Dale Weitekamp has been on the IPPA board since 2015 and has served in all officer positions. He has also been on the State Fair, Production Tech/Research, Industry Services and Marketing committees. He was a member of the Mid-Illinois Pork Association where he has held all the officer positions in that organizations, as well. He and his brother, Allan, are part of a fifth-generation centennial farming family. Along with row crop the farm currently contract finishes 22,000 head in wean to finish buildings. They also are partners in a 6,400 head breed to wean sow herd.
Dale and his wife, Kim, have three children, Sarah, Sam and Anne. The Weitekamps were awarded The Family of the Year award in 2007. Dale is an EMT with the Raymond- Harvel Ambulance Service, a member of Saint Raymond Catholic Church and Knights of Columbus, and previously served as Scout Master for Troop 77 in Raymond for six years.
Since joining the IPPA board, Dale has seen the importance of engaging with the public and government in order to solve problems. One of IPPA’s main functions is to facilitate that two way exchange of ideas between producers, the government, allied industry and the public in order to create and implement workable solutions for its members. Establishing relationships, even with those we may not agree with, are vital for a healthy industry. IPPA membership gives those who are willing to learn about and to act on issues important to pig farmers a space to be heard.
Dale believes promoting the safe, affordable, and healthy attributes of pork while at the same time showing consumers that we can do so in a way that protects the environment, is key to the success of our generation of pig farmers and will allow us to pass this farming tradition on to the next.