The National Pork Board is a group of 15 pork producers or importers, nominated by Pork Act Delegates at the National Pork Forum and appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. The board collects the National Pork Checkoff funds and utilizes those dollars to implement programs of promotion, research and consumer information designed to enhance the marketing of U.S. pork and pork products.
Steve Rommereim, President – Alcester, SD
Steve Rommereim was named president at the June 2018 board meeting and is the owner, manager and operator of Highland Swine in South Dakota. Highland Swine markets 12,000 pigs annually and Highland Farms produce corn and soybean crops on 1,600 acres. Steve and his family are also part owners in SDI Pork LLC, which finishes 120,000 hogs annually. Rommereim served as the 2017-2018 vice president and interim treasurer, and as treasurer in 2016-2017. During his tenure on the National Pork Board, he has served on numerous committees. The Operation Main Street speaker has served as a South Dakota delegate to the Pork Industry Forum since 2003. Rommereim was on the National Pork Board’s Plan of Work Task Force in 2009. He is past president of the South Dakota Pork Producers Association, serving on its board from 2001 to 2011. He also is past president of Agriculture United for South Dakota and serves on the South Dakota Animal Industry Board.
David Newman, Vice President – Jonesboro, AR
David Newman of Jonesboro, Arkansas, is in his second term as a board member and owns and operates a farrow-to-finish Berkshire farm in Myrtle, Missouri, that markets pork directly to consumers throughout the U.S. Newman is also an associate professor of Animal Sciences at Arkansas State University where he teaches and conducts research, with an emphasis in meat science. Newman serves on the Swine Health committee and previously chaired the Domestic Marketing committee and served on the Producer Services committee. He also participated in the Pork Leadership Academy.
Michael Skahill, Treasurer – Williamsburg, VA
Michael Skahill of Williamsburg, Virginia, is a vice president for Smithfield Foods. Smithfield Foods is a vertically integrated operation from production to retail marketing. The company markets 16 million pigs annually. Skahill serves on the National Pork Board Trade Committee, the U.S. Meat Export Federation Pork and Allied Industries Committee and chairs the trade committee for the North American Meat Institute. Skahill also served on the National Pork Board 2015-2020 Strategic Plan committee.
Terry O’Neel, Past President – Friend, NE
Terry O’Neel is completing his second full board term and served as president of the board in 2017-2018. Prior to that service, he was vice president (2016-2017) and treasurer (2015-2016). O’Neel also served on the Domestic Marketing, Producer Services and Pork Quality, Safety and Human Nutrition committees. He has hosted farm tours for the Alliance for the Future of Agriculture in Nebraska, the International Water for Food Project and various service, student and youth groups. He served as president of the Nebraska Pork Producers Board in 2007.
Jan Archer – Goldsboro, NC
Jan Archer is an owner of Archer Farms LLC in Goldsboro, North Carolina. The farrow-to-wean operation has 1,200 sows and produces about 28,000 weaned pigs annually. Archer also raises corn, soybeans and hay on 120 acres and operates Archer Consulting, an enterprise that provides personnel training to the pork industry, including PQA Plus®, Youth PQA Plus® and TQA® certifications for producers and allied industries. Archer has served on the National Pork Board Finance, Domestic Marketing and Producer and State Services committees. She is a member of the 2007 Pork Leadership Academy class and an Operation Main Street speaker. She serves on the executive committee of the North Carolina Pork Council and the North Carolina 4-H Development Board.
Gary Asay – Osco, IL
Gary Asay owns and manages Asay Farms, a wean-to-finish operation in Illinois. Asay Farms markets 9,500 hogs annually. He also raises corn and soybeans. Asay most recently served on the Illinois Pork Producers Association board of directors and was a director for the National Pork Producers Council. He is an Operation Main Street and OMS 2.0 speaker. Asay is a member of the Illinois Soybean Association and the Illinois Corn Growers Association.
Deborah Ballance – Fremont, NC
Deborah Ballance owns and operates Legacy Farms, a farrow-to-finish hog operation near Fremont, North Carolina. Legacy Farms markets 115,000 hogs annually and also raises cattle, corn, soybeans and hay. Ballance is a member of the North Carolina Pork Council. She also chairs the National Pork Board Pork, Quality, Safety and Human Nutrition committee and is a member of the Pork Quality Task Force, Common Industry Audit Task Force, the PQA® Plus Task Force and a member of the Retail Advisory Committee.
Richard Deaton – New Madison, Ohio
Richard Deaton is a Sales and Technical Service Representative for PIC. PIC is a Seedstock Producer located in Tennessee. In addition to serving on numerous statewide committees, Deaton has served as an Ohio Pork Council Director from 2011-2017. He currently serves as the president of the Ohio Pork Council. In addition, he served as a Pork Act Delegate in 2013 and 2015.
Todd Erickson – Lorimore, North Dakota
Todd Erickson is the general manager of North Dakota Sow Cooperative Management, LLC, a 12,500 head farrow-to-wean farm that markets 300,000 pigs annually. Erickson is active in the North Dakota Pork Council and served on the board from 2003 to 2012. He was president of the organization in 2010 and 2011. He is a graduate of the Pork Leadership Academy.
Pat FitzSimmons – Dassel, MN
Patrick FitzSimmons is a partner in Protein Sources Management and Milling. Protein Sources works with numerous swine production facilities of varying sizes, individually owned by a diversity of family partnerships. Alongside his six brothers and two sisters, FitzSimmons grows corn and soybeans and manages the flow of F & H Pork, a farrow-to-finish farm in Minnesota. F & H Pork markets 30,000 market hogs and 12,000 replacement gilts a year. FitzSimmons has been a PQA Plus and TQA advisor. FitzSimmons has been active on the Minnesota Pork Board and the Minnesota Pork Producers Association. He has served as president of both organizations. Nationally, he has served on the National Pork Board’s producer state services committee. FitzSimmons is also an Operation Main Street speaker. Locally, he is involved with the Wright County Pork Producers and the Cokato Dassel Lions Club.
Heather Hill – Greenfield, IN
Heather Hill is a co-owner at Hill Farms in Greenfield, Indiana. Hill Farms is a farrow-to-finish operation that markets 32,000 pigs annually. Hill Farms also grows corn, soybeans and wheat. Hill is a former president of the Indiana Pork Board and has been actively involved with the Indiana Pork Board since 2009. She is involved in the National FFA Career Development Sales Committee and serves as a leader for the local 4-H chapter. Hill is an Operation Main Street speaker.
Gene Noem – Ames, IA
Gene Noem is the owner of KD Feeders in Iowa. This farm is a wean-to-finish operation that markets 20,000 pigs annually. Noem also manages the contracted gilt multiplication for PIC North America.
Noem serves on the Iowa Pork Producers Association (IPPA) board of directors and on the IPPA swine health and welfare committee. He is currently finishing his first term serving on the National Pork Board and chaired the We Care℠ task force.
Alicia Pedemonti – Hopkinton, NH
Alicia Pedemonti owns a finishing operation with her husband in Hopkinton, New Hampshire. She also works as a veterinary technician for the New Hampshire Department of Agriculture. They market more than 200 pigs annually directly to consumers. Pedemonti currently serves as the executive director of the Northeast Pork Association. She is a member of the National Pork Board Budget Task Force and a past member of the Nominating Committee. Pedemonti is also a part of the New Hampshire Farm Bureau and the New Hampshire FFA.
Scott Phillips – Drexel, MO
Scott Phillips owns and operates Phillips Farms in Drexel, Missouri. Phillips Farms is a farrow-to-finish operation that markets 54,000 pigs annually. Phillips also raises corn and soybeans on his family farm. Phillips is active in the Missouri Pork Producers Association having served as chair in 2015-2016, and also serving as treasurer and secretary for the organization. In addition, Phillips has served on the Pork Checkoff’s Producer Services and Communications Committee and as a Pork Act delegate from 2002-2016. He is currently the Missouri Pork Association representative to USMEF.
Bill Tentinger – LeMars, IA
Bill Tentinger owns and manages Tentinger Farms located in Iowa. Tentinger Farms is a farrow-to-finish operation that markets 10,000 hogs annually. In addition to raising pigs, Tentinger also raises corn and soybeans on his farm near Le Mars. At the state level, Tentinger has served on the Iowa Pork Producers Association board of directors, serving as president in 2012. He participated in National Pork Board’s plan of work in 2010 and 2014. He also served as a delegate to Pork Industry Forum from 2005 to 2013. Tentinger is an Operation Main Street and OMS 2.0 speaker.