KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The National Pork Board honored Maynard
Hogberg as the recipient of its Distinguished Service Award.
Hogberg is professor and chair of the Department of Animal
Science at Iowa State University.
The award was presented during the National Pork Industry
Forum, the industry’s annual business meeting. It is given annually to recognize
the lifelong contribution to the pork industry by an outstanding leader.
“Dr. Hogberg has provided extraordinary leadership to the
pork industry,” said Sam Hines, Michigan Pork Producers Association executive
vice president. “He has brought segments of the industry together to find
sustainable solutions that have benefited pork producers nationwide.”
Hogberg began his career at Michigan State University, where
he was a professor and led the development of swine Extension activities. He
eventually went on to serve as the chair of the Department of Animal Science.
While at Michigan State, he helped grow the state’s pork
industry by working with the Michigan Department of Agriculture to create
generally accepted management practices for manure nutrient management.
Hogberg was instrumental in the creation of the National
Swine Registry. He, along with others, realized that the breed associations were
stronger together than apart.
In addition to the creation of the National Swine Registry,
Hogberg’s vision to engage youth in swine production led to the creation of the
National Junior Swine Association, which strives to inspire young people to
pursue careers in the pork industry.
Following his time at Michigan State, Hogberg became
professor and chair of the Department of Animal Science at Iowa State.
“Through his tireless efforts, he took an already strong and
highly regarded curriculum to new heights,” said Wendy Wintersteen, dean of the
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State. “Among many
accomplishments, he spearheaded construction of the Jeff and Deb Hansen
Agriculture Student Learning Center, a premier place for students to gain
hands-on experience in animal science.”
“Throughout the pork industry, Dr. Hogberg is known for his
positive collaboration, commitment to excellence and responsiveness to
addressing the needs and concerns of all,” Hines said.