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.
Terry O’Neel of Friend, NE – President
Terry O’Neel is the owner and manager of O’Neel Farm in Friend, Nebraska. O’Neel Farm is farrow-to-finish operation with 500 sows that markets 10,000 hogs annually. He also raises corn and soybeans on 700 acres. O’Neel has previously served on the Finance, Administrative, Domestic Marketing and Pork Safety, Quality and Human Nutrition committees. He is an Operation Main Street speaker. O’Neel served as president of the Nebraska Pork Producers Association in 2007 and was an officer and director from 2001 to 2009.
Steve Rommereim of Alcester, SD – Vice President, Interim Treasurer
Steve Rommereim is the owner, manager and operator of Highland Swine in Alcester, South Dakota. Highland Swine markets 10,000 pigs annually. He also grows corn, soybeans, and alfalfa on his farm. As Treasurer, Rommereim leads the National Pork Board Finance committees and currently serves on the National Pork Board Producer and State Services committee. He is an Operation Main Street speaker and has served as a delegate for South Dakota to the Pork Industry Forum since 2003. He also served on the National Pork Board’s Plan of Work Task Force in 2009. He served as president of the South Dakota Pork Producers Association in 2009-10 and was on the board from 2001 to 2011. He also serves on the South Dakota Animal Industry Board.
Jan Archer of Goldsboro, NC – Immediate Past President
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.
Heather Hill of 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.
Deborah Ballance of 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.
Carl Link of Fort Recovery, OH
Carl Link of Fort Recovery, Ohio, oversees the management of pigs at Cooper Farms, a finish operation that markets 400,000 pigs annually. He also has oversight of the management of turkeys and egg layers at Cooper Farms. Nationally, Link is serving his first three-year term on the National Pork Board. Link also served as a Pork Act Delegate and is an Operation Main Street speaker. At the state level, he is a member of the Ohio Pork Producers Council Demand Enhancement Committee and has served on the board of directors. He is a member of the Ohio Farm Bureau, the National Turkey Federation, the United Egg Producers and the Ohio Turkey Marketing Board. Link represents the Ohio Pork Producers Council on the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s CAFO permitting program. He spent the last two years on the subcommittee developing the animal care standards for Ohio.
Gary Asay of 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.
Committee: Producer & State Services
Pat FitzSimmons of 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.
At the state level, 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.
Bill Tentinger of 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.
Scott Phillips of 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.
David Newman of Jonesboro, AR
David Newman is an associate professor of Animal Sciences at Arkansas State University where he teaches and conducts research Animal Science with an emphasis in Meat Science and Production.
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.
Alicia Pedemonti of 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.
Gene Noem of Ames, IA
Gene Noem serves as the Director of Organizational Development for Reicks View Farms in Iowa. Reicks View Farms is a family-owned farrow-to-finish operation that markets close to 500,000 hogs annually.
Noem serves on the Iowa Pork Producers Association (IPPA) board of directors and on the IPPA Swine Welfare Committee. He has served on the National Pork Board Producer Services and Communications Committee.
Michael Skahill of Smithfield, VA
Michael Skahill is the vice president of global affairs 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 Committee and on the trade committee for the North American Meat Institute. Skahill also served on the National Pork Board 2015-2020 Strategic Plan committee.