The National Pork Board will begin building its 2014 marketing, research and education plans during a meeting this week in Des Moines, Iowa.
Board President Karen Richter will preside over the meeting that will yield the 2014 Pork Checkoff budget.
"Our annual Plan of Work meeting has become an important tradition in ensuring that we are investing Pork Checkoff dollars in a manner that meets the needs of pork producers and captures opportunity for the pork industry," Richter said.
She noted that the board has fewer dollars to work with this year, but plans to put together "innovative and aggressive" programs and a strong discussion about the Checkoff budget.
In addition to budget discussion, members will hear a report on the summer domestic marketing campaign, a briefing on recent communication initiatives, and an update on Pork Checkoff Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus research and education.
Pork Board nominations
The Pork Checkoff also noted that the Board is accepting nominations for incoming 2014 Board Members until Nov. 1, 2013. The Board will fill five, three-year terms commencing in July 2014.
Nominees may be submitted by state pork producer associations, farm organizations or anyone who pays the Pork Checkoff, which includes pork producers and pork importers. A minimum of eight candidates must be ranked by Pork Act Delegates before being sent to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack for approval.
The 15 positions on the Checkoff board are held by pork producers or importers who volunteer their time. Interviews for board candidates will be held in Des Moines on Dec. 12-13, 2013.
Seats to be elected in 2014 currently are held by: Conley Nelson, Iowa, second term; Karen Richter, Minnesota, second term; Roy Henry, Kansas, second term; Henry Moore, North Carolina, second term; and Glen Walters, Georgia, second term.
Pork Board nominating committee
Candidates are also being sought for two open positions on the Pork Board Nominating Committee. Those appointed to the nominating committee will serve a two-year term in 2014 and 2015. The Pork Checkoff Nominating Committee will solicit, interview, evaluate and recommend candidates to the Pork Act Delegate Body at the annual meeting March 6-8, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo.