Expert panel to judge pig farmer award finalists

Expert panel to judge pig farmer award finalists

To help build consumer trust and foster greater transparency about U.S. pork production methods, the National Pork Board has announced an expert judging panel that brings a new, multi-faceted approach to selecting the second annual America’s Pig Farmer of the YearSM.

Members of the five-member panel include Dr. Robin Ganzert, president and CEO of American Humane; Kari Underly, a third-generation butcher, author and principal of Range®, Inc., a meat marketing and education firm; Dr. Justin Ransom, senior director, supply chain management at McDonald’s USA; Dr. Jodi Sterle, an associate professor of animal science at Iowa State University; and Keith Schoettmer, the 2015 America’s Pig Farmer of the Year.

The judges will evaluate and score a video produced at the finalists’ farms and then conduct in-person interviews with them. The public can view the farmers’ videos and vote for a favorite from Sept. 1-10 at

The final winner will be announced on Oct. 11.