Pork group elects Lake Preston, SD, man as its president

South Dakota Pork Producers Council
Farm Forum

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The South Dakota Pork Producers Council has elected Shane Odegaard, a pork producer from Lake Preston, S.D., to serve as president.

“I am honored to have been selected to be the SD Pork Producers president for 2021,” Odegaard said. “Our hog industry is growing in the state which is enabling many of our young people to come back to the farm. My hope is that we grow our hog industry responsibly and with respect for our neighbors.

“I ask each of you to share your story with others so that we can all understand modern pork production,” he continued. “Our staff at the office is exceptional and if you have any questions, please call the office and they are more than willing to answer your questions.”

The board also elected Adam Krause of Clear Lake, S.D., as first vice president; and Greg Feenstra of Huron, S.D., as second vice president. Also, Brent Greenway of Mitchell, S.D.; Greg Feenstra of Huron; and Ashley Gelderman of Hartford, S.D., were re-elected to serve a second three-year term to serve on the South Dakota Pork Producers Council Executive Board.

The South Dakota Pork Producers Councils Mission Statement states that the South Dakota Pork Producers Council is a unified and engaged advocate that promotes, with integrity, the image and growth of the South Dakota pork industry through education, research, marketing and responsible policy.

Their vision statement said that the South Dakota Pork Producers Council is a respected leader advocating for sustainable, responsible growth of the South Dakota pork industry that benefits producers, consumers, and communities.

The pork industry has also put together an industry pledge for their producers, according to a news release, and it is the “we care ethical principles.” The recent adoption of a statement of ethical principles calls attention to producers’ commitment to responsible practices. With this statement, U.S. pork producers affirm an obligation to:

  • Produce safe food.
  • Protect and promote animal well-being.
  • Ensure practices to protect public health.
  • Safeguard natural resources in all of our practices.
  • Provide a work environment that is safe and consistent with our other ethical principles.
  • Contribute to a better quality of life in our communities.

For nutritional information and pork recipes or for information about modern pork production, visit www.sdpork.org.