MPA Chairman’s Award Presented to Dr. Tim Safranski

Columbia, Mo.,–Marcus Belshe, chairman of the Missouri Pork Association (MPA), announced Dr. Tim Safranski of Auxvasse as the recipient of the prestigious Chairman’s Award during the 2021 Missouri Pork Expo on February 2.


Dr. Safranski has been the state swine breeding specialist at the University of Missouri since 1996. He leads an integrated extension/research/teaching program in swine genetics, genetic conservation and reproductive management.


He received his B.S. degree from Oregon State University, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Missouri. Safranski, wife Trista (who is also a MU professor), and their sons Carson, Casper, Cooper and Carver live on a farm near Auxvasse.


Each year, the Chairman’s Award is presented to a key individual for their outstanding service and support of the pork industry, the Association and its members.


The 2021 Missouri Pork Expo was held February 2-3 in Osage Beach. Pork producers from across the state enjoyed a trade show, producer education sessions and guest speakers.


The Missouri Pork Association represents the state’s pork producers in the areas of promotion, research, education and public policy. For more information about this or any other programs of the Missouri Pork Association, go to, or call the Missouri Pork Association office at (573) 445-8375.


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