The National Pork Producers Council this week announced it has selected a new slate of officers for 2013-14 at NPPC's annual business meeting – the National Pork Industry Forum – held March 8-9 in Orlando, Fla.
Sponk elevated to President
Randy Spronk, a pork producer from Edgerton, Minn., was elevated to the post of president for the National Pork Producers Council. He was elected for a one-year term.
Spronk is the managing partner for two family farm enterprises: Spronk Brothers III LLP is involved in pork production, and Ranger Farms LLP is involved in crop production. The pork production enterprise markets 120,000 head annually. Spronk and his partners also raise corn and soybeans on 2,000 acres.
Spronk has served on the NPPC board of directors for the past five years; he is chairman of the organization's Environmental Policy Committee. He has been involved with the Minnesota Pork Producers Association, serving as president in 1999, and with the Minnesota Soybean Association. He holds a degree in animal science from South Dakota State University.
"Randy has been a strong leader in the U.S. pork industry and brings that leadership and knowledge of pork industry issues, particularly environmental ones, to his new position as president of NPPC," said NPPC CEO Neil Dierks. "He is a valuable asset to U.S. pork producers."
Hill elected NPPC President-Elect
Dr. Howard Hill, a pork producer and veterinarian from Cambridge, Iowa, was elected to the post of president-elect for the National Pork Producers Council.
Hill is the director of animal well-being for Iowa Select Farms, an Iowa-based pork production company. He has been with Iowa Select since 2000, when he joined the company as director of production. In 2001, he was promoted to chief operating officer, continuing in that role until 2009.
His pork production business, H&K Enterprises, includes hogs and cattle, and 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 (DVM) degrees from the University of California-Davis. After graduation, he was a mixed animal practitioner in southern California for a year and a half. Hill received his Master's degree and PhD. in veterinary microbiology from Iowa State University.
Hill, who serves on a number of NPPC committees, last year was one of nine veterinarians appointed to serve on the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Advisory Committee on Animal Health. He also is a member of the Story (Iowa) County 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.
"Howard has been a strong leader in the U.S. pork industry and brings that leadership and knowledge of pork industry issues, particularly ones related to animal health and well-being, to his new position as president-elect of NPPC," said NPPC CEO Neil Dierks. "He is a valuable asset to U.S. pork producers."
Prestage elected NPPC Vice President
Dr. Ron Prestage, DVM, a pork producer from Camden, S.C., was elected for a one-year term as NPPC Vice President.
Prestage, who has served on the NPPC board of directors for the past three years, is part of the family-owned Prestage Farms, which includes hogs, turkeys, cattle and cropland for hay. He's primarily responsible for the sows and turkeys on the farms in South Carolina and the swine operation in Mississippi.
A graduate of North Carolina State University who received his doctorate in veterinary medicine from Auburn University, Prestage has served in leadership positions with a number of organizations, including the National Turkey Federation, U.S. Poultry and Egg Association, American Veterinary Medical Association, American Association of Swine Veterinarians, South Carolina Poultry Federation, Palmetto Agribusiness Council, Auburn College of Veterinary Medicine and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.
"Ron has been a strong leader in the U.S. pork industry and brings that leadership and knowledge of pork industry issues to his new position as vice president of NPPC," said NPPC CEO Neil Dierks. "He is a valuable asset to U.S. pork producers."