USDA Appoints Five Leaders to the National Pork Board

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On Tuesday, the USDA announced the appointment of five members to the National Pork Board. All five appointees will serve three-year terms.

The appointed members are:

Russell A. Nugent III, Lowell, Ark.
Nugent lives in Lowell, Ark. As the Director of Technical Services for The Pork Group, Inc., he is responsible for swine veterinary health, nutrition, genetics, welfare, and research. The farrow-to-finish operation markets 1.125 million pigs annually.

Gene Noem, Ames, Iowa
Noem is the owner of KD Feeders in Iowa. This farm is a wean-to-finish operation that markets 20,000 pigs annually. Noem also manages the contracted gilt multiplication for PIC North America. 

Bill Luckey, Columbus, Neb.
Luckey owns a wean-to-finish operation in Columbus, Neb., where he also holds partial ownership of a sow farm. He is responsible for the daily care of 740 nursery pigs and 1,400 finisher pigs. In addition, his family operates a 2,000-head, custom contract finisher. They market 10,000 pigs annually. He also raises corn, soybeans and cattle on 700 acres.

Alicia Pedemonti, Hopkinton, N.H.
Pedemonti owns a finishing operation with her husband in Hopkinton, N.H. She also works as a veterinary technician for the New Hampshire Department of Agriculture. They market more than 200 pigs annually directly to consumers. 

Michael P. Skahill, Williamsburg, Va.
Skahill of Williamsburg, Va., is a vice president for Smithfield Foods. Smithfield Foods is a vertically integrated operation from production to retail marketing. The company markets 16 million pigs annually. 

The National Pork Board, composed of 15 pork producers nominated by the National Pork Producers Delegate Body, is made up of 132 producer and importer members.

The program was created and is administered under the authority of the Pork Promotion, Research, and Consumer Information Act of 1985. It became effective Sept. 5, 1986, when the Pork Promotion, Research, and Consumer Information Order was implemented, a USDA release said. Assessments began Nov. 1, 1986.

Since 1966, Congress has authorized the development of industry-funded research and promotion boards to provide a framework for agricultural industries to pool their resources and combine efforts to develop new markets, strengthen existing markets, and conduct important research and promotion activities. 

The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) provides oversight of 22 boards, paid for by industry assessments, which helps ensure fiscal accountability and program integrity.

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