New Directors Chosen at NPPA Annual Membership Meeting

Mark Wright, President of the Nebraska Pork Producers Association (NPPA) presided over the 2023 annual meeting of the Association membership. The Membership chose two new directors and re-confirmed Justin Hankins of Omaha as First Alternate. Austin Zimmerman of Wymore and Josh Wendt of Leigh will begin serving a two-year term. President Wright offered his congratulations to the new members and added, “I am very pleased that you have decided to accept a position on our board and look forward to working with you as we ensure continued opportunities and success for Nebraska’s pork farmers”.

Austin Zimmerman, Wymore: Austin, his wife Teri, and son live on a farm near Wymore. He is part of Zimmerman Hog Farms, located just west of Beatrice. The Zimmermans have a specialized pig operation, raising exhibition and breeding stock. Austin started showing pigs at a young age and is still very involved in the show pig industry. Austin is also the general manager for Midwest Livestock systems.

Josh Wendt, Leigh:  Josh is a 3rd generation livestock farmer from Leigh. He and his wife, Ally have 2 boys. He has been involved with livestock and raising pigs his entire life. Currently Josh is involved in the family farming operation where they raise pigs, feed cattle, have a cow-calf operation and farm row crops. He is excited to join the NPPA Board and become more involved in the pork industry.

Justin Hankins, Omaha:  Justin is a credit analyst at Farm Credit Services of America, specializing in the Agribusiness Capital Swine & Beef division of the company, with over 15 years in the banking and finance world. His education at the University of Nebraska–Kearney includes a BS in Business Administration with emphasis in management and a minor in economics. He also attended the Iowa State University School of Ag Banking.

Leaving the Board of Directors is Aaron Doerr of Creighton. Aaron comes from a distinguished line of pork producers and will be greatly missed as a director. “We extend our best wishes and future success to Aaron”, stated President Wright.