Larry Liepold

Larry Liepold – Okabena, Minnesota

Larry Liepold is the owner and operator of Liepold Farms LLC in Okabena, Minnesota, and is responsible for all animal well-being, feeding, and capital. Liepold Farms is a farrow-to-finish operation that markets 2,400 pigs annually. He also co-owns a Boer goat herd with his daughter and raises corn, soybeans, alfalfa, and barley.

On a national level, Liepold served on the National Pork Producers Council board of directors from 2006-2012 and is now a member of the PORKPAC board of directors. He also has been active in the Minnesota Pork Producers Association. Liepold is actively involved in the Minnesota Corn Growers Association, Jackson County 4-H, his church and Heron Lake Emergency Medical Services. He is an Operation Main Street speaker.

Why are you interested in serving on the National Pork Board?

I want to remain relevant in the pork industry, by bringing my ideas and thoughts to this group of industry leaders. By serving as an example that all producers have a place in this industry if that is their choice.

What are the biggest challenges you see facing the pork industry in the next 3 years?

Competition from other proteins, specifically analogue meat substitutes.

Introducing more individuals and families to the importance of cooking and enjoying a meal at home. Home cooking is more affordable, has a greater sensory impression on a person and opens the opportunity to express creativity.

A challenge will be getting the market hog harvested and product moved where it is needed. This needs to be addressed by packing and processing industries.

What opportunities do you see facing the pork industry in the next 3 years?

Positive and negative forces are creating the opportunity to grow the industry here and export pork around the world. Filling the need where swine disease has removed pork from diets where it has been for generations the protein of choice. Capitalize on this the ability of the American producer to be the low-cost producer.

If elected, how will you be a positive influence for the pork industry?

By dutifully understanding and addressing the programs of the National Pork Board. These initiatives enhance producer profitability through the presentation of our product to the consumer.

By serving as an example that all producers have a place in this industry if that is their choice.

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