Indiana Pork recently honored three individuals who have dedicated much time to advancing the pig industry.
Producer Meritorious Service Award: Mark York
Mark York farms in Wabash County with his wife Christine. He is a Purdue graduate with a degree in ag economics. He is a former president of the Indiana Pork Board and is active in his community serving as Wabash County Farm Bureau President. He received Master Farmer designation in 2017. He has also led a ground pork donation project that supports Wabash County Food pantries, Indiana Pork said in a release. The Yorks were honored as the first Wabash County Farm Family of the Year by their Chamber of Commerce in 2010.
Industry Meritorious Service Award: Kara StewartClick here to see more...
Stewart holds her undergraduate degree from Purdue University and her master's degree and Ph.D. from North Carolina State University. In July 2013, she accepted a faculty position in reproductive physiology in the Department of Animal Sciences at Purdue. Stewart carries a majority Extension appointment working across several species, predominantly swine, and taught a reproductive management and a reproductive physiology course for undergraduates. Her recent research has been investigating nutritional strategies in boars and survival of neonatal piglets. She is the recipient of the Richard L. Kohls Outstanding Early Career Teaching Award and the George Foxcroft Lectureship award for translating science into practical and usable information for pork producers.