Columbia, Mo.,—Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns has appointed Everett Forkner of Richards, Mo. to serve a three-year term on the 15-member National Pork Board. Forkner will begin his term on July 1. He and four other pork producers from across the U.S. were chosen from among eight pork producers nominated and ranked by the National Pork Act Delegate Body during its annual meeting in March.
“I am proud to be appointed to the National Pork Board,” stated Forkner. “The Pork Checkoff must always be aimed at improving the bottom line and the profitability of all producers across the United States. I look forward to working with my fellow pork producers to be sure this happens.”
Everett is the owner and president of Forkner Farms Inc.—it is a family business involving his wife Ruby, two sons, and one son-in-law. Forkner Farms has a grain farming base of 2,000 acres, a swine breeding business operating as TRULINE Genetics, and a premium pork production and marketing business knows as Truline Premium Pork.
Nationally, Forkner is chair of the Animal Science Committee and serves on the Niche Marketing Committee for the National Pork Board. At the state level, Everett has served as a leader for the Missouri Pork Association in various roles including being a regional director and is chair of the education and research committee.
Everett is nationally and internationally known for excellent seedstock. He is a former recipient of the Missouri Pork Association’s Master Seedstock Producer Award. Forkner has received the Citation of Merit Award from the Ag Alumni Association and the University of Missouri Outstanding Alumni Award, and has been honored by the Kansas City Chamber of Commerce and the American Royal. He has provided livestock judging classes for 20 years at the American Royal, and has hosted numerous international visitors and student tour groups.
The Missouri Pork Association represents the state’s pork producers in the areas of promotion, research, education and legislation. For more information about this or other programs of the Missouri Pork Association, go to www.mopork.com, or call the Missouri Pork Association office at (573) 445-8375.