The Missouri Pork Association (MPA) Board of Directors is excited to announce Scott Hays as its next executive director. Hays is a fifth-generation pork producer from Monroe City, Missouri, and is currently president of the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) Board of Directors. He will join the Missouri Pork team on April 1, 2024.


Hays will step into the role following the retirement of Don Nikodim, who has led the Association for 40 years.

Dr. Ron Plain, professor emeritus and extension economist in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics at the University of Missouri- Columbia, was recognized as National Pork Board’s Distinguished Service Award recipient at the 2023 Pork Forum.

On December 6, the Missouri Pork Association, National Pork Board and the University of Missouri held the third annual FFA Swine Facility Management Contest in Columbia, Missouri. The California FFA Chapter received first place in this hands-on event that focused on real-world jobs in the pork industry. California FFA team members included Derek Bolinger, Ayden Howard, Ellye Messerli and Paige Morris.