INDIANAPOLIS — Although he’s been involved with the agriculture industry for several years, Josh Trenary now is serving it in a different way as the new executive director of Indiana Pork.

He previously was the director of business development for the organization and was chosen to replace Mike Platt, who served Indiana Pork for seven years, by a committee of Hoosier pork producers after a nationwide search.

Prior to being elected as the new executive director, Trenary noted, he spent a lot of time managing the agency’s membership and the policy side of the organization.

Now under his new job title, he also will be working with the checkoff program.

Through the policy work he’s done in the past for Indiana Pork, Trenary mentioned that he has learned a lot about the industry, and he believes what he has done with policy will help bring synergy to the checkoff program.

“This is a great job for me to use the knowledge I’ve gained from the industry and apply it,” he said.

Checkoff dollars, Trenary added, are used for promotion events, education and research and partnering on activities with the National Pork Board.

He noted that he grew up in Indiana around hogs, and he has taken that practical experience and learned even more about the swine industry.

Over the last few years, he said, he has combined those practical lessons and what he has learned from producers to better serve the industry.

“We are very pleased to announce this selection,” said Heather Hill, president of Indiana Pork and chair of the search committee.

“Over the past five years, Josh has proven himself to be an asset to the organization in multiple ways. He is an attorney who is also skilled in organization management,” she said in a written statement. “We feel this combination will serve Indiana’s pork producers well.”