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 Brant Graham.

Brant serves as the Territory Manager for United Animal Health, based in Holland, MI. He has been helping producers improve efficiency in their operations for many years and has proved his dedication to the industry.

The Contract Grower Award is presented to an individual for their excellence in production at a contract farm operation. This year’s award was presented to Brad Blonde of Precision Pork in Litchfield, MI.

The Swine Herd Manager Award is given annually to an individual who exemplifies superior commitment, knowledge and leadership in their role as a manager of a pork production operation. MPPA awarded the Swine Herd Manager Award to John Guikema with Snider Farm in Hart, MI.