Illinois pork producer assumes the position of president.

The National Pork Board has elected Wayne Peugh, a pork producer from Edelstein, IL, as its new president. He succeeds Danita Rodibaugh, a Rensselaer, IN, producer who remains on the board.

Elected vice president was Lynn Harrison, a pork producer from Elk Mound, WI.

Both Pork Board officers will serve one-year terms.

“We achieved great success under Danita's leadership, and I welcome the challenge of building on that success,” remarks Peugh.

“We'll have a big agenda in the next 12 months,” he says. “We will be launching our new Pork Quality Assurance (PQA) Plus program to deliver on our animal care and well-being solution. We will be building on our tremendous success in export markets. We'll continue our groundbreaking work to assure pork safety. We'll continue our support of environmental stewardship. And, we'll always be looking for ways we can maximize the value of the pork checkoff for all producers.”

Peugh is an Illinois native and a graduate of the University of Illinois with a degree in agricultural economics. Peugh and his wife, Edith, own and manage a 3,000-sow, farrow-to-finish operation. Leading Edge Pork LLC/Peugh Farms markets 60,000 hogs/year. They also raise corn and soybeans on 1,800 acres.