Pork Act Meeting Information – Pork Industry Forum

Your selection as a delegate to the National Pork Industry Forum is an honor. The 15 producer volunteers who serve as members of the Pork Checkoff Board of Directors appreciate the investment of your time.

As a Pork Act Delegate, you play an important role in shaping your Pork Checkoff. In today’s production environment, we must have unity of purpose, and be innovative in practice. This noble work is demonstrated through our commitment to the We Care® ethical principles. Those values – put to paper more than a decade ago – continue to drive the work of both the National Pork Board and the National Pork Producers Council. In short, our principles define how we focus our work – from farm to table. They also underscore the commitment we have to provide direct benefit to our communities, our animals and the environment.

Your time is valuable and will help us to meet our vision to become the global protein of choice.


National Pork Board – Candidates

  • Daniel Tubbs, Alabama

    Biography Daniel Tubbs is a niche producer from Oakman, Alabama, marketing 300 pigs per year. His farm also produces 500 acres of hay and raises cattle and feeder calves. He has been involved in the Alabama Pork Producers Association since 2016, holding the chairman position since 2019. Tubbs also participated in the Alabama Farmers Federation view more…

  • Trent Thiele, Iowa

    Biography Trent Thiele is the owner of KMAX Farms, a wean-to-finish operation marketing 120,000 pigs annually based in Elma, Iowa. The farm also includes 4,800 acres of corn and soybeans, along with cattle. Thiele served on the Iowa Pork Producers Board of Directors (2014-2020), National Pork Board’s Nominating Committee (2020-2021) and the National Pork Producers view more…

  • Dr. Gordon Spronk, Minnesota

    Biography Dr. Gordon Spronk is a partner in a generational farrow-to-finish and cropping operation, Spronk Brothers III, based in Pipestone, Minnesota. Spronk Brothers III markets over 275,000 pigs per year. The operation also has over 3,000 acres of corn and soybeans. Spronk has been active in the pork industry, serving on several National Pork Board view more…

  • Bill Luckey, Nebraska

    Biography Bill Luckey, a fourth-generation farmer, contracts 3,300 finishing spaces and a 500-head nursery in Columbus, Nebraska. Along with raising cattle, he grows corn and soybeans on 700 acres. Bill is currently serving on the National Pork Board (NPB) and is an Operation Main Street speaker. He has been active and served in leadership positions view more…

  • Alayne Johnson, Indiana

    Biography Alayne Johnson is a part-owner of Shady Grove Farms, a fourth-generation family business operated by her husband and five of his family members. The family has been raising hogs in northeastern Indiana since 1940, and now runs a 1,000-sow, farrow-to-finish hog and integrated crop operation. They market around 25,000 hogs each year and grow view more…

  • Chad Groves, Kansas

    Biography Based in Shawnee, Kansas, Chad Groves is the senior vice president of sales and marketing for Seaboard Foods, an integrated processor marketing 7.2 million hogs annually from its 330,000 sows. Seaboard Foods markets and sells pork for Triumph Foods and Seaboard Triumph Foods. Groves uses change leadership and transparency when working with over 80 view more…

  • Alan Eck, Maryland

    Biography Alan Eck is a first-generation wean-to-finish, heritage breed pork producer from Henderson, Maryland. He markets 1,800 head each year. His farm includes 430 acres of corn, wheat, barley and soybeans, along with hay and straw. Eck also volunteers with 4-H, his church, the Young Farmers Program and LEAD Maryland, which is dedicated to identifying view more…

  • Jessica Campbell, Ohio

    Biography Jessica Campbell is the owner of Carroll Creek Farms, LLC, based in Waynesville, Ohio. The farm markets 300 pigs per year directly to consumers through a community-supported agriculture program, wholesale freezer meats, their on-farm store and the local farmer’s market. She raises cattle, sheep, broilers, turkeys and layers as well. She is a National view more…

  • Jeremy Burkett – Wyoming

    Biography Jeremy Burkett is the operator of a farrow-to-feeder farm at Casper College in Casper, Wyoming, that markets 25 pigs annually for 4-H and FFA projects. Jeremy is a full-time professor of animal sciences at Casper College where he teaches and conducts research, with an emphasis on animal science and meat science. Burkett was the view more…


Nominating Committee Candidates

Lukas Fricke, Nebraska

Based in Ulysses, Nebraska, Lukas Fricke’s feeder-to-finish operation, Union Farms, markets 15,000 pigs annually. The farm also has 2,000 acres of corn, soybean, sorghum and seed corn. Fricke has been involved in the Nebraska Pork Producer Mentorship Program (2013-2014) and held the social media intern position for Nebraska Pork Producers Association (2016-2019). Throughout 2020 and 2021, he participated in National Pork Board working groups and task forces that develop the industry’s sustainability framework. Other active involvements include the alumni board of directors for the Engler Agribusiness and Entrepreneurship Program and the Producer’s Circle for the EcoSystem Marketplace Consortium.

Steve Brier, Missouri

Based in Nevada, Missouri, Steve Brier is a production director for the Midwest Operation of Smithfield Hog Production. He oversees 18 contract sow farms, totaling 68,000 sows, and associated contract multiplication nurseries and finishers, marketing 1.5 million hogs. Brier has been actively involved in the pork industry, including Operation Main Street, Vernon County Pork Producers (1985-1995), Missouri Pork Association Board (2002-2008, 2019-present), the National Pork Board’s Swine Health Committee (2014-2018) and the African Swine Fever Working Group (2019-2021). Brier is also a board member for the Osage Prairie YMCA and the Council on Families in Crisis. He also serves as a council member for his church.