2017 Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Curtis Meier
President
Clarinda

Meier is on his second tour of duty as president of the Iowa Pork Producers Association. 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.


Gregg Hora
President-elect
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 five 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.


Al Wulfekuhle
Past-president
Quasqueton

Al is president and majority owner of G & W Pork, a farrow-to-finish business with 1,600 sows. About 40,000 pigs are marketed annually. He also is owner and president of CNI Consulting and he farms 450 acres of grain. Wulfekuhle served as IPPA president in 2016. He is a member of the Buchanan County Pork Producers Board. He was named a county and state Master Pork Producer in 1991. Al also spearheaded a PRRS control project for southeastern Buchanan County.


Ken Ries
VP of Producer Services
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.


Mike Paustian
VP of Operations
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.


Trent Thiele
VP of Resources
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.


Gene Noem
VP of Market Development
District 6 Director
National Pork Board Director
Ames

Noem is director of organizational development and human resources for Reicks View Farms of Lawler. In addition to those responsibilities, he’s involved with new project evaluation and implementation. He also finishes hogs as 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.


John Weber
National Pork Producers Council Director
Dysart

Weber is the co-owner and manager of Valley Lane Farms near Dysart. A family farmer and independent producer, he has a wean/feeder-to-finish swine enterprise that markets more than 14,000 hogs a year in partnership with employees. John also farms 2,400 acres of corn, seed corn and soybeans. The Tama County producer has and continues to be active in the local, state and national levels of the pork industry. He has served the National Pork Board as a committee member and as a delegate to the National Pork Forum. John is past president of NPPC and spent nearly 10 years on the Iowa Pork Producers Association Board of Directors, serving as president in 2010.


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.


Jamie Schmidt
District 2 Director (Interim)
Garner

The IPPA past president farms near Garner in Hancock County and is a partner in a farrow-to-finish hog business that markets 18,000 head a year. He has raised hogs for more than 40 years. The Schmidt family also raises 3,600 acres of row crops. Jamie is a member of the Hancock County Pork Producers and actively participates in county, state and national pork promotions. He also has been a voting delegate at the National Pork Industry Forum. He is past president of the Hancock County Farm Bureau and has been a voting delegate. He also is a member of the Hancock County Cattlemen’s Association and the Iowa Corn and Soybean associations. Schmidt has a degree in farm operations 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.


Dennis Liljedahl
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.


David Calderwood
District 7 Director
Traer

David owns Calderwood Farms, Inc., near Traer in Tama County. He has a hog finishing business and markets 12,000 head per year. His production efficiency and success earned him the Iowa Pork Producers Association’s Master Pork Producer Award in 1999. David also has 850 acres of row crops. He is a past president and director of the Tama County Pork Producers and past president of the Iowa Corn Growers Association. David also is a member of the Iowa Farm Bureau. David attended Iowa State University and majored in ag studies/farm operations.


Heather Hora
District 8 Director
Washington

Heather and her husband, Kurt, own HK Farms, Inc., a diversified farming operation in Washington. Heather and Kurt raise 10,000 wean-to-finish pigs each year and grow corn and soybeans on 1,850 acres. The Horas started their operation in 1991, when she became an IPPA member. Heather has been president and board member of the Washington County Pork Producers and is a member of the Soybean Association, National Corn Growers and Iowa Corn.


Marv Van Den Top
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 rounds out his farming enterprise. Marv is a member of the Sioux County Pork Producers Board of Directors and is a member of the Iowa Pork Producers Association Membership-Leadership Committee. 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.


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 Bill Northey
Iowa Secretary of Agriculture
Dr. Jason Ross
Director
Iowa Pork Industry Center
Dr. Don Beermann
Chair
Animal Science Department
Iowa State University
Dr. Pat Halbur
Interim Dean
College of Veterinary Medicine
Iowa State University