Two National Pork Board members whose terms expire on July 1 were honored at the National Pork Board Industry Forum Saturday in Orlando, Fla. Board members Everett Forkner of Missouri and Julie Maschhoff of Illinois received tributes from fellow board members during the Pork Act Delegate session.
Forkner is a two-term board member who also served as board president during 2011-12. A farmer from Richards, Mo., he is the owner and president of Forkner Farms Inc., where he has 550 purebred sows and markets 7,500 pigs a year. He also raises corn, soybeans and wheat on 2,000 acres.
"Everett was a terrific board president, in part because of the respect those of us in pork production have for him," said Conley Nelson, who succeeded Forkner as board president. "The wisdom he has gained from many years of service to the pork industry was invaluable in guiding us through some difficult issues.
"He also has been a leading advocate of continuous improvement and the role that research plays in finding new solutions for pork producers. An example of that is the role he played in making sure the Pork Checkoff provided financial support for the mapping of the swine genome. The success of that effort will pay dividends for pork producers for decades," Nelson said.
Maschhoff is completing her first three-year term on the board and has chosen not to seek reappointment. Together with her husband, brother-in-law and sister-in-law, she is an owner of The Maschhoffs LLC, one of the nation's largest and most successful pork producers. The Maschhoffs is a farrow-to-finish operation with 135,000 sows and that markets more than 2.8 million hogs a year.
"Julie has been a strong and consistent voice for the need to educate and inform society about the importance of animal agriculture," Nelson said. "Because of her eloquence on the subject, she has become a frequent spokesperson for U.S. farmers through the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance. She was a featured panelist during last summer's national Food Dialogues in Los Angeles, and she has done numerous media interviews on topics important to pork producers."
"Both Everett and Julie represent the best of our industry," Nelson said. "Like so many others, they give freely of their time to serve their fellow pork producers."