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Alpena man re-elected to lead pork producers in S. Dakota

SIOUX FALLS -- The South Dakota Pork Producers Council has elected Andrew Arhart, a pork producer from Alpena, to serve as president for a second term.

"I am ready to take on the challenges that might arise for our group of producers," he said in a news release. "We have many exciting opportunities ahead of us in the South Dakota pork industry, and I am looking forward to working with all the dedicated pork producers that are committed to the swine industry in this state."

Arhart is a 1995 graduate of Dakota Wesleyan University with a degree in accounting and ag-business. After graduation, he joined the family farm and also worked as a commodity broker and grain merchandiser before transitioning to the farm full-time in 2004.

He and his wife Melissa manage Arhart Farms Inc., along with his brother Jonathan and Jonathan's wife, Joy, and the brothers' parents, LaVerne and Judy. The farms consist of a 3,600-head hog finishing facility, 800-head beef feedlot, 250-head cow-calf operation and 1,200 acres of cropland.

The board also elected Lester Moeller, of St. Lawrence, as first vice president; Ryan Storm, of Mount Vernon, as second vice president; and executive board members Rod Foster, of Garden City, Matt Storm, of Mount Vernon, Ray Epp, of Yankton, Craig Anderson, of Centerville, and Clarence Wurtz and Hannah Walkes, both of Pipestone Vet Clinic.