Dustin Baker has been hired as manager of production issues for the National Pork Producers Council, covering such matters as the farm bill, marketing and pork economics. Baker, who begins his duties today, is in the NPPC’s Washington, D.C., office, reporting to Nick Giordano, NPPC’s vice president and counsel for global government affairs.
Baker comes to the NPPC from the National Milk Producers Federation, where he served as an economic analyst and coordinator of the NMPF’s Young Cooperator program. Prior to that, he was a research assistant with Woodward Risk Management Consulting in Ithaca, N.Y. He also completed internships with Newedge Group, a Chicago brokerage firm; with the U.S. Senate, where he was a legislative intern; and with Great Lakes Cattle Marketing in St. Louis, Mich.
“Dustin brings experience in economic analysis and financial risk management as well as knowledge of the legislative process,” says NPPC President Ron Prestage, a veterinarian and pork producer from Camden, S.C. “I know he’ll be a great asset to our domestic public-policy team.”
The Michigan native comes from a livestock family, and he served as state president of the Michigan Future Farmers of America Association. Baker earned a bachelor’s degree in agribusiness management from Michigan State University and a master’s degree in applied economics and management from Cornell University.
Baker joins the NPPC’s D.C. policy team, which includes, in addition to Giordano, Cara Cramer, manager of communications; Michael Formica, assistant vice president, domestic policy and counsel; Courtney Knupp, deputy director of international trade policy, sanitary and technical issues; Dan Kovich, assistant director of science and technology; Kelly Randall, director of administration; Liz Wagstrom, chief veterinarian; Dave Warner, director of communications; Mykel Wedig, manager of congressional relations; and Maria Zieba, manager of international affairs.