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Secretary Vilsack Appoints National Pork Producers Delegate Body

AMS No. 275-12

Sam Jones-Ellard (202) 660-2268

WASHINGTON, December 11, 2012--Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced the appointment of 156 pork producers and four importers to the 2013 National Pork Producers Delegate Body. The appointees were selected from nominees submitted by state pork producer association and importer groups and will serve a one-year term.

Appointed members representing pork producers by state are:

Alabama: Mark G. Pennington, Luther L. Bishop
Alaska: Richard C. Worrell, Patricia R. Worrell
Arizona: Alfredo P. Sotomayor, Leslie J. Cain
Arkansas: Roger L. Hammond, Claus S. Stephan
California: Steven P. Egbert, Jim Brem
Colorado: Roc M. Rutledge, Steven M. Foos
Connecticut: Charles E. Rowland
Delaware: John B. Tigner, Jr., Henry C. Johnson IV
Florida: Ricky N. Lyons, James W. Wood
Georgia: Dania DeVane, Markus E. Clemmer
Hawaii: Wayne I. Shimokawa, Evelyn A. Telles
Idaho: Thomas A. Goodwin, Robert T. Johnson
Illinois: Dereke A. Dunkirk, Curtis D. Zehr, Robert C. Frase, Michael E. Haag, Phillip J. Borgic, Todd A. Dail
Indiana: Charles R. Curless, Samuel D. Moffitt, Mark R. York, Michael S. Lewis,
Emiley D. Gaskill, Nicholas T. Maple
Iowa: Mary J. Bierman, Jamie M. Schmidt, Edward E. Juhl, Albert F. Wulfekuhle,
Bryan K. Karwal, David D. Struthers, David H. Calderwood, Joel A. Huber, Stephen J. Burgmeier, Rodney G. Dykstra, Howard T. Hill, Gregg K. Hora, Chad R. Keppy,
Steven L. Kerns, Jill Kerber-Aldous, Gregory R. Lear, Curtis D. Meier, Mark J. Meirick, David E. Moody, Roger W. Nath, Dale G. Reicks, Marvin J. Rietema, Craig J. Rowles, Max S. Schmidt, Leon C. Sheets, Scott W. Tapper, Bill J. Tentinger, Eugene D. Ver Steeg, Joel D. Van Gilst, John E. Vossberg
Kansas: Michael L. Springer, Alan J. Haverkamp, Peter K. Sherlock, Kent F. Condray
Kentucky: James R. Coates, Benjamin R. Hudnall
Louisiana: Rebecca L. Lirette, Louis J. Lirette
Maine: Barrett A. Parks, Deena A. Parks
Maryland: Thomas G. Hartsock, Charles T. Linthicum
Massachusetts: Lisa D. Colby
Michigan: Fred H. Walcott, Brian D. Pridgeon, Andrew T. White
Minnesota: William L. Crawford, Kevin W. Estrem, Patrick L. Fitzsimmons, Margaret E. Freking, Curtis J. Johnson, Kelly D. Graff, Nathan S. Potter, Sheila A. Schmid, Douglas A. Stade, Tim A. Steuber, Patrick E. Thome, Jacqueline S. Tlam
Mississippi: Terry W. Emerson, Donny W. Ray
Missouri: Marcus O. Belshe, John N. Howerton, Scott W. Phillips, Kristine K. Scheiler-Stewart
Montana: Bruce A. Samson, Joseph D. Hofer
Nebraska: Shane C. Meyer, Russell J. Vering, Karen J. Grant, Scott A. Spilker, Troy D. McCain
New Hampshire: Eric M. Gitschier, Doreen R. Gitschier
New Jersey: Salvatore J. Villari
New York: Edward S. Keller, Jr., Deborah J. Lash
North Carolina: David D. Herring, James L. Lamb, Channing R. Gooden, Janet K. Archer, George H. Pettus, Henry E. Faison, Donald P. Butler, Mark W. Daughtry, Kimberly S. Griffin, Melanie D. Williamson, Brandon L. Warren
North Dakota: Nanci R. Neuman, Seth D. Bacon
Ohio: William R. Knapke, Connie E. Surber, Alan R. Wuebker, Charles A. Weldman
Oklahoma: Karen D. Brewer, David P. McMullen, Joe C. Popplewell, William M. Barnes
Oregon: Jason M. Wille, Kristina R. Wille
Pennsylvania: David A. Reinecker, Daniel W. Groff, Oscar J. Manbeck
South Carolina: Larry B. DeHart, Mark A. McLeod
South Dakota: David J. Uttecht, Ryan C. Storm, Shannon G. Klumb
Tennessee: Dolly J. Barnes, Jamey C. Tosh
Texas: H. Melton Harms, Corby D. Barrett
Utah: Todd N. Ballard, Dwight D. Potter
Virginia: Brandon R. Horsley, Jessica P. Cunningham
Washington: John S. Cocking, Paul M. Klingeman
Wisconsin: Mike E. Salter, Howard AV Roth
Wyoming: Ana L. Shmidl, Shawn M. Shmidl

Importers appointed to the delegate body are: Ole Nielsen, Stig H. Kjaeroe, David E. Biltchik, and Kok Yan (Michael) Chiu.

Established under the Pork Promotion, Research, and Consumer Information Act of 1985, the delegate body and the National Pork Board have implemented a national program designed to improve the pork industry’s position in the marketplace. USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service oversees operations of the delegate body. Representation on the delegate body is based on annual net assessments collected on sales of domestic hogs within individual states, with a minimum of two producers from each state. States have the option of not submitting nominees.

Delegates meet annually to recommend the rate of assessment, determine the percentage of assessments that state associations will receive and nominate producers and importers to the 15-member National Pork Board. The Delegate Body will be seated during the March 8-9, 2013, National Pork Industry Forum in Orlando, Florida.


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