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Cherokee Co. Pork Producers to hold annual Banquet

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Leon Sheets
The Cherokee County Pork Producers will be holding their annual banquet on Sunday February 12 at the Aurelia Community Center.

The evening will begin with a Social Hour at 6 p.m., with Sara Sennert providing pleasant background music as people gather to visit. Dinner and a Business Meeting will follow at 6:30 p.m., and the 2012 "Little Miss Pigtails" winner will also be announced at that time.

Guest Speaker at the meeting will be Leon Sheets, who served as President of the Iowa Pork Producers Association in 2011. Leon Sheets has been a longtime member of the Iowa Pork Producers Association (IPPA), the Iowa Cattlemen's Association, the Iowa Corn Growers Association, the Iowa Soybean Association and the Iowa Farm Bureau. He received the IPPA Master Pork Producer Award in 1984, an award which recognizes excellence in the Iowa pork production industry.

He is active on the national level as well, serving on committees for both the National Pork Board and National Pork Producers Council, and he has also been recognized in the IPPA Feeder Pig Hall of Fame for his contributions to the industry, and received the Iowa 4-H Meritorious Service Award for his leadership in the 4-H program.

Leon earned a Bachelor of Science degree in animal science from South Dakota State University in 1979, and he and his wife Barbara live in Ionia, Iowa, where he

is the owner of Ionia Pigs, Inc., a 1,200-sow farrow -to- feeder swine operation which produces 24,000 pigs each year. He is also a 4th generation farmer who owns Sheets Farms, a diversified farming operation where he finishes 24,000 pigs for market each year, raises 45 Simmentals and Shorhorn cows, and grows corn, beans and hay on 600 acres. Leon also serves as a 4-H livestock judging coach and is a certified lay speaker in his church.

The public is invited and encouraged to attend the banquet, and the cost for non-members of the Pork Producers is $10 per person.

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