Wayne Peugh Elected President of the National Pork Board

The National Pork Board has elected Wayne Peugh, a pork producer from Edelstein, Ill., as its new president. He succeeds Danita Rodibaugh, an Indiana producer who remains on the board. Board members also elected Lynn Harrison, a producer from Elk Mound, Wis., vice president. Both will serve one year terms.

Peugh is an Illinois native and a graduate of the University of Illinois in agricultural economics. He began farming in Whiteside County in 1969 and moved to Peoria County in 1974. Peugh, and his wife, Edith, own and manage a farrow-to-finish operation with 3,000 sows. Leading Edge Pork LLC/Peugh Farms markets 60,000 hogs per year. They also raise corn and soybeans on 1,800 acres.

"We'll have a big agenda in the next 12 months," Peugh said. "We will be launching our new Pork Quality Assurance (PQA) Plus program to deliver on our animal care and well-being solution. We will be building on our tremendous success in export markets. We'll continue our ground-breaking work to assure pork safety. We'll continue our support of environmental stewardship. And we'll always be looking for ways we can maximize the value of the Pork Checkoff for all producers."

National Pork Board, July 28, 2006