At this year's National Pork Industry Forum, the National Pork Producers Council elected a new lineup of officers. Retiring as president is Don Butler from Warsaw, N.C., and stepping into that role is Sam Carney of Adair, Iowa.
Carney owns and operates Carney Farms with his son Randy. The duo markets 4,000 hogs annually from a wean-to-finish operation. Rounding out the enterprise is a cow-calf herd, as well as hay, corn and soybeans. A previous Iowa Pork Producers Association president, Carney has volunteered his abilities to local, state and national pork producer groups for more than 20 years. He's also active in Iowa's Farm Bureau Federation, Cattleman's Association, Corn Growers Association and Soybean Association.
"Sam has been a long-time leader in the U.S. pork industry and brings that leadership and knowledge of pork industry issues to his new position as president," said Neil Dierks, NPPC's cheif executive officer. "He will be a valuable asset to U.S. pork producers."
In the president-elect position is Doug Wolf, a producer from Lancaster, Wis. He is a partner in Wolf L&G Farms, which includes a 1,200-sow, farrow-to-finish operation, with his wife Kris and son Shannon. A beef cattle herd, hay and crops complete the business. Among his involvement in other farm groups, Wolf has been on the NPPC board of directors for the past four years.
NPPC's new vice president is now R.C. Hunt, who owns Andrews Hunt Farms, a 3,800-sow operation that markets 75,000 feeder pigs annually near Wilson, N.C. The business includes beef cattle, tilapia and 1,000 acres of crops and hay. Among his involvement with NPPC, he chairs the We Care Advisory Committee. Hunt is active in local organizations and on the state leve, is involved with the North Carolina Cattlemen's Associaion, Agribusiness Council and Meat Processors. Hunt also was elected to another three-year term of NPPC's Board of Directors.
During Pork Forum, NPPC delegates re-elected Larry Liepold, Okabena, Minn., and Randy Spronk, Edgerton, Minn. to the board of directors. New to the 15-member board are Ron Prestage, DVM, from South Carolina, and Al Deutsch with the AP Division of Grain Systems, as the allied industry representative.