Each year, the National Pork Producers Council selects leading individuals to place into the industry's Hall of Fame. This year's entrants are Gerald Jiggs” Sandidge, a founding member of NPPC; the other is Wendell Murphy, who established Murphy Milling Company in Duplin County, N.C., in 1962 and then entered the pork production business. As his business progressed, contract feeding of Murphy-owned feeder pigs became standard practice.

“Sandidge is committed to serving his fellow producers,” says  NPPC President Jill Appell. Leading by example, Sandidge opened his Marshall, Mo., Ham Hill Farms to University of Missouri staff to conduct various research trials. From judging contests to long-term ventilation studies, Sandidge has participated in activities to help improve his enterprise and the pork industry.

Helping establish NPPC, Sandidge took the idea for advocacy to Missouri where he helped develop a network of county pork producer groups as well as the Missouri Pork Producers Association. “Because of his efforts, advocacy for pork producers became an organized and effective tool locally in Missouri and nationally,” says Appell.

Commenting on Wendell Murphy, Appell notes, “Wendell changed pork production in North Carolina and the United States."

  In the early days, he raised hogs on dirt lots. When confinement technology was introduced, Murphy embraced it for his operation and for his contract growers. He also adopted genetics technology, producing leaner, more healthful animals. As his Rose Hill, N.C., Murphy Family Farms grew, Murphy used local inputs as much as possible.

 He  has served not only the pork industry, but also his state. He was elected to both the North Carolina House of Representatives and Senate.

“For his commitment, dedication and innovation, NPPC salutes Wendell Murphy,” says Appell.

 Source: National Pork Producers Council