Employee Spotlight Program

 IPPA values the hard work done by pig farmers and employees to provide nutritious protein to consumers. To highlight these dedicated employees, we have created the Employee Spotlight Program in partnership with Boehringer Ingelheim. 


Each month we are inviting farm owners or employers to nominate their on-farm employees that go above and beyond. Each employee chosen monthly will receive a grilling set, recognition on our social channels and Chop Talk, and be entered to win the grand prize selected in Pork Month, October 2022.

*Nominations are rolling




Employee of the Year

Dan Phillips


Illinois Pork Producers Association (IPPA) has selected the first ever Employee Spotlight of the Year, Dan Phillips. Dan and his wife, Nicole live near Eureka, IL with their son Riley (14). There they are involved in Cross Point Community Church and The Ardent Tiller 4-H group of Carlock. In his free time, he enjoys hunting and fishing with his son.


Dan is not a stranger to the pork industry. He grew up on a small pig farm, starting as a young boy doing chores with his dad. Later, in high school he helped a local farmer with cattle and pigs as well. After graduating from WIU with a degree in Animal Science, he once again was drawn back into the pork industry where he was hired on at Leman Farms Inc. For nearly 16 years, Dan has been essential in the day-to-day operation at Leman Farms as the Operations Manager. Not only does he oversee the wellbeing of approximately 8,400 pigs but he also manages the feed mill, corn storage and hauling, equipment maintained, and coordinate daily activities with hog production manager. It is his goal for everything to run smoothly and raise healthy pigs.


Dan said his job is most rewarding because he raises these pigs and sees the whole process. With his many years of experience, he has improved his system for producing a quality protein source. He takes pride in the work he does and enjoys educating others on what he does. He finds the biggest challenge to be sharing with other what the industry truly does and getting people to start their career in pork production. He wishes people knew there was more to it than working in the barn all day. That is what Dan enjoys most, the diversity in what he does each day.


Farm owner Chad Leman said, “We are very grateful for Dan's work ethic and diligence in helping us care for our pigs, raise crops, and grow our farm.”  Thank you, Dan for your 24/7 care and commitment!




January Employee of the Month

Frank Jenkins of Addieville

Frank has 41 years combined work experience with two different family farm hog operations. In 1980, he worked for a farrow to finish operation: Heggemeir Pork Farm for 21 years. November 1st, 2001, he started working for Maschhoff Pork Farm (MPF), the original 13,000 sow farm that started the company.

To this day, he is still very essential to daily care of sows and piglets at the Breed-to-Wean MPF Coastal Carolina 2,800 head sow farm. He is responsible for all areas of farrowing house production including but not limited to processing, day 1 care, weaning and power washing.

Nominator Rebecca Keal says, “He takes pride in the work that he does. He can figure out any challenge thrown his way. His peers love to be in his presence because of his great sense of humor. We are grateful for Frank's hard work ethic, dedication and to be a committed team member of the MPF pod. Thank you, Frank, for your many years of care on the sow farm!”

In his free time, he loves to spend time raising and selling purebred Dachshund dogs and puppies.


February Employee of the Month

Kyle Alexander Jr. of Elkhart



Congratulations to Kyle Alexander Jr. of Elkhart for being selected as the February Employee Spotlight.

Kyle has worked at Tri Pork Inc. for nearly 24 years.  From the beginning, Kyle has worked in all facets of the farm’s farrow-to-finish operations.  While here, his primary focus has been on caring for the farm’s growing and finishing pigs.  In addition, Kyle assists in training and helping new employees at the farm’s wean-to-finish location. 

“Kyle has exhibited sincere dedication to our farm and has been a team member for a long time,” says Thomas Titus with Tri Pork, Inc.  Titus continues, “As a family farm, Kyle not only has been a huge part in the success of our pig farm, but also has helped raise multiple generations at Tri Pork as well as Conrady Farms.”



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