The National Pork Producers Council has named Ashley Johnson as its new director of food policy, focusing on in-plant and post-harvest issues. She began her duties Monday, working out of the Washington, D.C., public-policy office, and reporting to NPPC Science and Technology Legal Counsel Andrew Bailey.
Johnson comes to NPPC from Zoetis, where she was a technical service veterinarian for more than five years. Among many duties, she worked with the animal health company’s public affairs department to disseminate information to its pork team and customers on legislation and regulatory actions that could affect the pork industry.
Prior to that, Johnson was staff veterinarian for PFFJ (Pigs for Farmer John), where she was responsible for supporting herd health programs for the farrow-to-finish system, which had 60,000 sows in four states. (While she was there, PFFJ was owned by Hormel Foods, then sold to Smithfield Foods.) Additionally, Johnson had externships with Murphy-Brown, the swine production subsidiary of Smithfield Foods, and with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Johnson earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinarian Medicine and a bachelor's degree in animal and veterinarian science from Clemson University. She did post-doctoral work with the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine, where she served as porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome area regional control coordinator for Johnston and Moore counties in North Carolina.
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