Nebraska pig farmer Terry O'Neel to lead the Pork Checkoff

Terry ONeel, a pork producer from Friend, Nebraska, was elected as president of the National Pork Board at the organizations June board meeting in Des Moines, Iowa. The National Pork Board is comprised of 15 farmer-directors representing Americas pig farmers.

"I am proud to represent our 60,000 pig farmers and I am both honored and humbled by the confidence that the board is placing in me," O'Neel said. "From the farm, through food chain partnerships, to the consumers table, people care about how their food is produced. I look forward to helping to tell the story of real pig farming in the year ahead, and also to meet first hand with the leaders who deliver our product from farm to table."

O'Neel and his wife Diane own and operate O'Neel Farms in Friend, Nebraska, a farrow-to-finish pig farm that markets 12,000 pigs annually. In addition to pigs, O'Neel Farms also grows corn and soybeans on 700 acres.

Serving with O'Neel on the executive officer team of the Pork Checkoff is vice president Steve Rommereim, a pork producer from Alcester, South Dakota, and, as treasurer, Brett Kaysen, a pig farmer from Nunn, Colorado. Jan Archer, a pork producer from Goldsboro, North Carolina, will serve as immediate past president. The four executive officers will serve one-year terms in their positions effective at the close of the June board meeting.

"As an industry, we stand ready to face our challenges and to celebrate our successes," ONeel said. "And we have so much going for us from establishing our Secure Pork Supply plan to redesigning how we market our product. The Pork Checkoff is energized and we stand ready to roll up our sleeves and get to work in support of research, pork promotion and consumer and producer education."

Photo & Story source: Nebraska Pork Producers Association

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