Jack Rodibaugh, Rennselaer, was honored during the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville Kentucky a few days ago. He was honored by the Saddle and Sirloin Club, a prestigious livestock organization in that part of the country.
Rodibaugh was honored for his lifelong service to the pork industry, both in developing his own herd, and in helping hog producers become established not only in the U.S., but in dozens of foreign countries.
He's also been one of the most popular judges used for swine evaluation on circuits around the country. Jack and his family continue their hog operation today, producing top-flight breeding stock in several leading breeds.
Also honored just recently was John Hardin, Jr., a pork producer from Danville in central Indiana. He received the 2007 Distinguished Service award from the U.S. Meat Export Federation, also known as USMEF. Hardin is past president of that organization.
The award was presented at the USMEF Global Outlook Symposium & Strategic Planning Conference held in Washington, D.C. The award Hardin brings back to his Indiana farmstead every year since 1991 to someone in the red meat industry who exemplifies the exceptional dedication and outstanding capability responsible for the federation's success. Trained and well-versed in economics and global politics, Hardin is an excellent choice for this recognition.
The Danville, Ind. Producer is also past-president of the National Pork Producers, serving in 1995. IN 1992, the National Pork Board inducted him into the Pork Industry Hall of Fame for his services in trying to free up access to world markets for U.S. pork. Hardin is also a past winner of the Indiana Prairie Farmer Purdue University College of Agriculture Master Farmer award, receiving the honor in 1984.
Hardin's other responsibilities include serving as vice chair of the Purdue University Board of Trustees, and he also serves on the Board of the Purdue University Alumni Association. His son, David, now manages the day-to-day, farrow-to-finish hog operation located in Hendricks County. John and his wife, Vicki, still reside on the farm.