MPA Chairman’s Award Presented to Scott Phillips

Columbia, Mo.,–Marcus Belshe, chairman of the Missouri Pork Association (MPA), announced Scott Phillips from Drexel as the recipient of the annual Chairman’s Award during the 2020 Missouri Pork Expo on February 11.

Scott returned to the family farm in 1990 after serving in the U.S. Air Force Reserves as an A-10 fighter pilot. He and his brother Martin own Phillips Family Farms, a 2,000 sow farrow-to-finish operation. Scott and his nephew Nathan joined in a partnership to build and operate a 2,500 sow farrow-to-wean building called Mulberry Creek Farms.

Scott is currently serving as a director on the National Pork Board and is on the producer services committee. He also served as a National Pork Producers Council delegate at Pork Forum, a Pork Board delegate and was a member of the Missouri Swine Focus Advisory Committee. Phillips participated in the Pork Leadership Academy in 2005 and received the Pork All American Award in 2002. He was Chairman of the Missouri Pork Association in 2015 and 2016. He served on the USMEF Trade Committee and is a member of the Board for the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance. Scott continues to build on a strong family heritage as his parents Jim and Lois Phillips were extremely involved in a variety of leadership roles across the pork industry.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics from the University of Missouri in 1982 and a master’s degree in agricultural economics from the University of Missouri in 1984. Scott and his wife, Dawnita, have three children, are active in the Garden City Baptist Church and Scott serves as a Boy Scouts leader.

Each year, the MPA Chairman presents the award to a key individual for their support of the pork industry, the Association and its members.

The 2020 Missouri Pork Expo was held February 11-12 in Columbia. Pork producers from across the state enjoyed a trade show, producer education sessions and guest speakers.

The Missouri Pork Association represents the state’s pork producers in the areas of promotion, research, education and legislation. For more information about this or any other programs of the Missouri Pork Association, go to, or call the Missouri Pork Association office at (573) 445-8375.

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