JBS United has announced Dr. David H. Baker as the 2012 John B. Swisher Leadership Award winner. Baker’s family accepted the posthumous award in his honor at the World Pork Expo in Des Moines, Iowa.

The award is presented to an individual who exemplifies extraordinary leadership qualities and who has made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of the swine industry.

Baker provided over 40 years of contributions to the animal and human nutrition industry. His work has helped improve the quality of livestock feed, led to the production of chemically defined diets for use in animal research studies and increased the understanding of diseases caused by vitamin and mineral deficiencies. With 451 peer-reviewed publications, six major awards from the American Society of Animal Science and five from the Poultry Science Association, Baker’s lifelong commitment has fundamentally advanced the scientific community in the fields of animal nutrition.