Bryan Black, a Canal Winchester, Ohio, pork producer, is the new president of the National Pork Producers Council. Black was elected to the post for a one-year term at NPPC’s annual business meeting held March 7-9 in St. Louis. Black has served as a member of NPPC’s board of directors for the past five years as well as serving on various NPPC committees.

Black also has served on the Ohio Pork Producers Council, the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation and the Ohio Soybean Council. Black holds an associate’s degree from Ohio State University’s Agricultural Technical Institute. He is responsible for breeding, gestation, day-to-day chores and crop work at Ned Black & Sons farm, which includes 300 sows and 500 acres of cropland.

“Bryan Black will be an excellent president for NPPC and an excellent leader of the U.S. pork industry,” said NPPC CEO Neil Dierks. “Bryan knows the issues of concern to pork producers, and I’m sure he will articulate well the industry’s positions to the public and to policy-makers.”

Sam Carney, a pork producer from Adair, Iowa, is the NPPC’s new vice president. Carney is owner and operator of Carney Farms Inc., which he runs with his son Randy. They market about 6,000 hogs annually from their wean-feeder to finish operation. They also raise corn, soybeans and hay. In addition, they have a cow-calf herd, and they feed cattle.

For more than 20 years, Carney has served in various pork industry leadership positions, including as president of the Iowa Pork Producers Association. He has served on the NPPC board of directors for the past three years. Carney is a member of the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, Iowa Cattlemen’s Association, Iowa Corn Growers Association and the Iowa 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 vice president of NPPC,” said NPPC CEO Neil Dierks. “He will be a valuable asset to U.S. pork producers.”

Source: NPPC