The National Pork Producers Council held its annual business meeting on March 7-9, in St. Louis, Mo., electing new officers and members of its board of directors.

Taking over as president of the organization is Bryan Black of Ned Black & Sons farm in Canal Winchester, Ohio; Don Butler, director of government relations and public affairs for Murphy-Brown LLC -- the livestock production subsidiary of Smithfield Foods -- is president-elect; and Sam Carney, a producer from Adair, Iowa, is vice president. Each was elected for a 1-year term.

Elected to the board of directors for 3-year terms in the producer category were Carney; Gary Asay, from Osco, Ill.; Mark Legan, from Coatesville, Ind.; and Bill Luckey, from Columbus, Neb. Quentin Bottorff, who works for Phibro Animal Health, was re-elected to a 2-year term, representing allied industry.

“We have excellent leadership in Bryan, Don and Sam, as well as quality, dedicated industry representatives in the new board members who were elected,” says Neil Dierks, NPPC chief executive officer. “I know that all of them will work diligently and tirelessly on behalf of America’s pork producers.”

 Along with the new officers and board members, individuals continuing to serve as NPPC directors are: Kathy Chinn, from Clarence, Mo.; Bob Dykhuis, Holland, Mich.; R.C. Hunt, Wilson, N.C.; Larry Liepold, Okabena, Minn.; Randy Spronk, Edgerton, Minn.; Doug Wolf, Lancaster, Wis.; and Todd Neff, Dakota Dunes, S.D., who serves as the Pork Producer Industry Council representative. Jill Appell, co-owner of Appell’s Pork Farms of Altona, Ill., will serve on the board as immediate past president.

 Producers C. Ray Noecker, Ashville, Ohio; E. Ray Summerlin Jr., Rose Hill, N.C.; and Todd Wiley, Walker, Iowa, were elected to NPPC Nominating Committee, which reviews the credentials of candidates for the organization’s board of directors.

 Source: National Pork Producers Council