Earl Dotson has ridden the tumultuous roller coaster of American agriculture and the U.S. swine industry throughout his career — from high school ag teacher to adult farm management instructor to working with producers through environmental and animal welfare evaluations.
Dotson brought his education background to the National Pork Producers Council, and helped start the Pork Academy at World Pork Expo.
During the 1990s, the U.S. livestock industry was taking the brunt of regulations in the name of environmental protection, and Dotson was named the NPPC vice president of education, environment and research. “I inherited all the environmental problems people had,” he says.
As a result of the pressure to improve the environment, the NPPC organized the On-Farm Assessment and Environmental Review, a program that went on farms to do environmental assessments. Further down the line, the NPPC thought it wise to create a private company to handle the environmental assessments. Environmental Management Solutions was formed with Dotson as the CEO.
Environmental concerns grew into animal welfare concerns, and EMS became Validus to perform animal welfare audits of livestock facilities. Dotson has been there every step of the way, and continues to be involved with the current incarnation now known as K-Coe Isom.