Five of the appointments: Gary Asay, Rich Deaton, Pat Fitzsimmons, David Newman and Bill Tentinger, will serve three-year terms on the board, while the final position, Todd Erickson, will serve the remaining two-year portion of a vacant position.
Asay is a hog farmer from Osco, Illinois and has served four years on the National Pork Producers Council board of directors, as well as several other committees.
Deaton is the president for the Ohio Pork Council that was established in 1968 to promote its products in the area, while Fitzsimmons is a partner in Protein Sources Management and Milling. Protein Sources works with numerous swine production facilities of varying sizes.
Newman is manager and owner of Newman Farms, a farrow-to-finish farm that raises Berkshire pork and markets directly to consumers in Missouri, while Tentinger owns and manages Tentinger Farms located in Iowa. Tentinger Farms is a farrow-to-finish operation that markets 30,000 hogs annually.
Finally, Davidson is the general manager of North Dakota Sow Cooperative Management, a 12,500 head farrow-to-wean farm that markets 300,000 pigs annually. He is also an active member on the North Dakota Pork Council.
The National Pork Board comprises 15 pork producers who are nominated by the National Pork Producers Delegate Body, which is made up of 160 producers and importer members.
Commenting on the new arrivals to the National Pork Board, USDA secretary Sonny Perdue said he appreciated the time and expertise these individuals have agreed to give to help the industry thrive.
“The National Pork Board works to help increase domestic demand for pork both domestically and internationally,” said Perdue. “Last year, nearly $6.5 billion of U.S. pork was sold in more than 100 countries around the world.”