A 50-plus-year veteran in the pork industry is the recipient of the 2019 Distinguished Service Award from the Illinois Pork Producers Association. A devoted volunteer and friend of agriculture, Jeff Galle of Pittsfield has been involved in all aspects of the industry at the local, state and national level.
Galle was first heavily involved with the Henry County Pork Producers, under the guidance of his father, who was president of the organization at the time. He later became president of the Pike County Pork Producers. This involvement led Galle to his role as District 9 director for IPPA and working up the officer ranks to become the president of the organization from 2000-2001.
Galle was a delegate for several years at the American Pork Congress, now known as Pork Industry Forum. He later ran for a position on the National Pork Board where he was appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture in 2006 and served through 2009. He is currently a member of the Industry Services and Production Tech Committees for IPPA and is a member of the Swine Extension and Educators group for the National Pork Board.
A dedicated faculty member at John Wood Community College, Galled started working there in 1980 as the facilitator/herdsman for the newly established JWCC Swine Confinement training program near Perry. Upon his retirement in 2010, the College presented Galle the honor of professor emeritus. He continues to teach at JWCC part-time as an associate faculty member. Additionally, he has served his community by being involved with the Extension Council, 4-H Livestock Sale committee, and regularly judging 4-H and FFA record books, proficiency awards and master showmanship contests.
Since his retirement from John Wood Community College, Galle has established his current company, Global Pork Production Enterprises, Ltd. He lives in Pittsfield with his wife Pat, where he continues to be a leader and a voice for pork producers in Illinois.
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