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Erica Hering, in 2015 the first female chosen to lead the American Association of Meat Processors, has joined the advisory board of Oklahoma State University’s Robert M. Kerr Food & Agricultural Products Center (FAPC).
Appointed by the President Pro Tempore of the Oklahoma Senate, Hering, co-owner and corporate fiscal officer of Ralph’s Packing Co., will be one of 16 board members to help oversee the center’s mission and vision.
“FAPC has such a strong and prominent reputation in Oklahoma and nationwide, and I feel the IAC has been a primary influence on the direction of FAPC over the years. There are many changes and challenges coming to our industry, and I’m very excited to be a part of such a diverse and knowledgeable committee, which will help guide FAPC through these changes,” Hering said, in a news release about her board appointment.
Hering is a third-generation leader in the family business, serving Perkins and surrounding communities since the 1950s. Ralph’s Packing Co. is a complete meat-processing company, specializing in high-quality smoked and fresh-meat products.
In addition to growing up working in the family’s small meat plant, Hering also has served on the board of directors of state and national meat-processing associations.
“Through all of my personal experience with my family’s meat plant, as well as my experience on national and regional meat boards, I feel I bring a unique perspective of the small-to-medium sizes meat-processing facilities,” she said.
FAPC has had a strong relationship with Ralph’s Packing Co. since the center’s inception in 1997. The company has benefited from several FAPC services throughout the past 20 years, including nutritional labeling, custom processing, food safety seminars, social media training and product testing.
“Ralph’s Packing Co. has been transformed into a contemporary specialty meats business under the able leadership of Ms. Hering,” said FAPC Director Roy Escoubas, in the release. “Her experience in the family business and leadership with multiple meat-processing organizations make her an excellent resource to the committee.”