WASHINGTON, D.C. – Don Herzog, a pork producer from Rapelje, Mont., for his outstanding contributions to the U.S. pork industry, last week was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the National Pork Producers Council at the organization’s annual business meeting – the National Pork Industry Forum – held in Kansas City, Mo.
Few people are more respected for leadership in the U.S. pork industry than Herzog. Never seeking credit for himself, he engaged at the local, state and national levels to protect producers’ interests, promote pork and encourage others to lead.
Known for his insight, work ethic and caring nature, Herzog served on the NPPC board of directors for six years during a tumultuous time. Viewing the separation of NPPC and the National Pork Board as a matter of logistics, he counseled his fellow board members and industry leaders wisely with his trademark humor diffusing tense situations.
While serving on the NPPC board, Herzog listened more than he spoke, preferred to work behind the scenes and kept his family and pork production business as his top priorities. These qualities also were evident during his time working for the Montana Pork Producers Association.
“Don’s prominent leadership skills on both the state and national levels have proved to be a valuable asset,” said newly-elected NPPC President Dr. Howard Hill, a pork producer from Cambridge, Iowa. “His positive attitude and down-to-earth demeanor allowed him to connect easily with fellow producers, successfully advancing the interests of the U.S. pork industry. NPPC is pleased to induct him into its Hall of Fame.”