The Pork Checkoff honors Dr. William Luce of Stillwater, Oklahoma, as the winner of its Distinguished Service Award. Luce was recognized at the National Pork Industry Forum in Orlando, Fla., held March 3-5, 2005.

"Luce's dedication and commitment to pork producers is very apparent. The programs he developed and the research he has conducted have had national impact," said Dave Culbertson, a pork producer from Geneseo, Ill., and president of the National Pork Board.

Dr. Luce served as an Extension Swine Specialist for over 30 years at Oklahoma State University, retiring with the rank of Regents Professor. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from the University of Kentucky and Master of Science and Ph.D. degrees in Animal Science and Animal Nutrition from the University of Nebraska. After retirement from the university, Dr. Luce continued working with pork producers as Coordinator of Educational Programs for the Oklahoma Pork Council.

Under Luce's direction the Oklahoma Pork Congress and Trade Show attracted national participation. He was instrumental in establishing a validated pseudorabies-free swine-health program and a statewide specific-pathogen-free (SPF) program. Much of the credit for Oklahoma achieving the status of hog-cholera free also can be directed to Dr. Luce.

Source: Association Release