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WIU Alumnus Wins IPPA Distinguished Service Award

March 5, 2019

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MACOMB, IL – Western Illinois University alumnus Jeff Galle, of Pittsfield, IL, was recently awarded the Illinois Pork Producers Association (IPPA) Distinguished Service Award.

Galle, a more than 50-year veteran of the pork industry, is a founding member of the Western Illinois Pork Producers. He is a professor emeritus from the animal science department at John Wood Community College (JWCC), and continues to teach there as a part-time associate faculty member.

After receiving his bachelor's degree in agriculture education from WIU in 1978, Galle received his master's degree in agriculture education from Southern Illinois University in 1986 and his Ph.D. in animal science from the University of Illinois in 2006.

Galle's distinguished service award was presented during the IPPA's annual meeting in February.

"I am grateful to the Western Illinois Pork Producers Association for nominating me, and for the Illinois Pork Producers Association for selecting me for this honor," said Galle. "I was very surprised and humbled to be considered for this award. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time and efforts working in the pork industry. There are a lot of great people involved with the pork industry and I have enjoyed working with them over the years."

Throughout Galle's life, he has been involved in all aspects of the pork industry at the local, state and national levels. His interest began with his involvement with the Henry County Pork Producers, where his father served as president.

Galle later became president of the Pike County Pork Producers, which led to his role as the District Nine director for the IPPA and eventually becoming IPPA president from 2000-01. He was also a delegate for several years at the American Pork Congress, now known as the Pork Industry Forum, and served for several years on the National Pork Board.

Currently, Galle serves as a member of the Industry Services and Production Tech committees for the IPPA and is a member of the Swine Extension and Educators group for the National Pork Board. He is also a founding member of the Western Illinois Pork Producers.

Locally, Galle serves with the Extension Council, on the 4-H Livestock Sale Committee and is a judge for 4-H and FFA record books, proficiency awards and master showmanship contests.

Since his retirement from JWCC, Galle established his own company, Global Pork Production Enterprises, Ltd.

Just after his graduation from WIU, Galle and 34 of his fellow graduates spent 34 days on an agriculture field study in eight countries of Western Europe. After the trip, he returned to WIU as a graduate assistant, teaching animal science labs. He also taught and coached the WIU Livestock Judging Team and served as an advisor for the WIU Hoof and Horn Club.

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