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Pork Checkoff Welcomes New National Pork Board Members

by 5m Editor
31 May 2007, at 8:44am

US - Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns has announced five appointments to the 15-member National Pork Board. The five appointees will serve three-year terms beginning 1 July 2007. They were chosen from among eight pork producers nominated and ranked by the National Pork Act Delegate Body during its annual meeting in March.

The appointees are:

  • Tim A. Bierman, Larrabee, Iowa – Second term
  • Henry E. Moore, Clinton, N.C. – First term
  • Steven Weaver, Elk Grove, Calif. – Second term
  • Bruce A. Samson, Three Forks, Mont. – Second term
  • Everett L. Forkner, Richards, Mo. – First term

The new first-term members will join the Pork Board on 6 June for new member orientation. The first official board meeting for the new members will be the board’s strategic planning session 17-20 July in St. Louis. In addition, the new members will be integrated into three committees within the Board – budget, audit or administrative.

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. Pork importers also invest a comparable amount. The Pork Checkoff funds national and state programs in advertising, consumer information, retail and foodservice marketing, export market promotion, production improvement, technology, swine health and pork safety. For information on Checkoff-funded programs, pork producers can call the Pork Checkoff Service Center at (800) 456-PORK or check the Internet at porkboard.org.

5m Editor