Rasmussen to lead Iowa Pork Producers Association

IPPA selects board members for 2022.

January 31, 2022

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A Humboldt County pig farmer, Kevin Rasmussen, is the new president of the Iowa Pork Producers Association. The change in leadership followed the IPPA annual meeting on Jan. 25. Rasmussen, who had served as president-elect in 2021, replaces Dennis Liljedahl of Essex. Liljedahl now holds the past president position on the IPPA Board of Directors. Both Rasmussen and Liljedahl will serve one-year terms in their new roles. 
Rasmussen has been a member of the IPPA Board of Directors since 2018, when he was elected by pig farmers in his area to represent them as the District 2 director. He became a member of the executive committee in 2019. He has served on several IPPA committees and has been chairman of two – the public relations and public policy committees. 

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The Rasmussen family farm, Owl Lake Production Company near Goldfield, is operated by Kevin, his wife Lisa, and son, Joel. They finish 8,000 hogs per year and grow about 1,100 acres of corn and soybeans using conservation measures such as strip-till. Kevin and Lisa have two other children, and four grandchildren. 
Other changes on the IPPA board include:

  • Selecting a new president-elect, who is Trish Cook of Winthrop. She formerly was the Northeast Region director on the board. An interim director for that position will be appointed by the board at their March meeting. 

  • Linda Schroeder, Remsen, is the new District 1 director. She replaces Dwight Mogler, Alvord, whose board term had expired. 

  • Rod Leman, Fort Dodge is the new District 2 director. He had previously served in a stakeholder role on the board and is now filling a position that Gregg Hora, also of Fort Dodge had held as an interim director.

  • Dean Frazer, Conrad, is the new District 3 director. He was elected by those in his district to fill the position formerly held by Lowell Busch.

  • The District 4 position will be held by Clark Wikner, McGregor. He replaces retiring board member Jim Hogan of Monticello.

  • Ryan Pudenz of Ames was re-elected to his position as the District 6 director. He was also elected to the board's executive committee as the vice president of resources.

  • Doug Gruver, Sully, is the new District 7 director. He replaces Patrick Gannon of Colfax, who chose to retire from the board.

  • Matt Gent, Wellman, was elected to his second term as the District 8 director on the board. He will continue to serve on the board's executive committee as vice president of market development.

  • Jeff Johnson, Dunkerton, was re-elected to the allied position role. 

  • Darin Madson, DVM, Maxwell, was elected by the board to fill a stakeholder position. 

  • Aaron Juergens, Carroll, who serves as the Southwest Region director, was elected to the board's executive committee as vice president of operations. 

  • Marv Van Den Top of Boyden, who serves as the Northwest Region director, was elected to the board's executive committee as vice president of producer services. 

The board oversees leadership and direction for all IPPA Pork Checkoff programs, public policy and general direction of the organization. 
Source: Iowa Pork Producers Association, which is solely responsible for the information provided, and wholly owns the information. Informa Business Media and all its subsidiaries are not responsible for any of the content contained in this information asset. The opinions of this writer are not necessarily those of Farm Progress/Informa.

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