Rod has spent 30 years managing and leading various aspects of pig production businesses. He is currently a development coordinator for Cactus Cares, a public charity founded by the employee owners of Cactus Feeders Inc., based in Amarillo, Texas; and an associate appraiser, real estate salesperson, and swine business consultant with Growthland.
Before serving the board in his current role, Rod was the District 2 Director on the Iowa Pork Producers Association Board of Directors. In addition, he has served on several IPPA committees, including public relations and promotion. He is a graduate of the Pork Leadership Institute. Rod also serves on the marketing committee for the National Pork Producers Council’s Strategic Investment Program. Rod is a member of the Johnson County Pork Producers.
For more than a decade, Rod has spoken to civic, social, industry, and student groups on behalf of the pork industry through the Pork Checkoff’s Operation Main Street program. A native of Minnesota, Rod earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and computer science from the University of Minnesota-Morris.