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."