National Hog Farmer's  Masters of the Pork Industry  are a very special, hand-picked group of leaders who share their personal stories and philosophies about life, their careers in the pork industry and their visions for the future.

The Masters are professionals, entrepreneurs, and family-based men and women whose dedication and wisdom are sure to inspire young and old as they tackle the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead in an ever-changing, global pork industry.  

National Hog Farmer has devoted a portion of our May, “State of the Pork Industry” issue of the magazine to bringing these leaders' stories to our readers since 2006. Click on the descriptions below to read these inspiring stories.

The 2013 Masters of the Pork Industry include:

Bradley Wolter, chief operating officer at The Maschhoffs Inc., is a swine enthusiast who has been focused on better pig-raising methods from an early age.

 

Malcolm DeKryger, President of Belstra Milling Co., supervises the construction of a new type of hog farm.

 

Robert Thaler, South Dakota State University Extension Swine Specialist, is a humble leader who has served the pork industry in many capacities during his 25-year tenure.

 

Jim Meimann, former senior vice president of governance and operations at the National Pork Board, is content to let the spotlight shine on others.

 

Rodney "Butch" Baker, DVM, senior clinician and professor in the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine, is a lifelong learner who has enjoyed the challenges of changing careers.

 

Jeff Hansen, founder and CEO of Iowa Select Farms, is a business entrepreneur who paid his tuition through the school of hard knocks.