S.D. Pork Producers Council announces its 2013 award recipients

Farm Forum

SIOUX FALLS — The South Dakota Pork Producers Council (SDPPC) recognized several outstanding individuals, organizations and businesses for their dedication to the pork industry on Jan. 8 during their Annual Pork Congress at the Sioux Falls Ramkota Hotel & Exhibit Hall.

Mary Duvall of Pierre received the Dedicated and Distinguished Service award for 2013, for her years of service and dedication to the pork industry. Duvall graduated from South Dakota State University with a degree in agribusiness, and has worked on agricultural policy issues for over 30 years. She provided legislative support for the SD Pork Producers Council for much of that time, working closely with the SDPPC lobbyist, staff, and board during the South Dakota Legislative Session. She was elected to the SD House of Representatives last year, and took the oath of office in January, 2013. She is a graduate of the SD Ag & Rural Leadership program, as a member of Class II.

Mike Lens of Brandon received the Dedicated and Distinguished Service award for 2013, for his years of service and dedication to the pork industry. Mike Lens started his career in supporting pork production 38 years ago. Mike and his father got started in the pig business in the late 70’s with a 500 sow farrow to finish pig operation. They farmed together in SW Minnesota until the mid-80’s. Mike then worked for Cenex Harvest States for 17 years in their swine research farm, feed mill management, and swine system production manager. For the last 13 years he has been with Land O’Lakes / Purina Animal Nutrition as a swine sales consultant working with swine producers in central and eastern South Dakota and SW Minnesota.

Walt Bones was honored with the 2013 Friends of the Industry Award. He received this award for his outstanding support to the pork industry and his involvement in the community.

KWAT Ag Director, Chuck Langner received the 2013 Media Award for his outstanding media coverage of the pork industry news and events in South Dakota.

Each year the South Dakota Pork Producers Council (SDPPC) recognizes restaurant owners and managers for their efforts in preparing and promoting quality pork products. This year 1381 Grille of Arlington received the Restaurant of the Year Award, during the 45th Annual Pork Congress Awards Luncheon at the Sioux Falls Ramkota.

The 1481 Grille opened in 2007 and is owned by Jason and Shelly Parker. The restaurant is named after the two famous highways it is located on, US Highway 14 and US Highway 81, on the edge of Arlington, SD. The 1481 Grille features several pork items on the menu as well as weekly features and catering options. A few of the selections include Bourbon Pork loin, Home Smoked ribs, pulled pork, bone in pork chops, honey-roasted ham, pork belly and many more. In 2013 the 1481 Grille smoked 3,000 pounds of pork butts (most of which Shelly seasoned, smoked and pulled all by herself!), 7,000 pounds of St. Louis Style Ribs and served over 3000 pounds of pork loin and hams.

The South Dakota Pork Producers Council awarded both Samantha Jensen of Mobridge and Brent Krause of Clear Lake each with a $1,000 scholarship.

The South Dakota Youth Pork Ambassador Program is designed to provide youth with an opportunity to become actively involved in the pork industry. The program helps youth develop strong relationships with both pork producers and allied industry members. It is an opportunity to learn about pork production and the industry and to improve communication and leadership skills. The main goal of the Youth Pork Ambassador program is to promote the South Dakota Pork Producers Council and the swine industry at various events. The successful candidate will gain valuable experience and develop relationships that will last a lifetime.

Jensen is the daughter of Patty Jensen. She currently attends South Dakota State University (SDSU) in Brookings, SD, majoring in Animal Science – Business and Production with a minor in Agricultural Business.

Krause is the son of Laron and Jolene Krause. He currently attends South Dakota State University in Brookings and is majoring in Agricultural System Technologies and Agronomy.