The U.S. Meat Export Federation has awarded John Hardin, Jr., a Danville, Ind. pork producer and past USMEF chairman, with the organization’s 2007 Distinguished Service Award. The award was presented at the USMEF Global Outlook Symposium in Washington, D.C.

The Distinguished Service Award has been awarded each year since 1991 by USMEF to an individual who exemplifies exceptional dedication and outstanding capability. “I felt from the very beginning of my career that the United States had an opportunity in exports and much of my time has been spent on working to gain market access,” Hardin said. “I am honored to receive this award and feel fortunate to have worked with so many great people at USMEF, especially President and CEO Phil Seng.”

Hardin owns a farrow-to-finish hog operation and corn, soybean and wheat farm. He served as USMEF chairman in 1995 and is a past president of the National Pork Producers Council. In choosing Hardin for the honor, the USMEF Executive Committee noted Hardin believes that pork exports generate wealth and create good paying jobs that contribute significantly to the economic well being of rural America.
Source: USMEF