Shane Odegaard (SDARL VI) was elected President of the South Dakota Pork Producers Council at the 52nd Annual Pork Congress held in Sioux Falls January 13-14, 2021. Odegaard operates a family farm near Lake Preston. He also received the “Pork All-American” award, presented by outgoing President Craig Andersen (at left with Shane in photo below).

You can read more about Shane in this article in the TriState Neighbor HERE.  SDARL graduates and class members were present at the meeting as participants and presenters. Pictured below are Dr. Robert Thaler (SDARL III), Tanya Torguson (SDARL XI), Ray Epp (SDARL V), Lynn Hurley (SDARL III), and Shane Odegaard (SDARL VI).

SDARL CEO Don Norton, pictured below, presented an overview of the flagship 18-month leadership program.

Also announced at the Pork Congress were three Pork Ambassadors for 2021. One of the ambassadors is Kyra Schenk, daughter of Nancy and Karl Schenk (SDARL IV). Kyra is studying Animal Science at SDSU. You can read about the ambassadors HERE.


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