WPA Recognizes Award Winners

The Wisconsin Pork Association (WPA) recognized individuals that were selected as their outstanding pork industry leaders during the organization’s annual meeting held on February 1st in conjunction with the Corn/Soy Expo in Wisconsin Dells.

Distinguished Service Producer Honoree- Brian Klubertanz

Each year, the Wisconsin Pork Association presents a Distinguished Service Award to a fellow pork producer whose contributions to the Wisconsin swine industry merit special recognition.

Brian is from Waterloo, Wisconsin, where he resides with his family on their farrow-to-finish operation. Brian has served two terms on the WPA Board of Directors and held the Treasurer position. His passion for raising pigs, commitment to protecting the swine industry, and willingness to step up in time of need are what makes him a great role model and member of our organization. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Heather, and supporting his kids at their various activities.

Distinguished Service Industry Honoree- Heritage Swine Genetics

The pork industry is fortunate in having many industry representatives who are dedicated to promoting
and serving the industry. The Wisconsin Pork Association honors these individuals and companies by
presenting them with the Industry Honoree Award. This year’s recipient is Heritage Swine Genetics of
Elkhorn. Heritage Swine has decades of expertise raising breeding stock and providing veterinary
services and consulting to producers throughout Wisconsin and the nation. They pride themselves in
their animal welfare practices and community outreach efforts.

Friend of the Industry Award- Representative Derrick Van Orden

This award is given to an individual that provides exemplary service to the Wisconsin Pork Association.
Congressman Derrick Van Orden resides in Prairie du Chien and proudly represents the people of Wisconsin’s 3rd Congressional District. An American patriot and retired Navy SEAL, Derrick has dedicated his life to serving and protecting Americans. Now as a congressman, he continues the fight and advocates for our farmers, veterans, workers, tradesmen, job creators, seniors, and families of Wisconsin.

Derrick’s life of public service began when he joined the Navy at the age of 18. He had the honor to serve our great nation for 26 years, retiring as a Navy SEAL Senior Chief with multiple combat tours. -Additionally, he served in the Horn of Africa, Asia, Europe, and South and Central America. During his tour in Europe in 2012, he was responsible for planning Special Operations contingency operations for the European Continent. Derrick also became involved in acting during his military service – starring in major motion picture films. After retirement, Derrick, and his wife Sara Jane, decided to reopen their local village café which is a gathering place for friends and family.