Emerging Leaders Academy Tours PA Pork Industry

May 20, 2024

Emerging Leaders Academy Tours PA Pork Industry  

Friday, May 17, 2024 members of the PA Pork Emerging Leaders Academy (ELA) toured three Pennsylvania Pork industry businesses. The ELA program, newly re-launched for 2024 is an opportunity for anyone interested in the pork industry to develop a deeper understanding of all aspects of the industry.

Members of the 2024 class are early career professionals already working in pork or have an interest in potentially working in the pork industry.

The industry tour kicked off with a tour of the New Bolten Swine Research Center. The stop was led by Dr. Meghann Pierdon, Assistant Professor of Clinical Production Medicine, and Dr. Tom Parsons, Professors of Swine Reproduction at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. Visitors had the opportunity to view the facility, which provides veterinary students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with pigs and also perform research projects under the guidance of their instructors.

The second stop was to visit White Oak Mills in Elizabethtown, PA. White Oak Mills formulates feeds for many livestock and poultry farms in the mid-state region, including many hog facilities. The tour was led by Vice President of White Oak Mills, Jennifer Hampshire and Scott Hoffer, Mill Manager.

During the lunch stop, ELA members were able to engage with several PA Pork Producers Council (PPPC) board members, including President, Ben Barcovtch; Vice President Coleman Wagner and Nat Stas, board member.

The final stop on the tour was at Good’s Livestock in Denver, PA. The tour of Good’s was led by past ELA member, Jack Egan, General Manager and Kurt Good, President Good’s Livestock, both Jack and Kurt are PPPC board members.

For more information on the PA Pork Producers Council and how to get involved, please contact Courtney Gray, cgray@papork.com or visit www.papork.com.



The Pennsylvania Pork Producers Council (PPPC) administers the Pork Checkoff on behalf of the state’s nearly 3,000 pig farmers. PPPC acts as a steward for Pork Checkoff funds at the state level and is charged with executing specific programs in the areas of promotion, research and education. No funds may be used for lobbying or to influence government policy. Checkoff-funded promotions are designed to increase domestic pork sales through consumer, retail and food service outreach. Additionally, Checkoff-funded research is administered in all areas of pork production, processing and human nutrition to develop a higher quality, more profitable and innovative product in the competitive meat protein market.