Shana Beattie (left) of Sumner, Neb., was elected president of the Nebraska Pork Producers Association at the annual meeting of the board of directors.
The NPPA directors met Jan. 14 at the Holthus Convention Center in York. Joining Beattie on NPPA’s leadership team are President-elect Jared Lierman of Beemer and Vice President Mark Wright of Fremont.
Beattie was first elected to the NPPA board in 2016. Before becoming an NPPA director, she participated in the Pork Leadership Institute, a comprehensive training program conducted jointly by the National Pork Board and National Pork Producer Council designed to develop future leaders for the U.S. pork industry.
She has advocated for pork producers in Washington, D.C., and is an active participant in legislative and regulatory issues at the state level. She has served as an NPB and NPPC forum delegate and has attended numerous meetings and conferences on behalf of the association.
Beattie was the recipient of the 2018 Ag-ceptional Women’s Award, recognizing her exceptional contributions to agriculture. The award is presented annually during the Ag-ceptional Women’s Conference sponsored by Northeast Community College. A graduate of the University of Florida, Beattie's hobbies include gardening, cooking, baking, and volunteering with youth in her 4-H and FFA communities.
Beattie, her husband, Bart, and four children live on a fifth-generation farming operation near Sumner, where she takes an active role in Beattie Family Farms. This is a diversified operation of corn, soybeans and alfalfa; a partner on a 10,000-head sow farm wean-to-finish swine operation and a commercial cow-calf ranching operation, using grasses and forage in central Nebraska.
When recently asked what she was looking forward to as NPPA president, Beattie said, “Getting back to business. Our producers have never stopped doing business through this pandemic, continually producing a quality product.”
She added, “As far as an association, we have had to take a COVID break from our normal activities. We now want to focus on getting back on the road and get face-to-face with our producers, legislative representatives and industry partners. Additionally, we want to be able to travel so we can be involved with trade promotions meetings such as the U.S. Meat Export Federation, and possibly by fall be part of an international trade mission.”
Learn more online at nepork.org.