Three individuals were recognized for their excellence in pork production and contributions to the pork industry. Those chosen for these honors are nominated by their peers and selected by the MPPA Board of Directors.

The Distinguished Service Award, Michigan Pork Producers Association’s highest honor, is bestowed on those individuals who have made a significant lifetime contribution to the pork industry at both the state and national levels.  Receiving the award this year is Larry Urban.

For many years, Larry was the Vice President of Commercial Lending for Greenstone and has been involved in helping finance swine operations across the state. Larry was unable to attend the symposium to receive his award.

The Annual Master Pork Producer Award honors those who have demonstrated skill in proficient pork production and taken an active leadership role in the Michigan pork industry. Chosen to receive the award this year is Andy Snider of Snider Farms from Hart, Michigan.

Andy and his wife became partners of the family farm with his parents in the early 1980s. Since then, his farm has changed and interest in raising hogs has grown, now supporting several generations.

The Swine Herd Manager Award is given annually by Michigan Pork Producers Association to an individual who exemplifies superior commitment, knowledge and leadership in their role as a manager of a pork production operation. MPPA awarded Jason Klein with Dykhuis Farms the Swine Herd Manager Award.