March 5, 2012
Contact: Cindy Cunningham
National Pork Board
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National Pork Board Honors Retiring Member Randy Brown

The National Pork Board honored Randy Brown of Nevada, Ohio, at the National Pork Industry Forum in Denver, Colo., March 3 for his six years of distinguished service on the National Pork Board. Brown, who with his brother, Tom, owns and operates Maken Bacon Farms Inc., will complete his second three-year term in July and by law is not eligible to seek election to another term.

In addition to his service on the National Pork Board, Brown has been honored several times by his peers. In 2005, Randy and Tom were named winners of the national Environmental Stewards Award. And last month Randy was named the Ohio Pork Producers Association’s 2012 Pork Industry Excellence Award winner.

The Browns’ farm is about 60 miles north of Columbus. They have 630 sows in a farrow-to-finish operation. They also feed some cattle and farm about 1,200 acres.

“Randy is the prime example of the high quality people who gladly give of their time to serve their fellow pork producers,” said Everett Forkner, National Pork Board president and a pork producer from Richards, Mo. “With his commitment to environmental stewardship, to community service, and to continuous improvement in all aspects of his own operation, it is easy to understand why his fellow board members and his fellow Ohio producers respect him so much. In addition, when his term ends, I’m not sure who is going to lead the O-H-I-O cheer at board meetings.”

Nationally,Brown has served on the Producer Services, Environmental and Domestic Marketing committees and on the Environmental Stewards sub-committee. At the board level, he serves on the Audit Committee. He also serves on the National Pork Board Plan of Work and Budget Task Force.

At the state level, Brown served as president, district director and on several committees for the Ohio Pork Producers Council. He is on the Ohio Pork Producers Council Board. Brown is a member of the Ohio Farm Bureau, the Ohio Corn Growers, the Ohio Soybean Growers, the Ohio Rural Rehabilitation Advisory Committee and the Wyandot Popcorn Museum Board.

Brown and his wife, Chris, have three children.

The National Pork Board has responsibility for Checkoff-funded research, promotion and consumer information projects and for communicating with pork producers and the public. Through a legislative national Pork Checkoff, pork producers invest $0.40 for each $100 value of hogs sold. Importers of pork products contribute a like amount, based on a formula. The Pork Checkoff funds national and state programs in advertising, consumer information, retail and foodservice marketing, export market promotion, production improvement, technology, swine health, pork safety and environmental management. For information on Checkoff-funded programs, pork producers can call the Pork Checkoff Service Center at (800) 456-7675 or check the Internet at