Jill Resler Named Minnesota Pork CEO

JillMankato, MN – The Minnesota Pork Producers Association (MPPA) announces Jill Resler will be the organization’s next CEO, effective immediately. Resler has held multiple roles in her 13-year tenure with Minnesota Pork, most recently serving as chief operating officer (COO) and interim CEO. Resler, a Minnesota-native, brings significant experience leading programs to promote pork and advocating for the state’s more than 3,000 family pig farmers.

Resler proceeds longtime CEO, David Preisler, who led the organization for 28 years.

“After a national, farmer-led search process, we’re excited to announce Jill Resler as our next CEO. Jill has demonstrated a passion for the pork industry, skilled leadership as a visionary, and has unmatched organizational skills; she is deeply respected by Minnesota pig farmers and partners inside and out of the pork industry.  Jill has the leadership, foresight, integrity, and work ethic to be successful as our next CEO,” says John Anderson, MPPA President and farmer from Belgrade, Minnesota.  

Resler joined the MPPA staff as Director of Producer Outreach in May 2009 working closely with pig farmers and industry stakeholders leading grassroots engagement. She also served as Director of Education where she led efforts to develop the pork industry’s critical human capital. Since 2017, she has served as COO overseeing Minnesota Pork Checkoff programs and staff development.

“It is a privilege and an honor to have been chosen as the next CEO of the Minnesota Pork Board and Minnesota Pork Producers Association. As CEO, I look forward to working alongside a talented and dedicated team and exceptional producer leaders to move our industry forward,” Resler says. “I have spent my career listening to, understanding, and advocating for farmers. I look forward to deepening relationships with our farmers and continuing to build collaborative partnerships while investing in and developing the next generation.”

Resler was raised on a farm in Southwest Minnesota where she still actively farms with her family on their row crop and cattle farm. She’s a 2009 graduate of South Dakota State University with a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Communications, Education and Leadership. Resler currently lives with her husband and three daughters on their livestock and row crop farm in rural Owatonna.

Wolters, Stevermer, and Malakowsky Lead National Pork Producers Council

From the National Pork Producers Council

Terry LoriLOUISVILLE, KY, March 11, 2022 – The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) today installed new officers and elected members to its board of directors at its annual business meeting — the National Pork Industry Forum — held here.

Terry Wolters of Pipestone, Minnesota, was elevated to president of the organization for 2022-2023. Wolters owns Stoney Creek Farms, which consists of several sow farms, and is a partner in the Pipestone System. He also is a member of Wholestone Farms and is active in the Pipestone County Pork Producers Association, Minnesota Pork Producers Association, South Dakota Pork Producers Council and the Minnesota Farm Bureau. He is chairman of NPPC’s Animal Health Food Security Policy Committee.

Wolters takes over from Jen Sorenson, communications director for Iowa Select Farms in West Des Moines, Iowa, who becomes NPPC immediate past president and chairman of the council’s trade and nominating committees.

Scott Hays of Monroe City, Missouri, became NPPC president-elect. He is a fifth-generation pork producer and the CEO of Two Mile Pork, LLC. He is chairman of NPPC’s Competitive Markets Committee and active on the Missouri Pork Association board and committees, Missouri Corn Growers, Missouri Farm Bureau, Missouri Agricultural Leaders of Tomorrow, Monroe City FFA and Missouri Institute of Cooperatives.

The NPPC board of directors elected Lori Stevermer as vice president. Lori is co-owner of Trail’s End Farm in Easton, Minnesota, where she served on the executive board of the Minnesota Pork Producers Association. Stevermer has a history of advocating for the pork industry at the local, state and national levels.

Pat Hord of Ohio and Dwight Mogler of Iowa were elected as new members of the board, and Lori Stevermer of Minnesota and Russ Vering of Nebraska were each reelected to another three-year term. Steve Malakowsky of Wells, Minnesota, with Compeer Financial, was elected to a two-year term as the allied industry representative. They join current directors Craig Andersen of Centerville, South Dakota; Rob Brenneman of Washington, Iowa; Jason Brester of Sioux City, Iowa; Bob Ivey of Goldsboro, North Carolina; Dr. Jeremy Pittman of Waverly, Virginia; Jeb Stevens of Osgood, Indiana; and Duane Stateler of McComb, Ohio.

For NPPC’s nominating committee, Curt Zehr of Illinois was reelected, and Bill Knapke of Ohio was elected to the panel. Both will serve two-year terms.

“We have great leadership in Terry, Scott and Lori,” said NPPC CEO Bryan Humphreys. “Along with the board, including our new members, they will represent the interests of pork producers and the organization very well.”

Additionally, delegates at the meeting approved resolutions affirming the recommendations of the Pork Industry Taskforce.

Baack, Schafer and Schwartz Elected to MPPA Board

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2022 MPPA Board Members Front to Back, Left to Right: Todd Marotz, John Anderson, Daryl Timmerman, Brandon Schafer. Back, Mike Mouw, Adam Barka, Vince Baack, and Tim Schwartz. Absent – Bill Drager

MANKATO, Minn. – Vince Baack, North Mankato; Brandon Schafer, Goodhue; and Tim Schwartz, Sleepy Eye were elected to the Minnesota Pork Producers Association (MPPA) during the Annual Meeting held on Wednesday, February 16, at the Mayo Clinic Health System Event Center in Mankato following the Minnesota Pork Congress.

MPPA Board members are elected to three-year terms and work on behalf of Minnesota’s pig farmers to bring visionary leadership for its members by influencing public policy on a local, state and national level.

Leadership roles remained the same with John Anderson of Belgrade serving as MPPA president, Vince Baack as vice-president, and Adam Barka of Sleepy Eye as secretary.

“The Minnesota Pork Producers Association Board of Directors is diverse, representing the broad range of farms found throughout the state,” says president Anderson. “I’ve enjoyed leading the group these last two years and look forward to working on behalf of our members and partners through the next year.”

Other board members include Bill Drager, Mapleton; Todd Marotz, Sleepy Eye; Mike Mouw, Sioux Falls; Daryl Timmerman, North Mankato. In addition, Lori Stevermer of Easton and Terry Wolters of Pipestone currently serve as Minnesota representatives on the National Pork Producers Council Board of Directors.

Preisler to Retire as CEO of Minnesota Pork

David Preisler HeadshotDavid Preisler, long-time CEO of the Minnesota Pork Producers Association and Minnesota Pork Board, announced his plans to retire from the organization effective June 1, 2022.  Preisler notified the Board of his plans at its Board meeting on December 16. His retirement will mark nearly 28 years leading the Pork association and representing the interests of Minnesota’s family pig farmers.


“It has been a privilege to work with some of the country’s best livestock farmers here in Minnesota who are not only excellent farmers but outstanding industry leaders at both the state and national levels,” Preisler said.  “Minnesota is the second largest state in pork production (value and number of market pigs raised) and we are fortunate to have a very strong producer-led organization with knowledgeable and committed Board members, a dedicated staff, and strong relationships across the agricultural community and beyond. It has been an honor to serve Minnesota’s pig farmers who are committed to doing what is right for their animals, their people and communities, and the environment. My career has really been about the people, and I have had the joy of working with exceptional staff who also believe in serving farmers. I really feel like I’m stepping away from the organization at the right time and in very good hands.”


John Anderson, a Stearns County pig farmer and current president of the Minnesota Pork Producers Association, commented, “Dave has provided excellent leadership to Minnesota Pork and has effectively represented the interests of pork producers throughout Minnesota and nationally. Over the years, Dave has helped producers navigate the intricacies of government policy, permitting, sustainability, animal wellbeing, and the importance of consumer outreach and engagement. The pork industry has faced difficult situations over Dave’s career and his steady leadership and commitment to Minnesota pig farmers helped see us through the challenging seasons of farming. Minnesota Pork is in a good place today because of Dave Preisler and we wish him the very best in future years.”


Preisler has committed to assisting Minnesota Pork with the transition to a new leader. The Board intends to conduct a search of potential candidates to replace Preisler over the coming months.

Anderson, Drager, Marotz, and Mouw Elected to MPPA Board

MPPA Logo John Anderson, Belgrade; Bill Drager, Mapleton; Todd Marotz, Sleepy Eye; and Mike Mouw, Leota were elected to the Minnesota Pork Producers Association (MPPA) during the virtual Annual Meeting held on Thursday, February 4.

“It is an honor to represent my fellow pig farmers as president,” said Anderson. “Though this past year held many challenges, I am grateful to have gotten to work with a group of extremely talented individuals both at the state and national level. During this next three-year term, I look forward to networking with state producers, interacting with consumers, working closely with legislators, and providing sound science-based information to assist our regulatory community.”

MPPA board members are elected to three-year terms and work on behalf of Minnesota’s pig farmers to bring visionary leadership for its members by influencing public policy on a local, state, and national level.

Other board members include Vince Baack, Jackson; Amon Baer, Lake Park; Adam Barka, Sleepy Eye; Shelly Schell, Altura; and Daryl Timmerman, North Mankato. In addition, Minnesota representatives serving on the National Pork Producers Council board include Lori Stevermer of Easton and Terry Wolters of Pipestone.