MANKATO, MINN. — The Minnesota Pork Producers Association (MPPA) announced its new chief executive officer, Jill Resler, effective immediately.

“After a national, farmer-led search process, we’re excited to announce Jill Resler as our next CEO,” said John Anderson, MPPA president. “Jill has demonstrated a passion for the pork industry, skilled leadership as a visionary and has unmatched organizational skills. She is deeply respected by Minnesota pig farmers and partners inside and out of the pork industry. Jill has the leadership, foresight, integrity and work ethic to be successful as our next CEO.”

Proceeding 28-year CEO David Preisler, Resler is taking up the position after a 13-year tenure with MPPA. Most recently, she served as chief operating officer and interim CEO. Resler joined the MPPA staff as director of producer outreach in May 2009, working closely with pig farmers and industry stakeholders leading grassroots engagement. She also served as director of education where she led efforts to develop the pork industry’s critical human capital.

Resler was raised on a farm in Southwest Minnesota, where she still actively farms with her family on their row crop and cattle farm. She is a 2009 graduate of South Dakota State University with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural communications, education and leadership. Currently, Resler lives with her husband and three daughters on their livestock and row crop farm in Owatonna, Minn.

“It is a privilege and an honor to have been chosen as the next CEO of the Minnesota Pork Board and Minnesota Pork Producers Association,” Resler said. “As CEO, I look forward to working alongside a talented and dedicated team and exceptional producer leaders to move our industry forward. I have spent my career listening to, understanding and advocating for farmers. I look forward to deepening relationships with our farmers and continuing to build collaborative partnerships while investing in and developing the next generation.”