Cherokee Resident Was Among Those Nominated as State’s Top Pork Promoters

A local resident was among a few nominees for the state’s top pork promoters.

The nominees and state winners were announced by the Iowa Pork Producers Association at the Iowa Pork Congress event in late January.

Four men from across Iowa were nominated for the top Hog Wild Award. Each of the nominees was recognized for the key role he plays in his county pork producer organization. One of the nominees was Rod Parker of Cherokee. Parker has served 19 years on the Cherokee County Pork Producers Board of Directors including vice president and grilling chairman. Parker has helped coordinate many projects, and has participated in activities like grilling at the Iowa Pork Tent during the Iowa State Fair.

Iowa Pork Congress Annual Meeting Lunch January 23, 2024. (Photo by Matthew Putney)

The Iowa Hog Wild Award winner was Andy Schroeder of LeMars, who represents Plymouth County. The county organizations that nominated the state winners each received 250 dollars, while the county organizations that nominated the other individuals each earned one-hundred dollars.

A news release from the Iowa Pork Producers Association states that the individuals nominated show the highest qualities of leadership, dedication, and commitment to the activities that promote the Iowa pork industry. The nominees and winners of the state awards are selected by the IPPA promotion committee.