South Dakota Pork Producers Council honors Rasmussen

The South Dakota Pork Producers Council recently honored Roberta Rasmussen from Viborg, South Dakota with the Dedicated and Distinguished Service Award at the Master Pork Producers Banquet.

“The Dedicated and Distinguished Service Award recognizes an individual who provides outstanding and dedicated service to South Dakota’s pork industry; and Roberta certainly has demonstrated this type of service to our industry. We are proud to honor her with this award,” said SDPPC Executive Board member Mark Fuoss of Armour.

In 1959, she married Curtis O. Rasmussen and her journey began with working on the farm, raising 4 incredible children to become good citizens and great pork producers with a lot of help from friends and family.

She has always been involved in the community and church activities including the Viborg Pork Show. It ran for 28 years and she was the chair for 1 year and treasurer for several years. In 1991, she served in the South Dakota State Senate for 3 terms. She served on the senate Agriculture Committee and Judiciary. She also had the opportunity to chair the Ag Committee.

Since her retirement she stays active in running the Viborg Community food pantry, being the director of the Danish Museum in Viborg and working in the Turner County & SDPPC pork food booths, SDPPC information booth and serving sandwiches at grocery store promotions. You will still find her promoting the best meat product in this country. Her passion for the pork industry is strong and she love to tell you about it.

Curtis and Roberta have 3 sons; Chris, Robert and Alan and a daughter Julie. They have 10 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.