Producer Video Series

In lieu of the in-person event, IPPA will be hosting a four-week producer focused video series during the month of February. Each week a video will be released via e-blast and live on this page for you to watch at your convenience. We hope that you find value in this video series as we adapt to the changing climate and are unable to see you in-person.

 

WEEK ONE: LAUNCHES FEBRUARY 3

NATIONAL PORK BOARD UPDATES REGARDING AGVIEW & ANIMAL HEALTH

 

Bill Even, is the Chief Executive Officer for the National Pork Board based in Des Moines, IA where he has responsibility for leading Checkoff-funded research, promotion and education projects on behalf of the nation’s 60,000 pork producers.

 

Prior to his employment with the National Pork Board, Bill served as the Global Industry Relations Lead and Commercial Unit Lead for DuPont Pioneer. Bill has also previously served as South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture from 2007 to 2010, Deputy Secretary of Tourism and State Development, Director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, State Energy Policy Director, and Policy Advisor for Governor Mike Rounds.

 

Bill holds a degree in Agricultural Production from Lake Area Technical Institute, a B.S. in Agricultural Business from South Dakota State University; and a Juris Doctorate from Drake University Law School.

 

Bill and his family own and operate a diversified crop and livestock farm near Humboldt, South Dakota. The farm was homesteaded in 1883 by his great-grandfather and Bill began farming in 1983.  Bill and his wife, Janell, have three children and live in Adel, Iowa.

 

Dr. Dave Pyburn is the National Pork Board’s Chief Veterinarian. He is responsible for assisting with the development and coordination of programs, research and producer information related to food safety, swine health, production, animal welfare, and environment. His duties include representing the U.S. pork industry to domestic and international audiences, dealing with technical issues that could influence U.S. pork consumption or international trade, and program strategy for pork safety, quality and nutrition, and animal welfare program areas.  

 

Dr. Pyburn joined the National Pork Board in December 2013. Previously, he was the Senior Staff Veterinary Medical Officer for the USDA APHIS Veterinary Services Swine Health Programs from 2000 to 2013. From 1997 to 2000 he was Director of Veterinary Science for the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC). Prior to the NPPC position, he spent three years in private veterinary practice in Iowa.

 

Dr. Pyburn attended Drake University where he earned his bachelor’s degree. He completed his veterinary medicine curriculum at Iowa State University.  

 

Dr. Pyburn is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Association of Swine Veterinarians, the Iowa Veterinary Medical Association and the International Commission on Trichinellosis. He is also a member of the Phi Zeta, Phi Kappa Phi and Phi Beta Kappa honor societies.

 

Dave, his wife Kristi, and their three sons live in Ankeny, Iowa.

 

 

 



WEEK TWO: LAUNCHES ON FEBRUARY 10

INS AND OUTS OF BARN MAINTENANCE – BEST PRACTICES TO MAKE YOUR JOB EASIER

Since Steve Matthis’ first job as an Agricultural Teacher at Brevard High School, his passion has been agriculture and education. Steve believes in formal education earning a Batchelor of Arts Degree, Master’s Degree and Doctor of Education degree from NC State University in Agricultural Education and Animal Science. However, his true love is “hands on” experience which he received when he was the owner, manager and operator of an independent hog farm for 14 years. His 21 years of experience teaching Animal Science at Sampson Community College involved both formal education and “hands on” learning.

 

At present, Steve is a consultant and has the title of Training Director at Prestage Farms Inc. which is a 100,000 sow farming operation in seven states.

 

All the way from growing up on a hog farm in Eastern North Carolina, to teaching Prestage employees the latest trends in hog farming, every aspect of Steve’s life has been centered around agriculture and primarily swine production.

 

 

 

 

WEEK THREE: LAUNCHES ON FEBRUARY 17

COMMODITY & INGREDIENT HEDGING (CIH) MARKET UPDATE

 

As a manager on the education and research team for CIH, Dustin Baker helps market participants gain a better understanding of agricultural margin management concepts and strategies. He also contributes to CIH publications focused on risk management for agriculture producers and buyers. Dustin grew up on a livestock farm in mid-Michigan. Prior to joining CIH, he spent five years in Washington, DC working for agricultural trade associations representing the dairy and pork industries. He holds a BS in Agribusiness Management from Michigan State University and a MS in Applied Economics and Management from Cornell University.

 

 

 

 

WEEK FOUR: LAUNCHES ON FEBRUARY 24

IPPA/SIP MEMBER ONLY POLITICAL DISCUSSION

 

HOW WILL THE BIDEN ADMINISTRATION IMPACT THE PORK INDUSTRY AND CURRENT POLITICAL ENVIRONMENT?

 

*Video link will be sent privately for SIP/NPPC members through an e-blast on February 24th.