WASHINGTON, DC – The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) elected new officers and board members at the organization's annual National Pork Industry Forum, held in Denver March 1-3.

R.C. Hunt, a producer from Wilson, NC, was elected NPPC president. Randy Spronk, a producer from Edgerton, Minn., is president-elect; Dr. Howard Hill, a producer and veterinarian from Cambridge, Iowa, was elected vice president. Each will serve a one-year term.

Re-elected to the board for three-year terms in the producer category were Hill; James Heimerl, Johnstown, Ohio; Bill Kessler, Mexico, Mo.; and E. Ray Summerlin, Dunn, NC.

“We have excellent leadership in R.C., Randy and Howard and quality, dedicated industry representatives in the new board members who were elected,” said Neil Dierks, NPPC chief executive officer. “I know that all of them will work diligently and tirelessly on behalf of America’s pork producers.”

Producers Dave Moody, from Nevada, Iowa, and Kraig Westerbeek, from Warsaw, NC, were elected for two-year terms to NPPC’s Nominating Committee, according to NPPC. Nominating Committee reviews the credentials of candidates for the organization’s board of directors.