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Juhnke takes job as director of Nebraska pork group

LINCOLN, Neb. — Former State Representative Al Juhnke, of Willmar, will take over as executive director of the Nebraska Pork Producers Association in January.

The selection was made after a national search.

“We are very pleased to announce this appointment,” said Scott Spilker, president of the association, which is based in Lincoln, Nebraska.

“Al will bring leadership and creativity to the Aassociation. He has an extensive public and private agriculture background and is experienced in public policy,” Spilker said in a news release.

Juhnke’s experience includes over 30 years of executive planning, administration, communications and marketing in the agriculture sector.

He has served as ag, energy, and environment adviser to U.S. Senator Al Franken since 2011. Prior to joining Sen. Franken’s staff, Juhnke served in the Minnesota House of Representatives for 14 years.

Juhnke said he and his wife, Claire, will be moving to Nebraska.

The Nebraska Pork Producers Association was established in 1961 as a grassroots nonprofit organization to promote the pork industry.

Juhnke will fill the vacancy created by retiring Larry Sitzman.