Gene Nemechek, DVM, from Springdale, Ark., is the National Pork Board’s new president. NPB’s board also elected Everett Forkner, a pork producer from Richards, Mo., vice president. Both will serve one-year terms effective July 1.   

Nemechek is a swine quality assurance veterinarian with the live-swine division of the Tyson Pork Group for Tyson Fresh Meats. Nemechek has a shared responsibility to work with the Tyson pork production units in Arkansas, Oklahoma and Missouri as well as customer quality assurance for the Tyson Pork Group weaned-pig and feeder-pig customers.

Nemechek, NPB’s current vice president, is serving his second three-year term on the association’s board and serves on its Budget Committee, Resolutions Committee, Pork Safety Committee and Swine Health Committee. Previously, he served as president and vice president of the North Carolina Pork Council.

Forkner was nominated for a second three-year term on the board by Pork Act delegates at the National Pork Industry Forum in March. He, along with other prospective board members, is awaiting the USDA Secretary’s final appointment to the 2010 board.

Forkner is the owner and president of Forkner Farms, which has 500 purebred sows and markets 8,000 hogs per year. He has sold hogs in 27 different countries, and raises corn, soybeans and wheat on 2,000 acres.

Nationally, Forkner chairs NPB’s Budget Committee and serves on its Administrative Committee. He also serves on the Animal Science Committee and Niche Marketing Committee. He also serves on the Nutritional Efficiency Consortium. At the state level, he is a member of the Missouri Pork Producer Association and serves on the board of directors. He also has chaired the Missouri Pork Expo and MPPA’s Research Committee. Locally, Forkner is past president of the Vernon County Pork Producers; he served on the board of directors from 1970 to 1995.

Source: National Pork Board