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Hays to lead Missouri Pork as executive director

Scott Hays, a fifth-generation pork producer from Monroe City, Mo., will be the next executive director of the Missouri Pork Association. He is currently serving as president of the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) Board of Directors.

ScottHaysScott Hays will succeed the retiring Don Nikodim as executive director of the Missouri Pork Association.Hays will join the Missouri Pork team on April 1, 2024, stepping into the role following the retirement of Don Nikodim, who has led the Association for 40 years.

“I am excited about the opportunity to advocate for an industry that I’ve been passionate about since childhood,” said Hays. “I look forward to helping producers navigate the challenges they face running their business, while representing the pork industry in Jefferson City, continuing our relationship with the University of Missouri, and promoting our fabulous products.”

After growing up on a farm in Monroe County, Scott served in the U.S. Army in Europe before returning home to grow the family’s pig farm. Scott, and his wife, Riss, have six children and 12 grandchildren.

“Scott’s experience in many different leadership positions throughout his career and his passion for the pork industry make him an excellent fit as our next executive director,” said Adam Dohrman, chairman of the MPA Board of Directors. “We’re excited to have him join and lead the team at Missouri Pork.”

In addition to his involvement on the NPPC Board of Directors, Hays is the current board president of Missouri ALOT (Agricultural Leaders of Tomorrow) and is a member of the Missouri Farm Bureau, Missouri Corn Growers Association, Monroe City FFA Alumni and Missouri Institute of Cooperatives. He was chairman of the MPA Board of Directors from 2011-2012.

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