Bill Luckey of Columbus, Neb. has been appointed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a new member to the National Pork Board. He will serve a three-year term.

The National Pork Board is comprised of 15 pork producers nominated by the National Pork Producers Delegate Body, which is made up of 132 producer and importer members.

Bill owns a wean-to-finish operation in Columbus, where he also holds partial ownership of a sow farm. Bill is responsible for the daily care of 740 nursery pigs and 1,400 finisher pigs. In addition, his family operates a 2,000-head custom contract finisher. They market 10,000 pigs annually. Bill also raises corn, soybeans and cattle on 700 acres.

Bill is currently serving on the board of directors for the Swine Health Information Center. He has also been active on numerous National Pork Board committees and currently serves as chairman of the International Marketing Committee. In addition, he has given over 50 speeches as an Operation Main Street 2.0 speaker. Previously, Bill served on the National Pork Producers Council board of directors from 2008 to 2014 and on the Nebraska Pork Producers Association (NPPA) board of directors from 2001 to 2007, and served as president from 2006 to 2007.