NPPC hires director of state, national relations

Cody McKinley has been hired by the National Pork Producers Council as director of State and National Relations, the primary point of contact for state pork organizations with the NPPC.

McKinley will assist and support program staff at the state and national level in conducting work on behalf of pork producers and the U.S. pork industry, facilitate state-oriented planning and programing in conjunction with the National Pork Board and staff NPPC’s organizational development activities with the NPPC Nominating Committee as well as other committee support as assigned.

He currently is public-policy director for the Iowa Pork Producers Association, where he also served as producer outreach director. McKinley was an international trade intern in the NPPC’s Washington, D.C., office.

“Cody will be a great addition to the NPPC team,” NPPC CEO Neil Dierks says. “His knowledge of the public-policy process, work with producers and familiarity with state pork organizations make him a good fit for this important position.”

McKinley, who begins his duties with the NPPC Nov. 2 and who will report to Dierks, grew up in eastern Iowa on a crop and livestock farm, which his brother and father operate. He received a bachelor’s degree in agricultural business with an emphasis in agricultural economics from Iowa State University.

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