Jan Archer, a pork producer from Goldsboro, N.C., was elected as president of the National Pork Board at the organization’s June board meeting in Des Moines, Iowa. The National Pork Board is comprised of 15 farmer-directors representing America’s pig farmers.
“I want to thank my fellow board members for the confidence they are placing in me and I see much opportunity for our industry in the year ahead,” Archer said. “I have been involved in pork production for more than 40 years, and I have never seen a greater level of consumer interest in pig farming. I am proud of the work we do every day on our farms and look forward to sharing our stories of responsible animal production with packers, retail and foodservice customers and consumers.”
Archer and her husband Jack are owners of Archer Farms LLC. The sow farm markets 28,000 weaned pigs annually and raises corn, soybeans and hay. She also operates Archer Consulting, an enterprise that provides personnel training to the pork industry, including certification in Pork Quality Assurance Plus® (PQA Plus®), Youth PQA Plus® and Transport Quality Assurance® for producers and allied industry representatives.
Serving with Archer on the board as vice president is Terry O’Neel, a pork producer from Friend, Nebr. Steve Rommereim, a pork producer from Alcester, S.D., was named treasurer. Derrick Sleezer, a pork producer from Cherokee, Iowa, will serve as immediate past president. The four executive officers will serve one-year terms in their positions beginning July 1.
“We face many challenges, from the threat of emerging diseases to the responsible use of antibiotics,” Archer said. “But each issue can be managed from our platform supporting scientific research, producer education and pork promotion.”
Both Archer and O’Neel were confirmed to serve a second three-year term. Also appointed to the National Pork Board were Gene Noem Ames, Iowa; Alicia Pedemonti, Hopkinton, N.H.; and Michael Skahill, Williamsburg, Va.