ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Delegates to the National Pork Producers Council today elected new officers and members of the board of directors at the organization's annual business meeting held here.

Taking over as president of the organization is Jill Appell, co-owner of Appell's Pork Farms of Altona, Ill.; Bryan Black of Ned Black & Sons farm in Canal Winchester, Ohio, is president-elect; and Don Butler, director government relations and public affairs with Murphy-Brown LLC, the livestock-production subsidiary of Smithfield Foods Inc., was elected vice president. Each was elected for a one-year term.

Elected to the board for three-year terms in the producer category were: Kathy Chinn, who, along with her husband, owns and operates Chinn Hog Farm Inc. near Clarence, Mo.; R.C. Hunt, owner and manager of Andrews Hunt Farms LLC in Wilson, N.C.; Larry Liepold, owner-operator of a 120-sow farrow-to-finish operation near Okabena, Minn.; and Randy Spronk, managing partner of Spronk Brothers III LLP and Ranger Farms LLP in Edgerton, Minn. Todd Neff, vice president of pork pricing with Tyson Fresh Meats, was elected to the board for a two-year term, representing the NPPC Packer Processor Industry Council, on which he has served for the past four years.

Elected to serve for a one year on the NPPC Nominating Committee, which evaluates candidates for the board of directors, were: Todd Stickley, director of pork finishing and development with Kalmbach Swine Management in Upper Sandusky, Ohio; and Todd Wiley, co-owner and managing partner of Interstate Swine LLC near Walker, Iowa.

"We have excellent leadership in Jill, Bryan and Don and have added some quality, dedicated industry representatives to the board of directors," said NPPC CEO Neil Dierks. "I know all of them will work tirelessly for America's pork producers."

Continuing as NPPC board members are: Sam Carney, Adair, Iowa; Bob Dykhuis, Holland, Mich.; Rick Rehmeier, Augusta, Mo.; Terry Vanlaningham, Warsaw, Ind.; and Doug Wolf, Lancaster, Wis. Quentin Bottorff, with Phibro Animal Health, continues as the Allied Industry Council representative. Joy Philippi will serve on the board as immediate past president.

NPPC is the global voice of the U.S. pork industry, fighting for reasonable legislation and regulations, developing new markets and protecting the livelihoods of America's pork producers.

SOURCE: NPPC news release.