Dave Culbertson of Geneseo, Ill., was elected president of the 15-member National Pork Board at the board’s annual summer meeting. Danita Rodibaugh of Rensselaer, Ind., was elected vice president.

Culbertson and his wife, Cheryl, run Geneseo Pork, a 1,450-sow, farrow-to-finish operation that markets 30,000 hogs annually. Culbertson serves as the operation's president/owner manager.

He began raising hogs full time after earning a bachelor’s degree in animal science from the University of Illinois in 1969. Before being elected NPB's president, Culbertson served on the association’s Swine Health Committee, Producer Education Committee, Budget Committee and other committees.

“As president I’ll work to improve the (national pork) checkoff programs already in place and identify areas of opportunity where the checkoff can make a difference for pork producers,” says Culbertson.

Rodibaugh, a former chairman of NPB’s Budget Committee, is a stockholder and office manager at Rodibaugh & Sons, a family farm corporation that supplies purebred swine. The farm has 375 sows, raises 7,000 market pigs annually, and produces corn, soybeans and wheat on 1,800 acres. Rodibaugh is responsible for the business' financial records, herd records and customer database.

“(NPB) will continue to focus on increasing pork demand and funding research to set industry standards in animal health, animal welfare and environmental issues,” says Rodibaugh. “We want to give producers the tools they need to be competitive.”

Pork producers can learn more about NPB's 15 members at www.porkboard.org, or by calling the Pork Checkoff Service Center at 1-800-PORK.

Source: National Pork Board