Pork Act Delegates will discuss some of the key issues and challenges facing the pork industry during the annual business meeting of the U.S. pork industry March 2-4 in Kansas City, Mo., at the National Pork Forum.
Delegates determine business as it relates to the pork checkoff program, including the rate of the checkoff and the amount of checkoff revenue distributed to state pork associations for checkoff-funded programs. Delegates also nominate producers and/or importers for appointment to the National Pork Board and to the Pork Nominating Committee. The recommendations concerning the pork checkoff and the appointments to the National Pork Board are made to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, who makes the final determination.
"Forum is a key time for the people who invest in the checkoff to participate in the business of how to use their investments in the future," says Tim Bierman, a pork producer from Larrabee, Iowa, a National Pork Board member and chair of the Pork Checkoff Resolutions Committee.
Pork Act Delegates are pork producers or importers nominated by their state pork producer associations or individually, then appointed by the secretary of agriculture. Each of the 50 states may be represented by at least two Pork Act Delegates. The number of delegates and the voting "power" of each delegate are determined by the amount of checkoff collected from the state they represent.
For 2006, USDA appointed 153 pork producers and 8 importers to the National Pork Producers Delegate Body. States have the option of not submitting nominees; three states did not submit nominees and four states submitted only one nominee. Importer representation is based on assessments on imported pork and pork products.