The National Pork Board honored Wayne Singleton of Purdue University with its distinguished service award in ceremonies at the National Pork Industry Forum.

“Dr. Wayne Singleton’s contributions to Indiana’s and the nation’s livestock industries have been invaluable,” says Jim McKee, past president of the National Pork Board.

Singleton is well known for his advancements in swine reproduction techniques. He was an innovator in the use of artificial insemination, allowing the extended use of superior sires and significantly improving market hog quality.

As a researcher, Singleton has authored 45 publications and as an Extension professional authored 51 Cooperative Extension Service publications, six videotapes and numerous other pork publications. He retired in 2003 and consults part time.

“One of the things I admire most about Wayne is that he can get a sense of what people can do on their farms, their capabilities and their resources,” remarks Billy Flowers, North Carolina State University animal sciences professor. “If he knew people could not afford the best solution, which sometimes was also the most costly one, he’d find a solution that would work within that farm’s budget and would make it work.”