New officers were elected to lead the National Pork Producers Council on Saturday. Don Butler, director of government relations and public affairs for Murphy-Brown LLC – the livestock production subsidiary of Smithfield Foods Incorporated, was elected president. Sam Carney, a pork producer from Adair, Iowa, was named president-elect. And Doug Wolf, a producer from Lancaster, Wisconsin, was named vice president. Each will serve one year terms.
NPPC CEO Neil Dierks said of the new president, Don Butler, - Don has been a strong leader in the U.S. pork industry and brings the unique perspective of a government relations-public affairs professional to dealing with the challenges our industry faces.
The president-elect, Sam Carney, is owner and operator of Carney Farms Inc., which he runs with his son Randy. For more than 20 years, Carney has served in various pork industry leadership positions, including as president of the Iowa Pork Producers Association.
Doug Wolf, the new NPPC vice president, is a partner in Wolf L & G Farms LLC, with his wife Kris and son Shannon. All three officers have served on the NPPC board of directors for the past three years.