Bill Even, Chief Executive Officer
National Pork Board
Prior to his employment with the National Pork Board, Bill served as the global industry relations lead for DuPont Pioneer where he managed the global corporate engagement strategy focusing on collaborative stakeholder relationships in the areas of seed, biotechnology, biofuels, and farm policy. Bill also served as commercial unit lead for DuPont Pioneer in South Dakota, North Dakota, and Minnesota. In that role he was responsible for leading the seed sales, marketing, agronomy, training, research, production, and policy needs in the region.
Prior to joining DuPont Pioneer, Bill served as South Dakota secretary of agriculture from 2007 to 2010. He managed six department divisions: Agriculture Regulatory Services, Agriculture Development, State Fair, Wildland Fire, Resource Conservation and Forestry, and Agricultural Policy.
Bill also served as deputy secretary of tourism and state development, director of the governor’s office of economic development, state energy policy director, and policy advisor for Governor Mike Rounds.
Bill holds a degree in agricultural production from Lake Area Technical Institute, a BS in agricultural business from South Dakota State University; and a juris doctorate from Drake University Law School, where he was an Opperman Scholar.
Bill and his family own and operate a fifth-generation diversified crop and livestock farm near Humboldt, South Dakota where they raise corn, soybeans, wheat, alfalfa, and cattle. The farm was homesteaded in 1883 by his great-grandfather and Bill began farming in 1983. Bill and his wife, Janell, have three children and live in Adel, Iowa.