Steve Weaver, Elk Grove, Calif. pork producer, is the newly elected president of the National Pork Board. Tim Bierman, a producer from Larrabee, Iowa, is the new vice president. Both officer terms are for one year on the board that administers the National Pork Checkoff program.

Weaver and Bierman were elected during the board's summer meeting at the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri. Their terms begin immediately.

Weaver, who owns and operates a 60-sow farrow-to-finish operation with his wife, Pat, is serving his second three-year term on the 15-member NPB and was the board's vice president this past year. He serves on the NPB’s Animal Welfare and Niche Marketing committees. Weaver is past president of the California Pork Producers Association.

Bierman is the owner and operator of Bierman Farms Inc., a wean-to-finish operation that markets 15,000 hogs per year. He also has eight custom feeders where he manages all the pig flows. Bierman and his wife, Mary, also raise corn and soybeans on 500 acres. He is chairman of the board's Budget Committee and has served as president of the Iowa Pork Producers Association.

At the meeting, board members also continued work on the 2009 budget and operating plan, establishing a $55 million spending limit for 2009. That represents a 2.5 percent increase over the $53.6 million spending limit set for 2008. The new spending limit is based on estimates of 109 million hogs being marketed during 2009 at an average price of $51 to $55 per hundredweight on a live-weight basis.

Members of the search committee are seeking to replace Chief Executive Officer Steve Murphy.  They expect to interview their final two candidates in August and will have a recommendation for the board by early September.

Source: National Pork Board