Members of the Wisconsin Pork Association attended the 2013 WPA Annual Meeting on Thursday, Jan. 31 at the Kalahari Resort, Wisconsin Dells. At the meeting, the membership re-elected Mike Beisbier, Reedsburg, and Tom Knauer, Avalon, to a second term on the board. In addition, Jonathan Wyttenbach, Sauk City, was elected to his first term on the board. Mike Salter, Black Creek, completed his second term and was not eligible to run.
Elected as officers for the coming year were: Howard AV Roth, Wauzeka, President; Mike Beisbier, Reedsburg, Vice President; Tom Knauer, Avalon, Treasurer; and Bill Gnatzig, Secretary. Other directors on the board include: Bob Spurley, Linden; Jessica Boehm, Stoughton; Jim O'Neill, Spring Green; and Gary Skalitzky, Waterloo. Many thanks to everyone who volunteers their time to serve on the board of directors.
In addition, the membership approved resolutions for the upcoming year. Included were resolutions on: animal care, PRRS, agricultural operation interference, affirmation of Wisconsin's groundwater law, implements of husbandry update, and premises registration funding. For a copy of the complete resolutions, please contact WPA at 1-800-822-7675.
All pork producers had the opportunity to vote for delegates to serve at the 2014 National Pork Industry Forum. Elected to serve as Pork Act Delegates were Tom Knauer, Mike Beisbier, and Jim Magolski, Alternate.
WPA recognized scholarship recipients during the organizations' annual meeting,
The Whitmore Memorial Scholarship was established as a legacy to the late Rex Whitmore, a master statesman and communicator who served as the first executive director of the Wisconsin Pork Association. Applicants must be a junior or senior at University of Wisconsin-Madison, UW-Platteville or UW-River Falls. Each university selects a candidate to represent their school in the selection of this scholarship.