Deadline to apply nears

The Pork Checkoff’s Board of Directors is now accepting nominations to fill five three-year terms. State pork producer associations, farm organizations or anyone who pays into the Pork Checkoff, which includes pig farmers and pork importers, may submit nominees.

Pork Act Delegates must rank a minimum of eight candidates before being sent to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack for approval.

Serving on the National Pork Board is a great opportunity for producers to show their support of the industry, while helping to plan for a successful future. Any person who is a pork producer or importer and has paid all Checkoff assessments due, or is a representative of a producer or company that produces hogs and/or pigs, is eligible to serve on the National Pork Checkoff Board.

The 15 positions on the Checkoff board are held by pork producers or importers who volunteer their time. Seats to be elected in 2016 are currently held by:

Wathina Luthi, Oklahoma
Derrick Sleezer, Iowa
Terry O’Neel, Nebraska
Mike Wyant, Missouri
Janet Archer, North Carolina

Candidates are also being sought for three open positions on the Pork Board Nominating Committee. Those appointed to the nominating committee will fill two, two-year terms in 2016 and 2017 and one-one year term in 2017. The Pork Checkoff Nominating Committee will solicit, interview, evaluate and recommend candidates for the Board to the Pork Act Delegate Body at the National Pork Industry Forum.

The application deadline is Nov. 1, 2015, with interviews for each candidate to be held in Des Moines on Dec. 10-11, 2015. Please direct application requests and questions to the National Pork Checkoff Board either by mail to 1776 NW 114th St., Clive, Iowa 50325, by telephone to Ashley Lowrey at (515) 223-2600, or email ALowrey@pork.org. More information and applications are also available at www.pork.org/about-us/get-involved.

The National Pork Checkoff Board consists of 15 members, each serving a maximum of two three-year terms. The Pork Act requires that no fewer than 12 states be represented by the 15 Pork Board members.

The National Pork Board has responsibility for Checkoff-funded research, promotion and consumer information projects and for communicating with pork producers and the public. Through a legislative national Pork Checkoff, pork producers invest $0.40 for each $100 value of hogs sold. Importers of pork products contribute a like amount, based on a formula. The Pork Checkoff funds national and state programs in advertising, consumer information, retail and foodservice marketing, export market promotion, production improvement, science and technology, swine health, pork safety and sustainability and environmental management.   For information on Checkoff-funded programs, pork producers can call the Pork Checkoff Service Center at (800) 456-7675 or check the Internet at www.pork.org.

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