Neal R. Black and the late C.R. “Mitch” Mitchell were inducted into the National Pork Producers Council Hall of Fame for their contributions to the pork industry at the organization’s annual meeting held March 6-8 in St. Louis. Both were former editors of National Hog Farmer.
Mitchell was the first and founding editor of the magazine and Black succeeded him as editor in 1973. In the 1960s, they wrote a series of articles, titled “Blueprint for Decision,” that led to the formation of a national pork industry organization and the start of the national checkoff program, known in its infancy as “nickels for profit.”
The two organized the Pork Industry Conference, which was held from 1958 through 1968. Mitchell was a strong advocate of developing the modern, meat-type hog, creating a product more acceptable to consumers. He was honored, posthumously, with NPPC’s Distinguished Service award for excellence and dedication to the pork industry in 1985. Black edited National Hog Farmer during hog cholera eradication, serving as chairman of the Livestock Conservation Institute cholera committee.
“For the their efforts and influences, which helped build the organizational structure of the U.S. pork industry, Mitch Mitchell and Neal Black have been inducted into NPPC’s Hall of Fame,” said Jill Appell, president of NPPC. “They were true leaders, who not only wrote about our industry but helped shape it.”