Joy Philippi, who owns and operates Pine Alley L.L.C., a 2,000-head swine nursery in Bruning, Neb., assumed the presidency of the National Pork Producers Council. Jill Appell, who co-owns and operates Appell's Pork Farms, a family-owned wean-to-finish operation in Altona, Ill., today became president-elect of the National Pork Producers Council. Bryan Black, a pork producer from Canal Winchester, Ohio, was elected vice president of NPPC. Both were elected to the posts for a one-year term at NPPC's annual business meeting last week.
Philippi, who is partners with her parents in the farm operation, which includes 400 acres of corn and soybeans, is a past president of the Nebraska Pork Producers Association. She has chaired most committees for that group and is a member of the executive committee. Philippi was elected to a two-year term on the National Pork Producers Council Board of Directors in 2002.
Currently she is co-chair of NPPC's Farm Bill Task Force. She has served on many NPPC task forces and committees, including Animal Health Food Security Policy, Country of Origin Labeling, Antimicrobial Working Group, Budget and "Vote Yes." She also has been called upon by the National Pork Board to serve on committees, including Plan of Work, Swine ID, COOL and Trade.
Philippi was appointed by the Nebraska Department of Agriculture to serve on the Rural Rehabilitation Advisory Committee. She was a member in 2001 of then-Neb. Gov. Mike Johanns' trade mission team to South America.
Black new NPPC vice president
Bryan Black is involved in Ned Black & Sons farm, which includes 300 sows and 500 acres of cropland. He is responsible for breeding, gestation, day-to-day chores and crop work.
A member of NPPC's board of directors for the past three years and of various NPPC committees, Black also has served on the Ohio Pork Producers Council, the Ohio Farm Bureau and the Ohio Soybean Council. He earned an associate's degree from The Ohio State University's Agricultural Technical Institute.
Appell chosen as next president-elect
Jill Appell runs her farm with husband Paul and Paul's mother and brother. In addition to selling about 8,000 hogs a year, they farm 2,000 acres of corn and soybeans and have several hundred acres in the Conservation Reserve Program.
Appell was appointed NPPC vice president July 6, 2005. She was elected to the organization's board of directors in 2002 and is a past member of the board of PorkPAC, NPPC's political action committee. A past president of the Illinois Pork Producers Association, Appell also has been on a number of committees for the National Pork Board, has been a member of the Illinois Council for Food and Agricultural Research and the Knox County [Ill.] Farm Bureau and is serving on the Illinois Attorney General's Advisory Committee and the Illinois Governor's Advisory Committee. She was the state director with USDA's Rural Development in Illinois.