The National Pork Board has elected Steve Weaver, a pork producer from Elk Grove, CA, its new president. Members of the board also elected Tim Bierman, a pork producer from Larrabee, IA, vice president. Both officer terms are for one year on the board that administers all pork checkoff programs.
Members of the search committee appointed to screen candidates to replace outgoing Chief Executive Officer Steve Murphy reported that the final two candidates will be interviewed in August, and they expect to make a recommendation to the board by early September.
Weaver owns and operates a 60-sow, farrow-to-finish operation with his wife, Pat. He is serving his second, three-year term on the 15-member National Pork Board, and served as the board’s vice president this past year.
Weaver also serves on the board’s Animal Welfare and Niche Marketing committees and the Administrative and Compensation committees.
The California producer has made more than 40 presentations as a member of the pork checkoff’s Operation Main Street, a program where pork producers speak to local civic and public service groups to discuss modern pork production.
Weaver is past president of the California Pork Producers Association and Western Duroc Breeders. He has served on the California Department of Food and Ag Swine Health Committee.
Weaver has been active in the California Farm Bureau and guest lectures for the University of California at Davis and California Polytechnic University at San Luis Obispo.
Bierman is the owner and operator of Bierman Farms Inc., a wean-to-finish operation marketing 15,000 hogs/year. He also manages eight hog custom feeding operations. Bierman and his wife, Mary, also raise corn and soybeans on 500 acres.
Bierman chairs the board’s Budget Committee and serves on the Demand Enhancement and Trade committees.
At the state level, Bierman has served as president of the Iowa Pork Producers Association (IPPA) and has been a member of the IPPA executive board since 1999. Bierman is a member of the Cherokee County Pork Producers. In addition, he is a member of the Iowa Farm Bureau, Iowa Corn Growers and Iowa Soybean Association.