Steve Rommereim
Steve Rommereim

National Pork Board elects executive officers

South Dakota pig farmer to lead the Pork Checkoff.

Steve Rommereim, a pork producer from Alcester, S.D., was elected president of the National Pork Board at the organization’s June board meeting in Des Moines, Iowa. The National Pork Board’s 15 farmer-directors represent America’s pig farmers.

“This is an exciting time to raise pigs, and I am honored to be elected to serve America’s pig farmers,” Rommereim says. “A decade ago, the We Care initiative was introduced during World Pork Expo to allow producers to demonstrate the care they take every day on their farms. Today, We Care continues to show pig farmers’ focus on doing what’s best for people, pigs and the planet. I look forward to continuing the great work already under way through many Pork Checkoff efforts.”

Rommereim is the owner, manager and operator of Highland Swine, which markets 10,000 pigs annually. He also grows corn and soybeans, and has a cow-calf operation.

Serving with Rommereim on Pork Checkoff’s executive officer team are David Newman, a pork producer from Jonesboro, Ark., as vice president and Mike Skahill, from Williamsburg, Va., as treasurer. Terry O’Neel, a pork producer from Friend, Neb., will serve as immediate past president. The four executive officers will serve one-year terms in their positions effective at the close of the June board meeting.

“In the year ahead, the Pork Checkoff will focus on driving consumer demand through sustainability,” Rommereim says. “We will do this through programs that build the Secure Pork Supply plan and work to move fresh pork domestically and to market U.S. pork beyond our borders.”

In March, Rommereim was elected to serve a second term on the NPB. He served as the 2017-18 vice president and interim treasurer. During his tenure on the NPB, he has served on numerous committees. The Operation Main Street speaker has served as a South Dakota delegate to the Pork Industry Forum since 2003. Rommereim was on the NPB’s Plan of Work Task Force in 2009. He is past president of the South Dakota Pork Producers Association, serving on its board 2001-11. He also is past president of Agriculture United for South Dakota and serves on the South Dakota Animal Industry Board.

Newman owns and operates a farrow-to-finish Berkshire farm near Myrtle, Mo., that markets pork directly to consumers throughout the United States. Newman is also an associate professor of Animal Sciences at Arkansas State University where he teaches and conducts research, with an emphasis in meat science.

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.

Skahill is a vice president 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 NPB Trade Committee, the U.S. Meat Export Federation Pork and Allied Industries Committee and chairs the trade committee for the North American Meat Institute. Skahill also served on the NPB 2015-2020 Strategic Plan committee.

O’Neel, was elected to his second board term in 2016, most recently serving as president of the board. He served as the 2016-17 vice president and as the 2015-16 treasurer. O’Neel also served on the Domestic Marketing, Producer Services and Pork Quality, Safety and Human Nutrition committees. He has hosted farm tours for the Alliance for the Future of Agriculture in Nebraska, the International Water for Food Project and various service, student and youth groups. He served as president of the Nebraska Pork Producers Board in 2007.

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