The National Pork Board has elected Gene Nemecheck, a swine veterinarian from Springdale, Arkansas, as its new President. The board also elected Everett Forkner, a pork producer from Richards, Missouri, vice president. Both will serve one-year terms beginning July 1.
Nemechek is a swine quality assurance veterinarian with the live swine division of the Tyson Pork Group. He is the pork board's current vice president and serves on the organization's Budget Committee, Resolutions Committee, Pork Safety Committee and Swine Health Committee. Previously, he served as president and vice president of the North Carolina Pork Council.
Forkner was nominated for a second three-year term on the board by Pork Act delegates and is awaiting the Secretary of Agriculture's appointment of the 2010 National Pork Board members. Forkner is the owner and president of Forkner Farms which has 500 purebred sows and markets 8,000 hogs per year. Nationally, Forkner is chair of the board's Budget Committee and serves on the board's Administrative Committee.