(CLIVE, Iowa) - Two people who have been integral to the success of Iowa's pork industry in recent years have been honored by the Iowa Pork Producers Association.
IPPA recognized Iowa State University Animal Science professor Dr. John Patience and Iowa Senator Joni Ernst as Honorary Master Pork Producers for 2017 at the Iowa Pork Congress Banquet in Des Moines last night.
The Honorary Master Pork Producer Award is given to one or two deserving people each year for their outstanding and distinguished service to the betterment and success of the industry. Recipients are selected by the IPPA Board of Directors and the program is funded by the Pork Checkoff.
Dr. John Patience
Using science to reduce feed costs and improve net income for pork producers has been the guiding principle for Patience over his 30 years of research. He has conducted studies on such diverse topics as ingredient evaluation, dietary energy and amino acid requirements, utilization of lower energy higher fiber ingredients and water quality. The Canadian also has investigated management issues such as feeder adjustment and allowance, water supply to sows and nursery pigs and carcass quality. He's currently studying how diet composition can affect gut health in the newly weaned pig with a view to formulating diets in the future, which help the pig handle post-weaning illness when antibiotic use is restricted.
Patience has worked closely with IPPA on the revival of the annual Iowa Swine Day at ISU. The event has enjoyed very strong support from IPPA since the educational event was renewed in 2012. Swine Day attracts more than 450 pig farmers, students and allied industry representatives from Iowa and neighboring states. A committee of pork producers and allied personnel develop the program each year to ensure that it addresses topics of current interest and need.
One of John's deepest passions is his graduate students. With growing demand and inadequate supply of people trained in swine nutrition, the best way he can serve the pork industry while concurrently conducting research of practical importance is to train graduate students. In his nine years at Iowa State, he has graduated 13 M.S. and Ph.D. students. All are employed in the pig or related industries or are pursuing further graduate training.
Patience earned bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Guelph in Canada and his Ph.D. from Cornell University. He has previously been awarded Lifetime Achievement awards by pork producers in two Canadian provinces, numerous awards from the American Society of Animal Science and the New Frontiers in Animal Nutrition Award from FASS-AFIA.
John and his wife, Rebecca, reside in Ames. The couple has three children and two grandchildren who live in or near Toronto.
The Honorable Joni Ernst
Sen. Ernst has dedicated her life to Iowa and her country, having served in the military and now in the United States Senate.
In November 2014, Ernst was elected as the first Iowa woman to serve in federal office and became the first female combat veteran elected to serve in the United States Senate. In Washington, Joni serves on four Senate committees of major importance to Iowans: Armed Services; Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry; Environment and Public Works; and Small Business and Entrepreneurship.
Joni is focused on growing a vibrant economy and ensuring the government runs effectively and efficiently.
Known for her independent leadership and commitment to public service, Ernst previously served as a state senator, fighting to balance the state budget and helping turn Iowa's $900 million budget deficit into a $1 billion surplus. She also worked tirelessly to grow jobs and the economy, cut taxes, improve education, and reduce the role of government in Iowans' lives.
The senator received her undergraduate degree from Iowa State University where she joined ROTC. After graduation, she joined the U.S. Army Reserves. In 2003, Ernst served as a company commander in Kuwait and Iraq, leading 150 Iowa Army National Guardsmen during Operation Iraqi Freedom. She retired as a lieutenant colonel in the Iowa Army National Guard after 23 years of military service.
The Montgomery County farm girl's parents instilled in her the values important to Iowans: hard work, service and sacrifice. As a mother, soldier and independent voice, Joni is committed to bringing those values to Washington, D.C.
The Iowa Pork Producers Association greatly appreciates Joni's tireless advocacy of free trade agreements, repealing burdensome regulations, and supporting foreign animal disease preparedness.
Ernst resides in Red Oak with her husband, Gail.