Make plans to attend third annual K-State ASI Family and Friends Reunion on Friday, Oct. 13 in Manhattan.
Sharon Schwartz, Washington, Kan., long-time pork industry leader and state legislator has been selected to receive the 2017 Don L. Good Impact Award.
The award, presented by the Livestock and Meat Industry Council Inc. (LMIC), is named in honor of Good, who is a former head of the Kansas State University Department of Animal Sciences and Industry (ASI), and recognizes positive impact on the livestock and meat industry or agriculture. Schwartz will be recognized during the K-State ASI Family and Friends Reunion, set for Oct. 13 at the Stanley Stout Center in Manhattan.
Schwartz was instrumental in helping change the pork industry’s marketing strategy which led to the highly successful “Pork. The Other White Meat” campaign. She served two terms on the National Pork Board as well as serving on several national committees. She also has served as president of the Kansas Pork Producers Council and as an executive board member of the U.S. Meat Export Federation.
Her commitment to service is not limited to the agriculture industry as she served 20 years in the Kansas Legislature. During her tenure in the legislature, Representative Schwartz served as the chair of the agriculture, chair and vice chair of appropriations, and chair of rules and regulations committees.
“The Livestock and Meat Industry Council is very proud to honor Sharon with this year’s Don L. Good Impact award,” says Craig Good, LMIC president. “I have observed Sharon and her family’s leadership and accomplishments for nearly 40 years. She has been a strong voice and visionary leader on both the state and national level in the swine industry but perhaps her biggest impact on agriculture has been her many important roles in the Kansas Legislature. She has been a dedicated advocate for agriculture in the state of Kansas and Kansas State University.”
Schwartz and her husband of 53 years, Leo, have two children and are proud grandparents of nine. The couple has farmed together raising hogs and cattle in Washington County.
“The Department of Animal Sciences and Industry is excited to join with LMIC in recognizing Sharon for her contributions to the pork and ag industries and to the state of Kansas,” says Ken Odde, K-State ASI department head. “We invite our ASI alumni and friends and all who have worked with Sharon to join us as we recognize Sharon and celebrate her contributions to the agriculture industry on Oct. 13.”