2018 Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Gregg Hora
President
Fort Dodge

Gregg has a hog and crop farm in Webster County. He finishes 27,000 hogs per year and farms nearly 2,000 acres of corn and soybeans.  A long-time member of the Webster County Pork Producers, Gregg served as president for six years. He has been active on the county grilling and media team and participated in many pork promotions. Hora has been active as a volunteer at the Iowa Pork Tent at the Iowa State Fair.


Trent Thiele
President-elect
District 3 Director
Elma

Thiele is a partner in KMAX Farms, LLC, near Elma with IPPA Past-president Max Schmitt in Howard County. He manages 19 KMAX finishing barns in a wean-to-finish hog business that markets 60,000 head a year. He also helps with Schmidt’s 3,500 acres of corn and soybeans, but also has his own 80 acres of corn and soybeans and 100-head cow herd near Elma. The Crestwood High School graduate is a member of the Chickasaw County Pork Producers and Iowa Farm Bureau. Trent’s active at the county fair with grillings and pork promotion activities and helps with hog show weigh-ins.


Curtis Meier
Past President
Clarinda

Meier completed his second term as president of the Iowa Pork Producers Association in January 2018. He first held the position in 2003 and is believed to be the first two-time president of the association. Curtis and his wife, Brenda, along with their son and son-in-law, have a diversified farming enterprise. The family has a 160-sow farrow-to-finish swine business, 1,100-head of beef cattle and 3,000 acres of corn and soybeans.


Mike Paustian
VP of Producer Services
SE Region Director
Walcott

The eastern Iowa producer has a farrow-to-finish hog business near Walcott and markets 22,000 head annually. Paustian Enterprises also has 2,400 acres of corn and soybeans. Mike attended Iowa State University, majoring in microbiology. He received a Ph.D from the University of Minnesota. Paustian has served as a delegate to the IPPA Annual Meeting. He also is active in the Iowa Farm Bureau and the Iowa Corn Growers Association.


Ken Ries
VP of Market Development
NE Region Director
Ryan

Ken farms near Ryan with his wife, Karen, and son Matt. The Ries family has a swine finishing business that produces 6,000 head a year. The family also has 1,600 acres of corn and soybeans and Ken, along with his son, Chris, operate Ries Ag Marketing, a grain and livestock marketing company. Ries is past president of the Delaware County Pork Producers Board of Directors. He is a member of the corn and soybean associations. Ken graduated from Mt. Mercy College with a degree in business administration.


Dennis Liljedahl
VP of Operations
District 5 Director
Essex

Dennis annually raises 2,500 to 3,000 hogs in a farrow-to-finish business near Essex in Page County. He also raises 2,500 acres of corn and soybeans. He was instrumental in re-organizing the Page County Pork Producers and he has served continuously on the board, holding all offices. Dennis supports the Page County Fair by serving as assistant swine superintendent. Liljedahl has been honored with the Page County Hog Wild Award and he was named a Master Pork Producer by IPPA in 1994. Dennis is a member of the Iowa Corn Growers and Iowa Soybean associations and the Iowa Farm Bureau. Liljedahl graduated from Iowa State University with a bachelor’s degree in animal science.


Marv Van Den Top
VP of Research
NW Region Director
Boyden

Van Den Top owns Top Five, Inc., and raises 27,000 hogs a year in his swine finishing business near Boyden in Sioux County. Four hundred acres of corn and soybeans round out his farming enterprise. Marv is a member of the Sioux County Pork Producers Board of Directors. He is a 2014-15 graduate of the Pork Leadership Institute. His community involvement includes service to the Rock Valley Rural Water Board. Van Den Top studied business at Western Iowa Tech Community College in Sioux City.


Gene Noem
National Pork Board Director
Ames

Noem has worked in the swine industry his entire life.  Today, he finishes hogs at KD Feeders, a 10,000-head finishing complex in Wright County. Gene is a member of the Story County Pork Producers and has been a member of the IPPA Swine Health Committee. On a national level, he’s served on committees at the National Pork Producers Council and the National Pork Board. Noem is a graduate of South Dakota State University with a degree in animal science.​


Bill Tentinger
National Pork Board Director
Le Mars

Tentinger is a past president of the Iowa Pork Producers Association. He has farmed and raised hogs near Le Mars in Plymouth County for nearly 50 years. He and his wife, Joan, run a farrow-to-finish business and have 350 sows that produce 7,200 pigs each year. They also purchase an additional 3,000 iso-wean pigs that are finished, increasing their total number of hogs marketed annually to 10,000. He feeds pigs from his corn and soybeans acres. Bill is a member of the Plymouth County Pork Producers, the Iowa Soybean Association, American Soybean Association, Iowa Corn Growers and Farm Bureau.


Dale Reicks
National Pork Producers Council Director
Lawler

Dale and his wife, Laura, founded Reicks View Farms in the late 1970s near Lawler. As 5th generation pork producers, they began with 240 acres of corn along with 200 sows. The production system has grown over the years to include sow units, a boar stud, nursery and finishing facilities. Reicks View Farms prides itself on being a family farm. Dale and Laura, their two children and more than 150 employees and 40 production partners continue to farm corn as well as produce top quality pork.


Jen Sorenson
National Pork Producers Council Director
West Des Moines

Jen is the communications director for Iowa Select Farms based in Iowa Falls. She currently oversees internal and external communications, including corporate, stakeholder and employee communications, branding/marketing support, community relations and issues management. She’s also active in government relations and public affairs. Iowa Select has 700 swine farms across the state, 180,000 sows and produces more than one billion pounds of pork annually, making it Iowa’s largest pork producer and the 8th largest in the U.S. Sorenson attended Iowa State University and formerly worked for IPPA.


Directors

Dwight Mogler
District 1 Director
Alvord

Dwight is a partner with several family members in Mogler Farms/Pig Hill near Alvord in Lyon County. The Moglers have 3,000 sows and market 90,000 pigs wean-to-finish per year. The farm enterprise also includes 2,500 acres of corn and soybeans. Mogler serves on the Lyon County Pork Producer Board and has held the position of president. He is a former Pork Act Delegate. Dwight is a member of Iowa Farm Bureau, Iowa Cattlemen and the Iowa Corn Growers and Iowa Soybean associations. He was named a Master Pork Producer by IPPA in 1982 and he received the Pork All-American Award in 1997.  Mogler is a graduate of Iowa State University with a major in agricultural business.


Kevin Rasmussen
District 2 Director
Humboldt

Rasmussen has KLR Pork, a farrow-to-finish swine enterprise that markets 20,000 hogs a year. Another 6,000 are sold as weaned pigs. He also raises 1,100 acres of corn each year. Humboldt County doesn’t have an organized pork association, so Kevin and his wife, Lisa, have taken it upon themselves to promote pork and the industry in the county and tell their story to civic groups and other organizations. Kevin has actively served on various IPPA committees. He is a Master Pork Producer and the Iowa Farm Bureau once named Kevin and Lisa the state’s Outstanding Young Farm Couple. Kevin is a Farm Bureau and Iowa Corn Growers Association member and he served on the local Rural Electric Cooperative Board for 13 years. He studied agriculture and farm operations at Iowa State University.


Mark Meirick
District 3 Director
Protivin

A past IPPA Board member, Meirick is now serving as interim District 3 director on the board. Mark and his wife, Wendy, farm near Protivin in Howard County. They have a swine finishing business and also raise crops. Meirick is a member of the Howard County Pork Producers, Iowa Corn Growers Association, Iowa Soybean Association and the Ag Business Association of Iowa. Mark has an ag/business degree from Iowa State University.


James Hogan
District 4 Director
Monticello

Hogan has a 22,000-head swine finishing business at J & P Pork near Monticello in Jones County.  He also raises corn and soybeans on 2,700 acres. James has been a member of the Jones County Pork Producers for 40 years. Hogan is a past 4-H leader, past board member of the Jones County Beef Producers, and served for 10 years as a member of the great Jones County Fair Board. James is a graduate of Kirkwood Community College.


Ryan Pudenz
District 6 Director
Ames

Ryan is the general manager of Prestage Farms of Iowa in Ames. He belongs to the Story County Pork Producers and has served on the Iowa Pork Producers Association membership/Leadership Committee for five years. Pudenz has served as a National Pork Producers Council Pork Forum delegate for the past five years and been a Pork Act delegate for the National Pork Board for a year. He has twice attended NPPC’s Legislative Action Conference and he has participated in the Pork Leadership Institute. Ryan also serves the industry as a PQA Plus advisor and is on the Iowa Pork Industry Center Advisory Board. He is a member of the Iowa State University Iowa Swine Day Program Committee as well. Pudenz has a bachelor’s degree in animal science from ISU.


Art Halstead
District 7 Director
Pella

Halstead is the operations manager for Parks Livestock, an Illinois-based contract producer. He has been with the feeder pig production company for the past year after spending 26 years with Cargill/JBS. Parks Livestock has sites in Iowa, Missouri and Illinois and produces 1.7 million head of feeder pigs a year. Art served on the Iowa Pork Producers Association Board of Directors as the allied industry representative from 2012 to 2014. He has been a member of the IPPA Public Relations Committee and has volunteered for the association at the Iowa State Fair and the Iowa Speedway. Halstead also has served the industry as a National Pork Producers Council delegate to the national Pork Forum. He has attended NPPC’s Legislative Action Conference and is a long-time Operation Main Street presenter and an SIP investor. Art has an animal science degree from Iowa State University.


Matt Gent
District 8 Director
Wellman

Matt and his family have a farrow-to-finish swine enterprise near Wellman. The Gents also raise corn and soybeans. He has been an Iowa Pork Producers Association delegate and was named a Master Pork Producer in 2015 by IPPA. Gent has served on the Washington County Pork Producers Board of Directors since 2010, serving as vice president in 2012 and president in 2013. In addition to his pork relationships, Matt is a member of the Iowa Corn Growers Association.


Jason Hocker, DVM
SW Region
Audubon

Jason is a partner in AMVC Management Services in Audubon and director of grow-finish swine health. He manages 115,000 sows and 1.3 million market hogs in seven states for AMVC and serves as public relations lead for the company. Dr. Hocker is a Williamsburg native who earned a bachelor’s degree from Coe College in 2001. He continued his education at Iowa State University, earning a doctorate in veterinary medicine in 2005 and a master’s degree in veterinary microbiology in 2006. Hocker is a member of the Iowa and American Veterinary Medical associations and the American Association of Swine Veterinarians. In 2011, Jason was named to the Phizer Animal Health “10 under 40” class.


Mike Porth
Allied
Ames

Porth is a senior procurement and business development manager for Smithfield Foods. He supports Smithfield with supply interactions while providing insight to current and future expectations of supplier/procurement relationships. Mike also is actively involved with the recruitment of talent for Smithfield through the Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and business schools. Porth serves on the Story County Pork Producers Board of Directors and is a member of the IPPA Promotions and Membership committees.


Jarrod Bakker
Stakeholder
Dike

Raising pigs has been a life-long passion for Jarrod Bakker. He grew up on a farrow-to-finish pig farm and now, along with his wife, Shari, and brother, Jordan, owns Bakker Bros. Genetics, a 50-sow farm that markets 1,000 pigs annually. Bakker also works for Fast Genetics, where he sells breeding stock to farmers across the country.


Jeremy Schram
Stakeholder
Anthon

Schram works full time for Producers Livestock Marketing Association as a swine marketing agent and enjoys working with pork producers from across the Midwest. The Woodbury County farmer buys feeder pigs each year to feed and for his children to show as 4-H projects at the fair. He has served as a county fair swine superintendent and county fair pig supplier.  Jeremy has served on various state boards, including the Iowa Purebred Swine Council. He enjoys judging various swine shows across the region each year. Jeremy has an animal science degree from Iowa State University.


Ex-officio Directors

The Honorable Mike Naig
Iowa Secretary of Agriculture
Dr. Jason Ross
Director
Iowa Pork Industry Center
Dr. Don Beermann
Chair
Animal Science Department
Iowa State University
Dr. Dan Grooms
Dean
College of Veterinary Medicine
Iowa State University