by Ken Root and Whitney Newman
World Pork Expo in Des Moines goes back to 1988 with lots of changes since then. The smell of barbecue is in the air and talk of changes in leadership of the Pork Board as well as finding ways for producers to sustain their animals, their business and their planet.
Bill Even is The National Pork Board new CEO. He is a native of South Dakota and formerly the South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture as well as an employee of DuPont Pioneer. Even has been on the job for three days, but he already had a grasp of the goals the Pork Board has set for the future.
Bill Even takes over the Pork Board at a time of strong world demand for U.S. pork but presidential candidates who question the value of trade. A time of increased scrutiny by EPA and FDA. Both what the animal takes in and puts out are questioned by government and society.