Pork producers Dr. Howard Hill from Cambridge, Iowa, Dr. Ron Prestage from Camden, S.C., and John Weber, from Dysart, Iowa, were elevated to the post of president, president-elect and vice president, respectively, for the National Pork Producers Council.
The three were elected for one-year terms at NPPC's National Pork Industry Forum this week in Kansas City, Mo.
Dr. Howard Hill
Hill is a consultant for Iowa Select Farms and has been with the company since 2000. His pork production business, H&K Enterprises, includes hogs and cattle. Hill and his son farm 2,600 acres of corn, soybeans and alfalfa.
A native of southern California, Hill earned his bachelor's and doctorate of veterinary medicine degrees from the University of California-Davis; he received his Master's degree and Ph.D. in veterinary microbiology from Iowa State University.
Hill, who serves on a number of NPPC committees, recently served on the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Advisory Committee on Animal Health. He is a member of the Story County Iowa Pork Producers, is on the board of directors of the Iowa Pork Producers Association and is past president of the American Association of Swine Veterinarians. Hill also is involved with the Iowa Veterinary Medical Association and the American Veterinary Medical Association.
Dr. Ron Prestage
Prestage, a graduate of North Carolina State University who received his doctorate in veterinary medicine from Auburn University, has served in leadership positions with a number of organizations, including the National Turkey Federation, U.S. Poultry and Egg Association, American Association of Swine Veterinarians, South Carolina Poultry Federation, Palmetto Agribusiness Council, Auburn College of Veterinary Medicine, South Carolina Chamber of Commerce and the North Carolina State University Board of Trustees.