Maschhoff Assumes National Pork Producers Council Presidency

Carlyle, IL (March 3, 2017) — Ken Maschhoff, a fifth-generation pork producer from Carlyle, Ill., was elected president of the National Pork Producers Council at the organization’s annual business meeting held in Atlanta, GA, on Friday, March 3, 2017.

He is chairman of Maschhoff Family Foods, the parent company of The Maschhoffs LLC, which focuses on pig production. Under Maschhoff’s direction, the company has grown to become the largest family-owned hog production company in North America, producing more than 5 million market hogs a year through a network of more than 500 independent production partners. The company operates in nine states and produces enough pork to feed 16 million households each year.

The National Pork Producers Council, representing 43 affiliated state associations, works to ensure that the U.S. pork industry remains a consistent and responsible supplier of high-quality pork to domestic and international markets.

“Ken’s long years of service to the pork industry and his experienced and thoughtful leadership will be big assets as he guides NPPC as president for the next year,” said NPPC CEO Neil Dierks. “The U.S. pork industry will benefit tremendously having Ken at the helm of this organization.”

In addition to serving on the NPPC board, Maschhoff serves on the board for several other organizations, including Christ Our Rock Lutheran High School, Potter Electric and First Light USA. He previously served on the board of the Illinois Pork Producers Association, Midland States Bank and Midland States Bancorp Inc.

Maschhoff received a bachelor’s degree in Animal Industries from Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC), where he was selected “Outstanding Senior in Agriculture.” In 2005, he received the Service to Agriculture award from SIUC’s College of Agricultural Sciences. He is a graduate of the Illinois Agricultural Leadership Program. He and his wife, Julie, still live on the home farm near Carlyle and have four grown children.

“I am extremely honored to serve as the president of the National Pork Producers Council,” says Maschhoff. “Over the years, I have stood alongside my fellow producers as we have celebrated our successes and weathered our industry lows. I continue to witness firsthand how much our industry evolves and I will work hard as the next president of NPPC to see that our industry continues thriving.”