Headliners: Boler Joins Topigs Norsvin, Spronk Named to USDA Committee

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Topigs Norsvin Adds New Meat Scientist 
Topigs Norsvin announced the hire of Dr. Dustin Boler as their meat scientist. His responsibilities will encompass research and development activities, sales and marketing support, customer technical service and allied industry support. He will focus on the North American market. 

Boler’s ‘farm-to-plate’ approach to meat science and pork production has been well-received in the USA and around the world, according to a company release.  

Previously, Boler was an associate professor in the Meat Science Laboratory at the University of Illinois. His research focused on fresh and processed meat quality of pork, beef, and poultry. He interacted with various industry partners to evaluate the effects of on-farm practices on carcass characteristics, cutability and quality. Additionally, he investigated further processed meat quality, especially issues relating to fat quality and bacon production.

Randy Spronk Tapped to Join USDA Ag Advisory Committee
National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) past president Randy Spronk of Edgerton, Minn., has been appointed to represent NPPC on the Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee. The Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee provides advice and information to the Secretary of Agriculture and the U.S. Trade Representative on the administration of trade policy, including enforcement of existing trade agreements and negotiating objectives for new trade agreements. 

Spronk replaces past president Jon Caspers of Swaledale, Iowa, on the committee and joins past president Howard Hill of Cambridge, Iowa, who currently serves on the Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee for Trade in Animals and Animal Products. Spronk will serve until June 15, 2023.