Protecting NPB statutory authority
National Pork Board
The North Carolina Pork Council delegation submitted the advisement at Pork Forum to urge U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to defend the U.S. pork industry by upholding a purchase agreement between the National Pork Board and the National Pork Producers Council.
In a historic move, 145 Pork Checkoff delegates representing 43 states and importers unanimously joined the North Carolina Pork Council in support of an advisement introduced at the National Pork Board delegate assembly. During the advisement’s introduction and discussion, it was particularly noteworthy that every state represented in the delegate body added their name as co-sponsors to the advisement.
The advisement reads:
Whereas the Humane Society of the U.S. (HSUS) has filed a federal lawsuit against USDA contesting contractual agreements between the National Pork Board and the National Pork Producers Council; and, whereas the outcome sought by HSUS would damage the ability of the National Pork Board to exercise its judgment in marketing free from judicial and third-party review; therefore, be it resolved that the delegates of the National Pork Board, appointed by the U. S. Secretary of Agriculture, petition him to mount a strong and vigorous defense of the department’s past approval of National Pork Board contracts, employing all possible legal tactics to preserve the authority and independence of the National Pork Board to negotiate and enter into contracts related to its statutory responsibilities under the Pork Act and Order.