Scott Phillips

Scott Phillips – Drexel, Missouri
Second Term Incumbent

Scott Phillips owns and operates Phillips Farms in Drexel, Missouri. Phillips Farms is a farrow-to-finish operation that markets 125,000 pigs annually. Phillips also raises corn and soybeans on his family farm.

Phillips is active in the Missouri Pork Producers Association, serving as chair (2015-2016), treasurer and secretary. He is a board member of the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance and an Operation Main Street speaker. Phillips is active in his church and in Boy Scouts. Phillips currently is a member of the National Pork board of directors.

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

Serving on the Board of Directors the past three has given me the knowledge and expertise to serve in a more influential and proactive way during a second term.

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

Clearly African Swine Fever is our greatest Challenge. This requires a multifaceted approach from the Pork Checkoff and industry. First, secure the borders to keep ASF from entering our country. Second, If we do get ASF in the U.S. have Secure Pork Supply up and running so that state animal health officials have better data for containment and pig movement. Third, regionalize the U.S. so that exports can continue from ASF free regions. Fourth, initiate a media information campaign to assure consumers pork is safe to eat. There are many other actions to initiate but these are the essential actions.

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

Opportunities usually result from challenges. ASF continues to expand across the world. Much of the sow herd has been devastated and there will be a protein shortage in 2020 across the globe. We are in a position to provide quality pork to the countries decimated by ASF.

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

In all personal and farm matters I have always committed to the We Care principles. I desire to be a joyful and faithful steward of all the resources God has blessed me with. These resources are covered by the six We Care pillars. I routinely open my farm up to visitors and have made videos to show consumers we really do practice what we preach. We Care.

Do you have any final thoughts or observations to share?

It has been a privilege to serve as a member of the Board of Directors the past three years. I would be honored to be reelected for another three-year term.

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