, but the industry as a whole," said Steve Weaver, NPB president. "Sam has many accomplishments to his credit, including playing a role in pseudorabies eradication and helping establish NPB’s permanent office in Des Moines. He has always been there, leading the way, and using his gifts and knowledge to lead others to move the pork industry forward."
Another important accomplishment that many people credit Sam with is working to make the National Pork Checkoff what it is today, even when circumstances arose that challenged it. "The pork checkoff could easily have ended through any one of those court decisions," said Jim Meimann, executive vice president, governance and operations for NPB. “I think without Sam's attention to this effort, we may not have a checkoff today."