Rensselaer, IN, pork producer Danita Rodibaugh was elected president of the National Pork Board at the board's summer meeting in Dallas, TX. Wayne Peugh, owner of a 2,500-sow, farrow-to-finish operation at Edelstein, IL, was named as vice president.
Rodibaugh succeeds Geneseo, IL, pork producer Dave Culbertson in leading the 15-member board responsible for the demand-building, research and consumer information programs supported by producers through the pork checkoff program.
Rodibaugh has held leadership posts at the local, state and federal level and is considered an industry expert on environmental issues.
“It is a tremendous honor to lead an organization that is committed to helping all pork producers, regardless of where they live or the production system they use,” says Rodibaugh, a stockholder in the family farm corporation, and office manager in the 400-sow, farrow-to-finish and seedstock operations.
“Over the years, the pork checkoff has helped our industry make great strides in producing better animals, improving our environmental practices and helping consumers understand how pork fits into their dietary needs. But there is so much more that needs to be done and I am excited to have the opportunity to lead that important work,” she says.
The board also seated new members Carol Hein of Spickard, MO, and Brian Zimmerman of Beatrice, NE, to serve three-year terms.