The National Pork Producers Council announced they have sold Validus Services, its for-profit agricultural consulting firm. The announcement was made during NPPC’s annual business meeting in Dallas. The firm was sold to a group of private investors led by Earl Dotson, Validus chief executive officer. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
NPPC formed Validus in 1998 to help provide environmental education and assessments to livestock producers. Since then, the company has conducted more than 6,000 on-farm assessments and today offers comprehensive education, assessment and auditing services for agriculture and food companies in the areas of environmental compliance, animal well-being, on-farm security and worker care.
In recent years Validus has expanded its scope of work to include the entire food system and achieved ISO 9001-2000 certification.
“The sale of Validus allows the NPPC board of directors to focus its complete attention on providing direction for NPPC and allows Validus to continue to pursue independent growth,” said NPPC chief executive officer Neil Dierks.
“We appreciate the positive working relationship we have enjoyed with NPPC,” said Dotson. “We will continue to serve the pork industry and the entire food system with training, assessments and audits and additional services as we grow.”