The National Pork Board this week presented its Distinguished Service Award to retired swine geneticist Roy Poage, a Coleman native.
The award, which is presented annually at the National Pork Industry Forum, recognizes those who have made lifelong contributions to the pork industry.
Shortly after receiving a degree in geology from Texas Tech University in 1959, Poage began raising hogs with his father-in-law, the late T. Euel Liner, and in 1961 the two men founded Lubbock Swine Breeders on a farm near Posey.
At his retirement in 1998, Poage was president of DeKalb Swine Breeders, the world’s second largest supplier of swine breeding stock and genetics.
In a news release, Jan Archer — a North Carolina pork producer who Poage mentored — said Poage “has offered exceptional leadership and service to the pork industry,” and that the those he trained have become industry leaders.
“He developed several new training programs and influenced modern pork production practices,” Archer said. “Roy’s impact on the pork industry can not be overstated.”