Former SD ag secretary tapped to lead Pork Board
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WASHINGTON, June 1, 2016 - The National Pork Board has selected Bill Even to serve as the organization's next CEO. He takes over on Monday.
Even is currently global industry relations lead with DuPont Pioneer, where he has worked in some capacity since 2010. Before then, he served as South Dakota agriculture secretary for three years under then-governor Mike Rounds, who now is a U.S. senator.
In a release, Even said he is looking forward to his new job.
“As a fourth-generation farmer, I have deep, personal knowledge of the challenges facing today's pork producers and I am impressed with and completely support the Pork Checkoff's strategic plan that guides and directs its programs,” Even said. “I look forward to working on behalf of America's more than 60,000 pig farmers to build consumer trust, drive sustainable production and grow consumer demand for pork.”
National Pork Producers CEO Neil Dierks said Even “brings a wealth of knowledge and experience” to the job. He added that he “look(s) forward to working with him on promoting the interests of America's pork producers.”
Even holds an associates degree from Lake Area Technical Institute, a bachelor's degree from South Dakota State University, and a law degree from Drake University.
In addition to his time as South Dakota ag secretary, Even served as the director of the Governor's Office of Economic Development and the state's energy policy director. He and his family operate a diversified crop and livestock operation near Humboldt, South Dakota.
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