Iowa Pork Welcomes New Producer Education Director

The Iowa Pork Producers Association (IPPA) named Zoey Dinkla as its producer education director. Dinkla will be responsible for developing informational material for Iowa pig farmers, administering pork quality improvement programs, and working with key stakeholder groups such as Iowa Farm Animal Care and the Iowa Pork Industry Center.

“I’m excited to welcome Zoey to our team,” said IPPA President Trish Cook of Winthrop. “She brings a strong background in agriculture, an interest in science, and a passion for the pork industry to this important role. Our producers will benefit greatly from Zoey’s work.”

Dinkla comes to IPPA from after working for three years for The Maschhoffs, one of North America’s largest family-owned hog production networks. Dinkla grew up on a family farm near Casey, Iowa and graduated from Iowa State University in 2020 with a degree in Agricultural Studies and minors in Animal Science and Public Relations. While at Iowa State, she interned with Iowa Select Farms and Smithfield Foods. In conjunction with her work at IPPA, Dinkla will continue her education at Iowa State University, pursuing a master’s degree in Agricultural Education.

“I am eager to use my voice to serve the swine industry and bring value to all pork producers in the state of Iowa,” said Dinkla. “I look forward to meeting all of you and working alongside key stakeholders to meet the needs of the industry.”

As Iowa pig farmers continue to deal with numerous challenges, the addition of Zoey Dinkla strengthens IPPA’s commitment to serve as a leading voice for a sustainable, socially responsible, and competitive pork industry.